‘Idol’s Kara DioGuardi Says Bikini Stunt ‘Saved Her Job’

by | March 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM | American Idol, TV News

'American Idol' Judge Kara DioGuardi on the Cover of Women's Health (Photo: Women's Health)

'American Idol' Judge Kara DioGuardi on the Cover of Women's Health (Photo: Women's Health)

Who could forget ‘American Idol‘ judge Kara DioGuardi’s bikini-clad blaze of glory at the end of Season 8?

The fourth ‘Idol’ judge made her mark on the show when she joined so-called ‘Bikini Girl’–20-year-old, wanna-be-model Katrina Darrel–on stage for a duet in the show’s finale, as the 38-year-old ripped off her frumpy dress to reveal a skimpy, black string-bikini underneath.

Almost a year later, DioGuardi reveals the stunt was a pivotal moment in the prolific songwriter’s life that may have saved her job.

“It was a defining moment. ‘Like she’s serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel,’” DioGuardi told ‘Women’s Health‘ of the bikini stunt on last season’s finale. “It probably saved my job.”

In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t easy to get DioGuardi, 38, to perform her strip tease act.

“I kept saying no,” she said in the magazine’s April issue. “What crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who is 20 and probably cosmetically enhanced? I looked a little pasty. But at least I didn’t wet myself!”

Reality-show judge jobs are scarce on musical competition television shows these days but apparently having worked with Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani isn’t enough. You also have to look like a Victoria’s Secret underwear model.

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