American Idol Adds Kara DioGuardi as Fourth Judge

When wannabe American Idols take the stage this Winter, there will be another voice at the judges' table telling them what's what. The show has added Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge for the show's eighth season, joining Simon, Randy, and Paula.

In a statement, producer Simon Fuller said DioGuardi is "a smart, 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.-- She's written songs for several Idol winners and contestants, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, and Clay Aiken, as well as for Celine Dion, Pink, Hilary Duff, and scores of others. Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl" was one of hers, as was Clarkson's "Walk Away" and, um, "We Rock" from Camp Rock. She's won 10 BMI Pop Awards for having written the most performed songs on radio.

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