Who is Kara DioGuardi--and why is she American Idol's newest judge?
Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi has joined "American Idol" as a fourth
judge, alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Her clients include David Cook, David Archuleta, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Clay Aiken. AP File Photo/Chris Pizzello
American Idolis shaking up its new season, adding a fourth judge--New Yorker and Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi--to sit alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abduland Randy Jackson.
Cause everyone's main complaint about American Idol is that we want more airtime for the judges....
Sheesh. As an avid Idol fan, I think this is a bad move. The ratings are dropping, so a panicking FOX is scrambling to do something.
Nevertheless, our own Kara (Warner) was on the conference call for the first interview the new American Idol judge did, during which she called herself "a very lucky girl," and answered whether she was going to be the female Simon Cowell.
DioGuardi's website scrolls a long list of people she's worked with--Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jonas Brothers--that includes a lot of ex-Idols: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Bo Bice, David Cook, David Archuleta.....
So she definitely knows what an American Idol winner sounds like.
And her Wikipedia entry says in addition to her singing and songwriting talents, she also worked in the publishing and marketing departments of Billboard Magazine.
So there's no question she's qualified--but I don't know, I feel like the judges and all their drama are too big a part of the show as it is, what's the point of adding yet another one?
It reminds me a bit of the Yankees, who go crazy making trades and shelling out big bucks after yet another season without a World Series title, as if more more more is the answer.
When really, what Idol needs to do is get back to its roots--a showcase for undiscovered, surprising and interesting talented young singers.
I'd rather see American Idol incorporate more reality show-type angles, and show us who's rooming with who, what the contestants are doing in their time off, and other behind-the-scenes stuff.
But instead, FOX seems intent on loading down the show with more features, more glitz, and now, more judges.