“I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave IDOL,” said Kara, 39. “I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol – it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!”
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“Judge Me Tender,” starring the Idol cast, will air May 23 on FOX.
FYI: This isn’t Simon‘s first time as a Simpsons guest! He made a cameo on the show back in 2004, playing an admissions screener at a Springfield pre-nursery school where Homer and Marge hoped to send Maggie.
The 39-year-old American Idol judge and songwriter dished on the stories of songs she’s written or collaborated on. Check it:
On “Rich Girl”: “I didn’t write [this song] with Gwen. [Interscope Geffen A&M chairman] Jimmy Iovine gave me the track, and I hummed some melodies and scatted some words. She loved it and filled it in. I remember getting a call in my car: ‘Jimmy Iovine and Gwen Stefani on the line. Can you take the call?’ I practically drove off the road.”
On “Sober”: “[Pink] and I opened up a bottle of wine, and it was the greatest game of tennis ever. She would say an amazing line, and I had to say something just as good. We were in sync. We’ve all had things in our lives that we should’ve done without, whether it’s drinking, eating, or working too hard. We had a common ground, and I had one of the best nights of my writing life.”
On “I Do Not Hook Up”: “I wrote this with Katy Perry on my kitchen floor. Originally the line was ‘Keep your thing in your pants, your heart on your sleeve,’ which I really liked. But Kelly changed it to ‘Keep your head in my hand and your heart on your sleeve.”
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When asked if fellow judge Simon Cowell ever lays into her the way he did Paula Abdul, Kara answered, “Definitely. It’s hard for me to say something negative to a contestant without giving something constructive back, and that annoys Simon. But they’re kids, and you feel for them – especially when they have a story, like they’ve overcome cancer or something.”
Remember last season on American Idol when Kara stripped down to a bikini alongside “Bikini Girl”? Hah!
Check out these shots of celebrity guest judges at the American Idol auditions for season 9 hopefuls!
“I believe in constructive criticism and I am a very positive person, so I always tried to find something good and helpful to focus on, be it someone’s singing, their looks or their overall style,” Vic said. “Having been a performer, I know how difficult it is to be that person standing there being judged. I didn’t want to trample on people’s dreams.”
American Idol starts up again this Tuesday (January 12) at 8/7c!
The two-night season premiere will air next Tuesday (January 12) at 8/7c on FOX and Wednesday (January 13) in the same time slot. According to Access Hollywood, the premiere week will feature auditions from Atlanta and Boston.
Ellen won’t be on the judging panel until February; instead, guest judges will be sitting in during the initial audition rounds. Look celeb judges including Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Katy Perry and more!
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In episode “Judge Me Tender,” Hannah (Cyrus) fills in for Kara alongside judges Andy and Byron on reality show America’s Top Talent. Her stint as a guest judge turns complicated when Oliver (Mitchel Musso) auditions and delivers a knock-out performance.
Kara‘s episode of Hannah Montana premieres on Sunday, October 18 @ 7:30PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
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