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* DIOGUARDI'S SHOCK AT IDOL CALL-UP New AMERICAN IDOL judge KARA DIOGUARDI was so surprised to be offered the job that she nearly fell off her chair. The music producer was stunned to be given the post, but insists she will add to the chemistry of the TV talent show. And she is determined to get on with her fellow judges - including Paula Abdul, with whom she collaborated on Kylie Minogue's hit Spinning Around. Speaking about the moment she was offered the role, DioGuardi says, I almost fell off the chair and adds that she hopes to create a new chemistry as well as keeping the old. And asked how she felt about judging wannabe pop stars, she says, I'm a little nervous. I'm going to be a straight shooter and say it like I see it and maintain that philosophy. I'm somebody who's really honest and gives an opinion. If I feel I need to be hard, I will be. And if I feel I need to be more nurturing, I will be. (ZN/WNWCPL/CL) Ryan Seacrest American Idol judges introduce new judge Kara DioGuardi at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers New York City, USA - 26.08.08

American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul
American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul
American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul
American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul
American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul
American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul
American Idol, Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul

American Idol finalist Carly Smithson and American Idol winner David Cook pose on the field before the Mets played the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium - Queens, New York - Thursday 7th August 2008

Carly Smithson and American Idol

American Idol winner David Cook and American Idol finalist Carly Smithson pose on the field before the Mets played the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium - Queens, New York - Thursday 7th August 2008

Taylor Hicks from American Idol celebrates his Broadway debut in Grease with a handprint ceremony at Planet Hollywood in Times Square. - New York City, USA - Friday 6th June 2008

Taylor Hicks from American Idol celebrates his Broadway debut in Grease with a handprint ceremony at Planet Hollywood in Times Square. - New York City, USA - Friday 6th June 2008

from American Idol celebrates his Broadway debut in Grease with a handprint ceremony at Planet Hollywood in Times Square. - New York City, USA - Friday 6th June 2008

Taylor Hicks from American Idol celebrates his Broadway debut in Grease with a handprint ceremony at Planet Hollywood in Times Square. - New York City, USA - Friday 6th June 2008

the new 'American Idol' performing live on CBS' 'The Early Show' - New York City, USA - Thursday 29th May 2008

performing at the 'Toyota Concert Series' on NBC's 'Today' - New York City, USA - Thursday 29th May 2008

performing at the 'Toyota Concert Series' on NBC's 'Today' - New York City, USA - Thursday 29th May 2008

at the Rockefeller Plaza for an appearance on 'The Today Show' on NBC - New York City, USA - Thursday 29th May 2008

signs autographs for awaiting fans on NBC's 'The Today Show' on NBC - New York City, USA - Thursday 29th May 2008

outside MTV TRL Studios in Times Square - New York City, USA - Tuesday 27th May 2008

Arrivals at the 'American Idol 2008' finale. - Los Angeles, California - Wednesday 21st May 2008

Arrivals at the 'American Idol 2008' finale. - Los Angeles, California - Wednesday 21st May 2008

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