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Fans are split on whether or not Kara DioGuardi's return to American Idol is a good thing.

But show executives are reacting to the news like the judge is the second coming of Simon Cowell. Here's what Fox president of alternative programming, Mike Darnell, said of DioGuardi:

“Kara’s spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused American Idol with a new energy last year. She clearly has a keen eye for talent - spotting Adam Lambert’s superstar quality early on last season - and her performance on the season 8 finale was one of the most memorable in recent Idol history.”

Darnell forgot to mention that Kara has to lighten the heck up. She isn't actually God's gift to music.

Said American Idol producer Simon Fuller:

"We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with Idol. She is a breath of fresh air and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara’s championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct.”

Earlier this summer, DioGuardi got married to Mike McCuddy.

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by Hilton Hater at

A former American Idol contestant clams the show is rigged.

We cannot confirm or deny this accusation, but we can report the following series-related news:

Kara DioGuardi is coming back to the judges' table.

Following weeks of rumors and questions about her status, a source told E! News that DioGuardi is on board for season nine.

"Her deal is done. There are no ifs, ands or buts," the insider said. "Done. She will be back."

Does the return of DioGuardi make you happy or sad?

Perhaps a look back at her most memorable, bare-skinned moment on American Idol last season will sway your opinion in one direction or the other...

  • Kara and Katrina on Stage
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We were surprised that Kris Allen won American Idol.

Still, that wasn't the most unexpected thing to take place on the stage of the Nokia Theatre last night.

As part of the two-hour finale, Kara DioGuardi sang a duet with former nemesis Katrina Darrell! (Remember her? Darrell earned the nickname "Bikini Girl" during the initial rounds of Idol auditions for donning a swimsuit while she sang for the judges.)

Kara and Katrina on Stage

Moreover, at the end of their "Vision of Love" rendition, DioGuardi flashed her own bikini body for the world to see.

We strongly recommend watching the duet, if only for Randy Jackson's priceless reaction when Darrell comes out on stage, clearly enhanced in one area of her body.

Compare Kara and Katrina below and then answer our poll question:

Kara DioGuardi, Bikini

Who has the better bikini body?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

With Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and others putting on such stellar eighth season performances on American Idol, the presence of new judge Kara DioGuardi has almost gone unnoticed.

In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine, the songwriter even admits this may be her only experience on the show.

“I’m only here for one season,” DioGuardi said. “That’s what we’ve discussed. So we’ll see what happens.”

Given the choice, Kara would stick around for awhile on Idol.

“My life has become extremely exciting and I am so excited for this opportunity. I feel grateful to America that they let me grow and they let me find my groove on the show and that they were patient. And hopefully I haven’t disappointed them. It’s been a scary experience at times.”

Do you wanna see DioGuardi as a judge beyond this season?

 

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The public got its first glimpse of Kara DioGuardi alongside her American Idol judging partners yesterday.

Kara, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were in Manhattan for a round of season eight auditions. They look like one happy family so far, don't they?

New American Idol Judges

Here are a few more shots of Kara DioGuardi mugging it up with Simon and company. Click to enlarge...

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Simon Cowell calls it like he sees it.

And in his new American Idol judging partner, Cowell sees Kara DioGuardi as being talented, opinionated and cute. How can he not be excited to work with someone like that?

"It's like, you know, having dinner with three people for seven years, and getting quite bored of each other," he said. "So it's having a fourth person, new opinion, I think it's gonna be interesting."

The new judging team made its first public appearance yesterday, arriving in Mahattan for a series of season eight auditions. In a building at Chelsea Piers, Simon explained to reporters why Kara DioGuardi is a welcome addition to the show.

"Kara has a good reputation of A, having hits; and B, having an opinion. And that's a good combination. And she's cute."

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Despite the popularity of last season's two finalists - seriously, people love David Archuleta and David Cook - American Idol producers knew they had to shake up the show a bit.

Ratings were in decline, complaints about staleness were prominent, Randy Jackson couldn't go two sentences without uttering the word "dawg." What was the show to do?

Hire Kara DioGuardi.

The decision to add the songwriter as a fourth judges has been met with questionable excitement from Paula Abdul and a series of raised eyebrows from fans. Chime in now with your opinion:

Does American Idol need Kara DioGuardi?

 

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Paula Abdul is excited to work alongside Kara DioGuardi. Forget the concern she showed before.

"This is gonna be a good thing. I'm really thrilled," Abdul told Perez Hilton, likely at the urging of American Idol producers. "For me, I'm excited as can be. I think this time around, it's gonna work adding a new judge. A lot of surprises are in store that are gonna make it more exciting to watch the show."

Double Elimination

Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul are like total BFF.

The crazy judge said she brought up the idea of adding DioGuardi to the panel a few years ago. She's known the songwriter since 1999.

"I've been talking about her for years," Abdul said. "I hope the audience gets excited and accepts it. Sometimes its been hard when we've had four judges in the past. They always wanted four judges since the beginning. It'll be good to have two girls, and two guys. Kara's like a sister to me."

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The unveiling of the Dancing with the Stars cast and a fourth American Idol judge made this quite the banner day for TV news.

We had Kim Kardashian and the new Dancing cast pretty much pegged, but the latter - Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi joining American Idol when the musical competition returns this January - came out of left field.

We're certainly looking forward to seeing how this major shake-up plays out. Check out The Hollywood Gossip's bio for a little background on Kara DioGuardi - and click to enlarge some of the photos of this new star we posted below...

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by Hilton Hater at

Simon, Randy, Paula... and Kara DioGuardi?!?

That's right, American Idol fans are in for a major shake-up next season, as the Grammy-nominated songwriter joins the judging table alongside stalwarts Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

Solid Scott

"We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table," show creator Simon Fuller said in a statement, as he hyped the addition of a talent that has worked with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Jessica Simpson.

The songwriter's work has also been used by past American Idol contestants, including Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, and Clay Aiken.

Simon is honest, Randy is cool and Paula is moronic. What role will new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi play on the show?

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