Fashion Week: Kara DioGuardi dishes on Ellen, new season of 'Idol'
Badgley Mischka front-row guests Kara DioGuardi, left, and Bethenny Frankel (AP)
“American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is grateful that Ellen DeGeneres will be the newbie this season. “Last year was really difficult for me, making the transition from being behind the scenes ... to people asking me, ‘What do you think?’ and being scrutinized in every which way,” Kara, who joined “Idol” last year, told us before Badgley Mischka. So, what does Kara think that Ellen, who is replacing Paula Abdul, will bring to the judges’ table? “She’s going to be able to tell these kids what it takes to be a star, which is a big part of making it in the music industry.” During Badgley Mischka, Kara was seated back-to-back with former "Idol" constant Constantine Maroulis; the two chatted over their shoulders before the show began. Cute!