Kara DioGuardi: It Would Be ‘Very Sad’ If Simon Left Idol

By Nicholas Ballasy | May 12, 2009 | 11:12 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi told CNSNews.com that it would be “very sad” if fellow judge Simon Cowell were to leave the show and that knowing 30 million people are watching her on “American Idol” sometimes causes her "brain synapses not to fuse,” leading her to misspeak.
DioGuardi spoke with CNSNews.com at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night.

Asked what she thought about the possibility of Simon Cowell leaving the show, she said: “I think that would be very sad. I think Simon is big part of that show--this show, that show. I’m thinking of it as someone who used to view him at home and also as someone who listens to him now on a panel.”

She also said that realizing there are 30 million people watching what she says on “American Idol” sometimes causes her to misspeak.
“Well, there’s something about knowing that 30 million people are listening to you that causes sometimes some sort of brain synapses not to fuse. So, you know, you’ll say six words, instead of eight, or this or that so that’s the big thing. At home, I always got it right. You know, it was like, ‘I got 8 words for you mister.’ But when you are sitting in front of that camera sometimes, you’re just--your thoughts are going like this and you want to get it all out and so at times I mess up,” she said.

“But at home, I was always like, ‘ahh,’ at that--because no one’s listening to me at home. So I guess it’s the difference in the medium, of having to speak and be on the spot right there in the moment. At times, it can be a little challenging. At home, it’s a lot easier to scream at that TV when no one is watching you.”

DioGuardi did not want to give her personal prediction for who will be this season’s winner.
“Here’s the thing,” she said. “I mean, I could tell you who I think is going to win, but everybody has said that already, who they think is going to win, so I’m just going to say: May the best contestant win. I mean, I have my ideas on who it’s going to be but why spoil the fun? Let’s see. You never know. It’s a week-to-week competition. I never thought Allison would be gone. You never know what’s going to happen.”