By Aly Semigran
Updated August 03, 2020 at 02:27 PM EDT

Plenty of former American Idol contestants have made their way to the Broadway stage after their time on the reality competition: Clay Aiken appeared in Spamalot, Constantine Maroulis earned a Tony nod and originated the role of Drew in Rock of Ages, and Frenchie Davis hit the big note of “Seasons of Love” in Rent, but now, for the first time, there’s a former AI judge currently performing on the Great White Way. No, no, it’s not Simon Cowell in The Phantom of the Opera. If only.

Rather, Kara DioGuardi is currently making her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the long-running hit musical Chicago. DioGuardi gave her own backstage report from New York City’s Ambassador Theater (which is located right across the street from the other hottest ticket in town, Book of Mormon) to CNN. DioGuardi answered questions from fans, a few of which she even recognized, revealed whether or not she’ll be releasing her own album, and gave some pretty impressive jazz hands.

DioGuardi, who began her eight-week run as fame-hungry, murder-happy Roxie on Sept. 5, admitted that she watched the Oscar-winning movie and saw the Tony-winning show before stepping on stage, but said she spent most of her two months of prep time “learning the lines.” DioGuardi said that while there was “an interesting learning curve” trying to get down all the steps, “[The dancing] does wonders for your abs and your ass … and you can eat pizza all day long.” (You hear that, Simon?!)

She also revealed that she would be interested in staying on Broadway, particularly if she were offered a play that dealt with “women-centric issues,” but when it came to the topic of releasing her own album, she wasn’t so sure. “I’d like to say yes, but I’m going to say no,” DioGuardi initially responded, adding that she sees herself more as a songwriter and collaborator. But she backtracked a little when she said, “I’m not going to say no completely … think about it.”

Check out the full video below, which includes more Q&A with DioGuardi (including her response to which dead songwriters throughout all of history would she like to work with) and clips from her stint on Broadway.

Have you seen Kara DioGuardi in Chicago, PopWatchers? Did she bring the razzle dazzle? Are you hoping she’ll make up her mind about releasing her own album? Or do you just want Platinum Hit to come back? Share in the comments section below!

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