So, we just got off the phone with Paula Abdul and she had a lot to tell us about the addition of songwriter Kara DioGuardi as the fourth judge on American Idol.
The Straight Up singer wanted to clarify her reaction to the news.
Abdul tells us her only concern is with how the Idol viewers will react, but that she's thrilled with the addition of Kara D.
Paula tells us, exclusively, "This is gonna be a good thing. I'm really thrilled! For me, I'm excited as can be. I think this time around, it's gonna work adding a new judge. A lot of surprises are in store that are gonna make it more exciting to watch the show."
As for Kara D, Abdul says she knows her very well.
"I met Kara literally on the streets of New York, in 1999, in front of the Brooklyn Diner," Paula tells us.
The two struck up a friendship and Abdul convinced the then-struggling songwriter to quit her job at Billboard magazine, she tells us, and convinced her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.
"I was an instant fan of hers," says Paula. "I moved her out to L.A. to live with me. I introduced her to music publishers. Kara and I wrote Spinning Around for Kylie Minogue when we were living together."
Paula tells us she brought up Kara D to the Idol producers before. The songwriter is friends with A.I. head honcho Simon Fuller and she's written songs for many Idol finalists before.
"I've been talking about her for years," Abdul tells us. "I hope the audience gets excited and accepts it. Sometimes its been hard when we've had four judges in the past. They always wanted four judges since the beginning. It'll be good to have two girls, and two guys. Kara's like a sister to me."
And there you have it!
It's a big ol' lovefest, but….
They'll probably end up hating each other before the season's over!!!
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