Turns out the competition on that show isn’t always just between the contestants.
According to a new book called American Idol: The Untold Story by Richard Rushfield, judges Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres had a bit of a battle going down.
Says the author:
“Offscreen, Kara seemed eager to take Paula Abdul‘s place by Simon‘s side.
“She whispered constantly to him, played with his hair, leaned against him at every moment, and followed him out on cigarette breaks.
“In fact, Kara seemed to be trying to haze Ellen as Paula hazed her.”
But this technique backfired even bigger than [fill in the name of a runner-up]’s attempt to win the top prize.
Continues the book:
“Simon seemed annoyed and looked as if he was trying to shake Kara off at every oportunity.
“As for Ellen, getting in good with Simon seemed to be the last thing she cared about.
“Kara’s gambit fell flat.”
Take note, J. Lo!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 18, 2011