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Kara DioGuardi on Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest: 'Big brother, little brother'

March 19, 2010 | 10:20 am

Kara Kara DioGuardi's life, as fellow judge Randy Jackson might say, "is hot, dawg."

Her house is for sale, her dad's running for Senate, and she's been reliving last season's bikini moment with a photo shoot for Women's Health magazine -- plus her pointed remarks are keeping her on top of Idol Tracker's "American Idol" Judge Power Ranking.

Still, "Fox & Friends" needed to know Friday: When it comes to Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, was what happened this week real or more like professional wrestling?

"I know that that's the way they are," DioGuardi said of the what-the-heck-was-that banter between the two. "It's like big brother, little brother. If that was real I would have definitely been leaning the other way!"

About her busy life -- the songwriter says she picked up her work ethic from her dad, Joseph DioGuardi, who announced this week that he's running for Senate in New York.

One thing she learned, growing up in the '80s as the child of a then-congressman: "Get in trouble, and you're going to get in a lot more trouble!"

She also reports that the chemistry on the judges panel is good this year. Simon "isn't rolling his eyes," Randy is a "love," and newbie Ellen DeGeneres is doing a great job: "She's super funny! The last show, I was laughing at that mariachi band comment."

The Ministry was more partial to Ellen's blond-people-like-me comment to Casey James, actually.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Kara DioGuardi arrives at a Grammys-related event Jan. 30 in Beverly Hills. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

For more Ministry dispatches on the folks from 'American Idol' seasons past and present, click here and scroll down. For in-depth coverage of the show, check out the good stuff our friends are doing over at Idol Tracker.

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