Big, BIG news!
Faced with dwindling ratings and the departure of longtime show-runner Nigel Lythgow, the producers of American Idol are shaking things up this coming season.
The Fox show, for the first time ever, is adding a permanent fourth judge!
Who is it????
It's songwriter Kara DioGuardi (above).
She's the woman "responsible" for many of Ashlee Simpson's "greatest hits."
They're just getting all their ducks lined up in a row and planning for the end of Paula Abdul, we think.
What do U think????
"We are turning the heat up on 'Idol' this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table," said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America's most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show."
Adds executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, "We had originally intended for AMERICAN IDOL to have four judges. We've seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers."
As for Paula, Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Programming of FOX, added "For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges' table. She's been as an island of consideration and gentle criticism between Randy and Simon, offering her invaluable expertise as a performer and No. 1 artist to the thousands who have competed on AMERICAN IDOL. With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."
What does Abdul have to say about all of this????
She may try to paint a pretty picture, but secretly….
She must HATE this!
[Image via WENN.]