Kara tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that sometimes she just needs a break from music, but she also offers up advice for Simon and other reality show judges!
Kara DioGuardi judged American Idol alongside Simon Cowell for seasons eight and nine, but when they parted ways, it didn’t mean the end of their relationship. Kara, who’s now the head judge of Bravo’s Platinum Hit, still makes time to support Simon on his new show, The X Factor. She tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that she will be tuning in to watch the season premiere of The X Factor on Sept. 21, but doesn’t plan to watch the show “religiously” given her own hectic career.
“Oh yeah I mean sure [I will be watching],” Kara admits at the Reeve Foundation’s Night For A Cure event in NYC on Sept. 7. “[But] the thing with these shows is I live this every day. I work with Warner Brothers. I signed Jason Derulo, all these artists. So every day it’s: I’m listening to music, I’m judging talent. Sometimes … I don’t follow religiously. [Sometimes it’s just] laying at home, I just want to take a bath and have like a drink. I don’t want more music.”
But while Kara has to take some time to relax every once in a while (she’s quite busy staring in the Broadway show Chicago), she does have some advice for Simon and other judges like him. “It would probably be what I wish I had done more of — is just be yourself,” she shares. “Don’t worry what people think. Go for it because if you’re not sure of yourself and you don’t just go for it, you’re always going to wish that [you had].”
Kara learned this the hard way as it wasn’t easy at first for her to open up as an Idol judge. “I was so fearful at the beginning that I couldn’t get out of my own … ‘OMG there’s a red button on — 5 million viewers is so scary,'” she remembers. “But now it’s like I’ve been through it. Now I can go out on Broadway and act like a crazy murderess and have a good time.”
– Lindsey DiMattina
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