American Idol Adds Fourth Judge
Songwriter Kara DioGuardi to join Cowell and company
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 12:23 PM CDT
In this 2008 image released by FOX, "American Idol" judges, from left, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell are shown on the set in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker)
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(Newser) American Idol is getting a fourth judge this season, marking what the New York Post calls the biggest change TV’s top show has ever undergone. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join Simon, Paula, and Randy, in a move producers say they always intended. All of Idol’s international counterparts feature four judges. “Having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and viewers,” said the executive producer.

The 37-year-old DioGuardi, who has written dozens of hit songs for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Mark Anthony, Hillary Duff, and Kelly Clarkson, among others, will join the show when the new season kicks off in January.