Paula Abdul is “concerned” about new judge Kara DioGuardi, who says she’s “really honest”

New American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi joins Simon, Paula, and Randy today in New York, adding a permanent fourth judge for the first time in the show’s history. However, there was long-forgotten fourth judge Angie Martinez, who had never seen the show and quit after three auditions because she’s couldn’t deal with crushing the dreams of losers.

Kara DioGuardi doesn’t seem to have that problem. While she could be flatter than Randy or Paula, based upon what she’s said so far, never mind her industry experience, I’m pretty convinced she’ll immediately improve the show. It’s actually almost kind of exciting, if I were to get excited about anything related to American Idol.

“I’m just somebody who’s really honest and gives my opinion. If I feel I need to be hard with someone in order to get that across, I will. And if I feel I need to be softer and more nurturing with the contestants, I’ll do that. It all depends on the situation,” Kara told reporters Monday, according to the New York Daily News.

Paula Abdul, meanwhile, is “concerned”–but not because the new judge will overshadow her. “I am concerned about the audience and acceptance. Time will tell. We’ll see,” she told Phoenix’s 104.7 DJs Johnjay and Rich, according to Us Weekly. Paula, we appreciate your concern, but you really need to focus your attention on the train wreck staring back at you in the mirror.

New judge will instantly improve ‘Idol’ [MSNBC]
Kara DioGuardi ready to face ‘American Idol’ music [New York Daily News]
Paula Abdul “Concerned” About Fourth Idol Judge [Us Weekly]

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