American Idol 8 is adding a fourth judge, as songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. While the show has had guest judges in past seasons, this will be the first time in its history, although international versions of the show have four judges.
DioGuardi has written songs “recorded by Grammy award-winning artists including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Santana, and Pink,” and “she has been awarded 10 BMI Pop Awards for having written the most performed songs on radio,” accoridng to Fox’s announcement.
“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,” executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said in the press release.
And Fox’s Mike Darnell said this would bring balance to the table, and bullshits about Paula’s value to the show, which we all know is simply about the entertaining moments provided when she does something crazy. “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,” Darnell said.
Previously, Simon Cowell suggested there would be “a big shake up” for the eighth season, which many thought meant the firing of a judge, most likely Paula or Randy, since Simon is the only one who offers feedback anyone cares about.