Interview with 'American Idol' Judge Kara Dioguardi

Yesterday I had the chance to chat with American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi as part of a conference call hyping Hollywood Week and the arrival of Ellen DeGeneres. Kara's excitement of not being the new kid at the judge's table was palpable as she chatted about Ellen's arrival and refused to talk about Paula's departure.

While all Abdul related topics were off-limits, Kara happily chatted about American Idol's newest judge, her hopes of a girl winning season 9, and Didi Benani's choice to cover one of her songs. Kara was also quick to dispel rumors of an Ellen and Simon feud, reminding reporters, "I think you have to take any rumor you hear about American Idol with a grain of salt." But that didn't stop Kara from giving a serious answer (and smack down) when it came to reports that Howard Stern might be the next American Idol judge. Here's what Kara had to say about season 9, rumors and all.

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