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Kara DioGuardi To Join ‘American Idol’ Judges Panel

Posted in News on August 26, 2008

Grammy-nominated BMI songwriter Kara DioGuardi will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when the eighth season of American Idol premieres in January, according to the Fox network.

DioGuardi, who shared BMI 2007 Pop Songwriter of the Year honors with Sean Garrett, has had her songs recorded by Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Pink, among others. Her recent Top 40 hits include Stefani’s “Rich Girl,” Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man,” Clarkson’s “Walk Away” and Dion’s “Taking Chances.”

The newly-installed fourth judge on American Idol is confident she’ll find her niche within the bickering, ratings-tested judges’ panel where the line between love and hate is blurred with every critique.

“I’m just gonna speak to Simon the way I speak to everybody,” DioGuardi told reporters during a teleconference Monday. “I’m just gonna have my opinion, be honest and I don’t foresee any problems. I’m really excited about this, and up for the challenge.”

The Grammy-nominated songwriter will make her debut when the eighth season of “Idol” premieres in January, the Fox network said Monday.

“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 in a statement. “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.”