Garth Brooks, Vince GillGarth Brooks or Vince Gill could end up as one of the next judges of 'American Idol' ... if Kara DioGuardi has anything to say about it! Kara has spent a lot of time in Nashville writing songs and has developed such an appreciation of country music that she says she could see a country celeb taking Simon Cowell's place on the show when he leaves. Kara tells that she thinks a country judge would add some spice to the longtime talent competition.

"I like the idea of somebody who has a lot of opinions and a big personality. And there are a bunch of them out there!" says Kara. "I can even see someone from the country world, maybe a Garth Brooks or a Vince Gill. A lot of people that love country music tune in; they're a large part of our audience, so I think that would be an interesting flip on it."

Kara penned songs with Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, and a few other big Nashville names during a recent trip to Music City.