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Judges offer advice to ‘Idol’s’ top 13

“You have to know at the core who you are as an artist,” said Kara DioGuardi. “Choose songs that accentuate your strengths and not your weaknesses.”
/ Source: Access Hollywood

The judges on “American Idol” stunned both contestants and viewers when they announced the reality competition’s first-ever top 13 finalists during the wild-card round Thursday night.

The judges all stressed one thing for the new crop of singing hopefuls: Pick the right song.

AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman, caught up with “Idol” judges Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi at the “American Idol” top 13 party at AREA in Los Angeles, where they broke down the ins and outs of song selection.

“(It) falls into the elite arena of knowing who you are as an artist,” Abdul explained. “When you know who you are, you know what’s your arsenal to pull from.”

“Some just aren’t comfortable with knowing who they are, yet but they’re still talented,” she added.

New judge DioGuardi agreed with Abdul.

“You have to know at the core who you are as an artist,” she told Access. “Choose songs that accentuate your strengths and not your weaknesses. Could you imagine Rihanna singing a country song?”

As for the addition of an extra contestant, Abdul said it’s a bittersweet decision.

“It’s like putting (us) through torture because two will go home next week,” she revealed.

As for DioGuardi, she’s welcoming the extra singer.

“Why not?” she said enthusiastically.

Two contestants’ fate will be decided on March 11 during the Wednesday results show, the same night season one winner Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West are slated to perform.