Kara DioGuardi will return as a judge for the FOX juggernaut American Idol, much to the dismay of many fans who felt she was too self-promoting last season. The established songwriter wrote the much-maligned song “No Boundaries” for last season’s winner, and also had the guts to challenge Bikini Girl to a sing off on the season finale. But where does that leave resident space case Paula Abdul’s contract negotiations?
Guessing which of the judges will be back on American Idol next season has become a popular game.
And yeah, we’re having trouble keeping track of the rumors, reports and whispers, too.
However, we can tell ya that Kara DioGuardi will be back for season nine of the hit reality show…
“Her deal is done. There are no ifs, ands or buts,” a source said. “Done. She will be back.”
No surprise, but the source reports that DioGuardi’s new deal doesn’t even come close to what the other judges are getting or, in Paula Abdul’s case, asking for.
DioGuardi is set to start shooting a new season of auditions in the next week or so. Reps for DioGuardi and the show declined to comment.
Even if Ms. Abdul is still hammering out a deal, we have a feeling all will be worked out in the end and all four judges will return.
I guess I am in the minority, because I would much rather see Kara on the show than Paula. I actually mute the TV whenever Paula is talking because she adds absolutely nothing to the show with her idiotic comments. And don’t even get me started on her fashion choices! At least Kara tries to add some constructive criticism. I think she was in a tough position last year, coming into a situation where the three original judges already had massive fan bases and she was a total unknown. But give her some time- I really believe she will turn out to be a much better asset than Paula – who seems more interested in hawking her tacky jewelry line and fooling around with Simon than the actual contestants.