This just came across the wire... Simon Cowell has added a fourth judge to the American Idol judging panel for this coming season -- Season 8. WOW... this is huge but it comes as no surprise given how spacey Paula Abdul has been especially during her last critique on Season 7 where she completely spaced out on the song being discussed during the final rounds. AP reports that "Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara Dioguardi will sit alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when the eighth season of "American Idol" premieres in January." PREDICTION & TRANSLATION... this will be Paula's final season. Remember, you've heard it here first.
American Idol judge Paula Abdul has spoken out about her "concerns" over the hiring of songwriter Kara Dioguardi as the show's new expert. Grammy-winner DioGuardi will join original judges Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the hit talent show when its eighth season kicks off next year. The songwriter and producer is a stand-out talent in the music industry - writing hit tracks for superstars including Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera. However, former pop star Abdul is worried about how the show's fans will take to the newcomer, and how she will interact with her fellow panelists. Abdul says, "I am concerned about the audience and acceptance. Time will tell. We'll see. That's gonna be weird if it's a split decision. I'm sure Simon will get to make the final call. It takes the fun out of all the hard work I do to push those kids through."