Kara DioGuardi is enthusiastic in her endorsement of new 'American Idol' judge Ellen DeGeneres. "I think it's a genius decision," said DioGuardi in response to the highly publicized decision to bring in DeGeneres to replace former judge, Paula Abdul. "I wish I had thought of it," she added during the Entertainment Tonight/People magazine Emmy Award after-party.

Idol fans have been mixed in their response to DeGeneres, host of the 12-time Emmy Award-winning 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. Many are entranced by her populist connection with fans while others are concerned about her lack of musical background which they deem essential to a music show. But DioGuardi, 38, remains unworried.