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"American Idol" Adds a Judge

By admin Published: August 25, 2008

KD

She's songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

The Fox announcement pointedly says she will be joining Simon, Randy AND Paula. But with more than enough time taken up by three judges' comments, I have to wonder how long it will be before they either drop another judge entirely -- whether Paula or Randy -- or they use a rotation of judges, with three chairs filled by a selection from the four. (Sounds as if Paula is hearing footsteps.

Am skeptical of how well the four-judge system would work. When they have included a celeb in the fourth chair, it has not for the most part been a rousing success, since the celebs have for the most part proven reluctant to criticize. (The mentor system has the same problem.) And the last attempt at a fourth judge -- Angie Martinez -- was extremely short-lived.

But it's interesting that this announcement comes after Nigel Lythgoe announced he's stepping back from the show.

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