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New 'Idol' judge is ready for the warbling

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She's the new kid on the block, but she's ready for the spotlight. The newest judge on "American Idol," songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, gave reporters a preview of what to expect during the eighth season of the show, which debuts Tuesday on Fox ...

1. She's keeping her day job: Even though "Idol" is about to debut, DioGuardi is still working with musicians. "I haven't slept. I was just working with Colbie Caillat in Hawaii. I've been up 48 hours now. She's just great. I love her voice. She has just such a great tonal quality and emotion to her voice."

2. Watch out for the guys of season eight: "There's at least five guys I think are great. There's a uniqueness to some of the male contestants in terms of voices and songs they're picking and the general direction of what their record would be. There was a lot of soul influence -- it's not even that I'm talking R&B, but more in the way Maroon 5 is soulful."

3. She's hired a stylist: "I can't tell you how many times I've seen that photo of all four of us, and I feel like I look like Peg Bundy. The hair, not so big anymore. Some of my looks? Ugh, the makeup and hair took me a minute."

4. She already has her catchphrase down: Randy has "dawg," Paula has her tears, Simon has, well, "No." For her part, "I would say right now my line is: Be you, Don't try to be anybody but you," DioGuardi says.

5. Chris Daughtry -- Call Kara!: Although she's worked with Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, DioGuardi has her eyes set on Daughtry. "I would love to co-write with him. At one point he was going to do a duet on a song I'd written, but it didn't happen. If he's out there and wants to do a co-write, call me!"


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