Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi has joined “American Idol” as a fourth judge, according to the FOX announcement.
The songwriter will sit alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson at the judgesâ€™ table and use her background as an award-winning songwriter and producer to praise or critique the wannabe hopefuls throughout the eighth season of the competition, which begins in January.
Simon Fuller, who is the creator and executive producer, described the new judge as â€œsmart, 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.â€
Kara DioGuardi did not think that Paula Abdul feel threatened, saying: â€œI havenâ€™t spoken to her. I would think sheâ€™d be excited.â€
After hearing from the showâ€™s producers, who approached her for the gig and are hoping to create â€œa new chemistry as well as keeping the oldâ€ with the expansion of the judgesâ€™ panel, Kara DioGuardi admitted: â€œI almost fell off the chair.â€
She also doesnâ€™t have a clue where sheâ€™ll sit or how four judges will break a tie during the auditions, she confessed: â€œIâ€™m a little nervous. Iâ€™m going to be a straight shooter and say it like I see it and maintain that philosophy.â€
So is she more of a Paula or a Simon? She replied: â€œIâ€™m somebody whoâ€™s really honest and gives an opinion. If I feel I need to be hard, I will be. And if I feel I need to be more nurturing, I will be.â€
She added: â€œIâ€™m not a household name. Iâ€™m putting some money into buying some makeup.â€