Tuesdays 8:00 PM on FOX

Kara DioGuardi Feels Accepted on American Idol

by at . Comments

After seven seasons, American Idol has entrenched itself in the culture of reality television.

The same can be said for its judges (Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul), whose banter and chemistry is a major reason many fans tune in every week.

With that in mind, of course Kara DioGuardi was nervous to premiere as the show's fourth judge for the upcoming eighth season. But she recently told Entertainment Weekly that she's been embraced by her fellow panelists.

"They're like brothers and sisters at this point," the new judge said, having already wrapped the preliminary auditions, as well as the Hollywood round. ''And I'm like the long-lost cousin who they're not sure they wanted to see, but now they're like, Okay, you can stay for dinner."

Kara DioGuardi Shot

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

Like Us On Facebook

Want more American Idol?

Sign up for our daily newsletter and receive the latest tv news delivered to your inbox for free!

More From TV Fanatic


American Idol Results: The Winner Is...

It's time to crown the American Idol Season 13 winner! Will it be Jena Irene or Caleb Johnson? Find out now!

American Idol Review: The Final Countdown

The final two face off on an all-new American Idol! Find out how Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson did now!

American Idol Results: Who Made the Finals?

The American Idol Season 13 Top 2 are revealed on the live results show! See who they are now!

American Idol Goes Home, Celebrates Milestone

American Idol celebrates its 500th episode with performances by the Season 13 Top 3. See how they did now!