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Kara DioGuardi returning to 'American Idol'

August 3, 2009 |  3:22 pm

Kara DioGuardi is returning to the "American Idol" judging panel this season. However – even with auditions beginning in just six days – the fate of Paula Abdul remains a mystery. Abdul, along with Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, has been judging "American Idol' since Season 1 in 2002. 

American Idol Kara DioGuardia Paula Abdul Entertainment News 2468097 Kara DioGuardi, a singer-songwriter, was hailed for her insights when she joined the original trio this year. In a statement issued today, "American Idol" producer Simon Fuller called Kara DioGuardi, "a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable."

The eighth season of the singing competition wrapped up in May with Kris Allen crowned champ. While viewership slipped slightly this year, "American Idol" remains the top-rated program on television.

It has proved far less popular with the Emmy Awards. Over its first seven seasons, "American Idol" won only two of its 34 Emmy nods. This year, it contends for eight Emmys, including a seventh straight bid for reality competition program. "The Amazing Race" has owned this category since it was introduced in 2003. "American Idol" emcee Ryan Seacrest — who just inked a three-year deal for a reported $45 million — got a second consecutive Emmy nod for reality show host.

Before DioGuardi debuted on "American Idol," she was described 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 network series "For the People," which starred Lea Thompson, Debbi Morgan, A. Martinez and Cecilia Suarez. And 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."

Paula Abdul has a far more impressive collection of showbiz awards hardware. She won a Grammy way back in 1990 for best short form music video for the track "Opposites Attract." And she also has a pair of Emmy Awards for choreography. Abdul won an 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 award 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 award 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.

Photo: Fox

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nooooooooooooooo
im not going to watch american idol
anymore!!!

im so sad that paula is leaving! i really never thought the day would come. i personally think that the show is going to loose so many viewers now.. im pretty sure fox will regret that move lol. heres a link to vote on your opinion. does anyone feel the same way? http://www.iheartradio.com/cc-common/news/sections/entertainmentarticle.html?feed=104665&article=5833245&cmp=sam_paulaleaves

Kara's a yes and Paula's a no?

OMG.

Kara = fingernails on a chalkboard

Paula = everything that is POP - ditzy facade interrupted by brilliant flashes of insight, artistry, passion and experience.

There is no comparison. Not to mention, the combo of Kara + Simon + Randy = one big Grumpy Yawn Fest.

No fun no more.

Buh Bye, Idol. You just jumped the shark.

paula abdul is much more interesting than kara boring dioguardi ,I do not understand why they do not get rid of her yet !!
if paula not return idol is over for me !
i like crazy paula she makes the show interesting to watch !

If the producers of AMERICAN IDOL ever want to know the cause of their falling ratings now they know why!

is that the producer dont care about what the public wants ???
kara does NOT add nothing to idol , almost nobody wants her back , but she is still there ... argh
if paula not come back i sure a lot of people is gona stop watching idol !!

I don't have an issue with Kara returning but if Paula's not invited back then I'll be watching another program! She's been there from the beginning and has been part of the reason people watch.

So winning a Latin Grammy is not winning a Grammy? White Grammys only? And if you are going to write an article about the awards credentials of various judges, maybe you should attempt a little more Woodward and Bernstein detective work than that mustered by: "Randy Jackson is listed on various sites as a Grammy Award-winning producer"


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