The Judging Panel

The Judging Panel

During the first night of American Idol's Hollywood auditions, Ellen DeGeneres made a great impression on viewers. She's funny and she's fresh.
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In Hollywood

In Hollywood

This is a shot of Didi Benami from her opening audition in Hollywood. She's definitely someone to keep your eye on.
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Ellen on Idol

Ellen on Idol

After just one night, Ellen DeGeneres seems right at home on the judge's panel. We loved her funny and fresh opening performance.
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Joe Jonas on Idol

Joe Jonas on Idol

Welcome to the world's most popular show, Joe Jonas. The cute singer guest judges an episode of American Idol.
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Kristin Chenoweth on Idol

Kristin Chenoweth on Idol

We love Kristin Chenoweth. She guest judges an episode of American Idol, prior to the season's Hollywood round.
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Beckham on Idol

Beckham on Idol

Victoria Beckham serves as a guest judge on season nine of American Idol. We're not sure what she knows about singing.
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Harris on Idol

Harris on Idol

Welcome to American Idol, Neil Patrick Harris. The hilarious actor serves as a season nine guest judge.
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Shania on Idol

Shania on Idol

Shania Twain is seated next to the American Idol judges you know and love in this shot from season nine.
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Mary J. Blige on Idol

Mary J. Blige on Idol

Randy, Simon and Kara are joined by a special guest on season nine: star singer Mary J. Blige.
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Katy Perry on Idol

Katy Perry on Idol

Katy Perry joins the American Idol judging table for one episode of season nine. She's seen here.
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Avril Lavigne on Idol

Avril Lavigne on Idol

Randy, Simon and Kara are seen here during an early stage of season nine. They are joined by guest judge Avril Lavigne.
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Kara DioGuardi Promo Pic

Kara DioGuardi Promo Pic

Kara DioGuardi is back for her second year as an American Idol judge. What do you think of her performance on the show?
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Kara DioGuardi Biography

New American Idol Judges
Kara DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who will be joining the judging table for American Idol's eighth season. DioGuardi grew... More »
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Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi Quotes

I have my own style ... I'm honest. And pretty feisty.

Kara DioGuardi

I can be pretty tough at times, and nurturing when I have to be.

Kara DioGuardi