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Kara DioGuardi sings about song choice

May 15, 2009 | 11:51 am

Kara-dioguardi-sings Anyone who has watched "American Idol" -- even for 10 minutes -- has heard the judges nattering on about the importance of song choice.

But it's an indescribable critique, right? Because would we have thought, if asked, that Kris Allen singing Kanye West's "Heartless" was a good idea? No, we would not. And yet, it seems that it propelled him into the finale.

So we posed the question of what makes the right song choice to one who should have an answer: a judge, Kara DioGuardi. This was part of an interview for story about DioGuardi coming to the cover of this Sunday's Calendar, which has been posted on latimes.com today. 

Not a word of this part of the discussion made it into the story -- which is about DioGuardi's experience of this season. But considering that she actually did have an answer, and that it actually made sense, made us want to share it with you.

Also? She sings a bunch in order to explain -- and that was a new experience. Listen below, and enjoy.

-- Kate Aurthur

(Photo by Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

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