Kara DioGuardi is thrilled Ellen DeGeneres is replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol.
"I'm so excited about her. I couldn't think of a better pick," DioGuardi told Usmagazine.com at the Nicole Miller fashion show in NYC.
"I really couldn't. I am ecstatic," she continued. "I think it's going to be incredibly exciting."
DioGuardi says she doesn't think DeGeneres necessarily needs music experience to be a good judge.
"I think she [is] somebody who loves music, who has loved the show and has experience and being a star. And part of what we look for on that show is somebody who commands the stage and knows how to bring the best out in her guests.
"I'm sure she's going to be able to tell the contestants how to be stars when they're on the stage and what they need to do to connect with the audience," DioGuardi added.