Paula Abdul has told "OK Weekly" that adding a fourth judge — Kara DioGuardi — to the "American Idol" panel this year was a mistake. She explains, "It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show." Of course the great reviews that DioGuardi is getting have nothing to do with this insight from Abdul, do they? According to Abdul, "Kara and I have known each other for years and we get along great." All this talk may be Abdul's way of easing herself out of the show with her dignity somewhat intact. As she says, "It is the last season of my contract, and I have so many other things I want to do."
Critics hailed DioGuardi's addition to "American Idol" this season as a much-needed breath of fresh air. And with the Emmy Awards considering a new category for judges of reality TV shows, she could prove to be a serious contender to any or all of the original trio — Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.
Over the first seven seasons, "American Idol" has won only two of its 34 Emmy nods. The judges were credited as part of the losing team on five consecutive Emmy bids for outstanding reality show program from 2003 to 2007. Interestingly, they were not listed on the 2008 nomination. "The Amazing Race" has won this Emmy Award every year since it was introduced in 2003.
Before DioGuardi debuted on "American Idol," she was introduced as a Grammy Award-nominated songwriter. Though technically true, she is in fact a Latin Grammy nominee for co-writing a 2007 song of the year contender — "Bella Traicion." She shared the nomination with the track's singer, Belinda, as well as Mitch Allan, Ben Moody and Nacho Peregrin. They lost the race to Juan Luis Guerra's "La Llave de Mi Corazon," which also won record of the year. "Bella Traicion" wasn't nominated for that top honor.
DioGuardi has won other kudos. In 2003, she took home a BMI Cable Award for co-writing and performing "Somethin' to Say," the theme to the now-canceled Lifetime Television series "For the People," which starred Lea Thompson, Debbi Morgan, A. Martinez and Cecilia Suarez. And in 2007 she was named BMI's pop songwriter of the year for 2006, as she had accumulated 10 BMI awards in the previous four years for having written the "most performed songs on the radio."
But it is Abdul who has the more impressive collection of showbiz awards hardware. She won a Grammy Award way back in 1990 for best short form music video for the track "Opposites Attract." And she also has a pair of Emmy Awards that she picked up for choreography. Abdul won a Emmy on her own in 1989 for "The Tracy Ullman Show" and was one of three choreographers on the 1990 "American Music Awards (along with Dean Barlow and Michael Darrin) to tie with Walter Painter, who choreographed the opening of the Disney-MGM studios. She had been a solo nominee in 1988 for "The Tracy Ullman Show" but lost to Alan Johnson, who handled the dance numbers in the song-filled "Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration."
Simon Cowell took the Teen Choice Award for TV personality back in 2003 but has lost that kudo every year since, most recently to Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model." In his native England, the National Television Awards gave him a special kudo in 2007, two years after he lost the race for most popular TV expert to his fellow "X Factor" judge Sharon Osbourne. And Randy Jackson is listed on various sites as a Grammy Award winning producer.