It hasn’t been easy for newcomer Kara DioGuardi to join the well-seasoned regulars on “American Idol”. Since its debut in 2002, fans have become quite familiar with Paula, Randy, and Simon, but the introduction of a new fourth judge, and a little-heard-of one at that, has seemed jarring at times. Perhaps that is why the stunning brunette should count herself lucky to have a place to escape the drama, right here in New England. In the tiny town of Prospect Harbor, the music writer, who can name songs on TV shows like “Hannah Montana,” “Smallville,” and “The Office” to her credit, bought the coastal comfy spot in 2004, and can also attribute her purchase with helping her love life–the general contractor for the property ended up becoming her fiance.
Though the talented song scribe has enjoyed her run on “Idol,” she knows it won’t last. It seems that DioGuardi, who helped the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, pen many of the songs on her “Breakaway” album, feels that it has been a “scary experience at times.” Her notoriously outspoken British counterpart, Simon Cowell, has said that while he would keep a fourth judge next year, he would only fight to keep Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson on the show. “I’ve always made it clear that I wouldn’t like to do the show without them.”