Kara DioGuardi celebrates being named Co-Songwriter of the Year during last year's BMI Pop Awards. She's now an extra judge on "American Idol." (AP file)
Who in the Simon Cowell is Kara DioGuardi?
In January, she will be the new fourth judge at the "American Idol" table. Fox announced today they're adding a fourth voice to the show's panel of critics.
Like they need an extra mouth to feed. Sounds like they're grooming a replacement for Paula.
The announcement today, though, made it sound like the network was merely easing the terrible burden of gender inequality for Miss Nutty Breeches.
''For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges' table,'' said Mike Darnell, president, alternative programming of Fox, in a statement. ''With Kara by her side, Paula has some backup and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."
DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Pink, among others.
Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said a fourth judge isn't a new idea. ''We had originally intended for 'American Idol' to have four judges,'' she said. ''We've seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.''
Here are some YouTube clips of Ms. DioGuardi in critic mode ...
Wagers, anyone, as to how many judges are on the panel in 2010?