“Idol” judge re-signed


Kara DioGuardi will be back for season nine of “American Idol” on Fox. Now everyone is waiting to find out whether there will be four judges, or only three.

A joint announcement from Fox, 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia stated that Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will return as a judge on the ninth season of “American Idol,” premiering January 2010 on Fox. DioGuardi will continue to use her background as an award-winning songwriter and producer to critique and nurture the contestants throughout the competition.
“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,” said Simon Fuller, Creator/Executive Producer of Idol.

There’s no word on whether DioGuardi’s new contract calls for another bikini-clad appearance.

American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.

RBR/TVBR observation: Plenty of fans and critics didn’t like the addition of a fourth judge. On the other hand, American Idol wouldn’t really be American Idol, would it, without Paula Abdul?