Kara DioGuardi Talks Simon Cowell's Newfound Soft Side

Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Kara DioGuardi Talks Simon Cowell's Newfound Soft Side

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"Idol" judge Kara Dioguardi

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Kara DioGuardi is in her second year as a judge on "American Idol" and with the seniority, she's found a chum in Brit Simon Cowell.

"This year, I don't know what is happening, he's leaning into me," Kara told Access Hollywood. "He's liking me more."

But has Simon gone soft on Kara? Some are even suggesting it is related to his engagement to makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy.

"That says something about him that he picked her, he must be warm," Kara said. "I'm starting to see it. He puts his arm around me. I really like him and I'm really gonna miss him [when he leaves the show]."

Simon's new behavior is a far cry from his antics last year when he said Kara was faking an allergy attack on air.

"Simon was like, 'Kara, you're just trying to sneeze to get attention,'" she recounted.

Now, as a paid spokesperson for Claritin, Kara now has the last laugh.

"I was like, are you kidding me? I was having an allergy attack on the show," she said.

Kara is involved with Claritin, which recently launched its own reality competition.

Find out more about Claritin's competition at LivingClear.com.

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