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Kara DioGuardi: New American Idol Judge!

Kara DioGuardi: New American Idol Judge!

Kara DioGuardi has joined American Idol as a fourth judge!

The 37-year-old will sit alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson and use her background as a songwriter/producer in the eighth season of American Idol (premieres January 2009 on FOX). Paula finally gets another female on the panel to pow-wow with!

Kara‘s songs, “Cheetah Love” and “I’m the One” most recently appeared in the Disney Channel movie Cheetah Girls 3: One World.

“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. “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.”

For more information on Kara, visit her official website at

Hopefully this is one of the twists AI needs to hook new viewers and keep the old ones!

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Photos: FOX, David Livingston/Chad Buchanan/Getty
Posted to: American Idol, Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell

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