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article imagePaula Gets A Pal, Four Judges For American Idol This Season

By KJ Mullins     Aug 25, 2008 in Entertainment
This year's judges table on American Idol will be a bit longer with the addition of writer/producer Kara DioGuardi. According to Fox the change is for Paula Abdul's sake.
"For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges' table," Mike Darnell, who oversees reality programming at Fox, said in an announcement. "She's been an island of consideration and gentle criticism between Randy [Jackson] and Simon [Cowell], offering her invaluable expertise as a performer and No. 1 artist to the thousands who have competed on 'American Idol'. With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."
Of course being younger and pretty is another reason DioGuardi may be helping judge. The show's ratings have started to drop after seven seasons.
The Grammy-nominated DioGuardi will start the eighth season along side Simon Cowell, Adbul and Randy Jackson. Her songs have been song by some of the past winners of the show including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
According to Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz having a fourth is not a new idea. On international versions of the series there are four judges.
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