Alas, I’m not talking about Annie Lennox. In an effort to bring what a Fox exec calls more “girl power” to the show, the judges’ table for the next season of American Idol will now have a Coke cup for songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who’s shared writing credits on songs including Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Walk Away” and collaborated with Stewart on the pseudo-retro project Platinum Weird. DioGuardi, who Idol head honcho Simon Fuller called “a smart, sassy lady,” is being billed as the show’s fourth judge, which I guess means either that the judges’ table will be widened or Paula Abdul will get some time off to “rest” now and again. (One producer claims that Idol was always supposed to have four judges, although it seems strange to me that it took the executives this long to find someone who wanted the gig.) A few highlights of DioGuardi’s career after the jump.
That’s DioGuardi on lead vocals.
This video perfectly captures my reaction to this track.
Time has not been kind to this track. (Christ, her voice.)
A song that deserved better. At least McPhee’s Idol appearance helped kickstart her acting career, right?
I wonder if this means this year will have “Inappropriate Overshare Week.”
Does this mean we’re going to have a Celine Dion mentor week? Dare to dream.
GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONGWRITER KARA DIOGUARDI JOINS PAULA ABDUL, SIMON COWELL AND RANDY JACKSON AS JUDGE ON “AMERICAN IDOL” [Press release via The Futon Critic]