When Ellen DeGeneres takes the seat left open by Paula Abdul on the American Idol judges' panel, will she actually take her seat?
Kara DioGuardi hopes so!
The current Idol judge told PEOPLE that she's lobbying to sit next to the talk show host when she starts her new gig on season 9 of FOX's hit singing competition.
And as a newcomer herself, DioGuardi also shared her advice for DeGeneres: "For me it was to be myself, but she's already herself," she says. "I think it's just really to have an opinion and never make an excuse for it. Just go with your first reaction."