April 19, 2009 by beecup
American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi admits she lets her nerves get to her on the top-rated singing competition.
“It’s not an easy job,” DioGuardi says. “I mean, there was nothing wrong with that panel. It wasn’t like I had to fix something. It was great. So to come in and kind of be part of it was really tricky. So I look at it sometimes and I think, ‘All right, maybe I could have done this better or that better,’ but I’m literally just trying not to act like a bumbling moron because I’m so, you know, nervous at times.”
“I probably in my own way didn’t really take in what a huge thing it was, just ‘cause it would be so overwhelming,” she said. “Until I kind of showed up and was like, ‘Omigod, what am I doing here? This is, like, huge!’ And then it really hit me when we went live that, wow, ‘I got to speak live in front of 30 million people?’”
That’s 10 times more viewers than her previous gig as a TV judge on ABC’s ill-fated ‘The One,’ which garnered just 3 million viewers for its debut episode in the summer of 2006. The ‘American Idol’ meets ‘Big Brother’ fiasco went downhill from there, being cancelled after four episodes.
As the fourth judge, who joined Simon, Randy and Paula on AI this season, DioGuardi has taken a lot of judgment from the show’s fans and foes alike, being called out for talking too much while not saying anything. Hey, that’s Paula’s job! Maybe that’s why Paula said earlier this year that the four-judge concept doesn’t work.