Abdul Hits Out At Dioguardi Feud Rumors

PAULA ABDUL has dismissed reports of a feud with fellow AMERICAN IDOL judge KARA DIOGUARDI – insisting the new recruit is like a “sister”.

Abdul, who has been with the show since its first series in 2002, was rumored to be against the decision to hire DioGuardi for the new season of the hit U.S. talent show, which kicks off next year (09).

But the Straight Up hitmaker is adamant she harbors no animosity toward DioGuardi.

She tells New York gossip column PageSix, “The American Idol cast was such a boys club, now I have a true sister to share the fun with. It’s been amazing.”