Paula Abdul is not exactly pleased about Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi being added as a fourth judge on Fox’s American Idol. This morning, on Phoenix’s Johnjay & Rich radio show, she said, “I am concerned about the audience and acceptance. Time will tell. We’ll see.” But Idol producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz has a different take: “We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.” Nothing like a cat fight to keep ‘em watching!
Abdul claims she’s not jealous, just concerned for the kid. “That’s gonna be weird if it’s a split decision,” she explained. “It takes the fun out of all the hard work I do to push those kids through.” Apparently, it’s really “hard work” to stay awake and mutter incomprehensible soliloquies. DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million records by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Her songs have also been used by past Idol contestants including Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, and Clay Aiken.
She might have a few more successes than Paula, but did she dance with an animated cat? [Photo: Getty Images]