American Idol gets revved up with more ‘girl power’- by Grace

Do you enjoy watching some American Idol? Well, you’re not alone. According to a website that sells American Idol tickets, for the week of January 22-28, American Idol airs on Tuesday and Wednesday clinched the top 2 spots for the top 10 shows on television (as rated by their viewership), with 32.6 and 33.87 million TVs tuned in respectively.

And for these millions of people (and you, maybe), there’s cause to be getting excited as American Idol gets fresh new blood on the judging table. You might be a fan of Simon Cowell and his sharp criticisms, or Randy Jackson with his laid-back style, or even Paula Abdul, the lone female in the trio- but soon you might have converted to Kara DioGuardi’s fan base.

Kara who, you may ask. Well, she is the songwriter behind many popular singers’ songs. Stars (some even Grammy-winning) like Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Pussycat Dolls, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Natasha Bedingfield, Ashley Tisdale, Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Nick Lachey and Marc Anthony (yes, the list is extensive) have recorded and released her songs. And she’s going to join Paula as an AI judge as she helps rev American Idol up with some more girl power.

The executive producer of American Idol, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, revealed that they had originally intended four judges for American Idol, and Simon Fuller (creator and executive producer) was quoted as saying, “We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table… She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America's most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

Joining her fan base or not will have to wait until the next season of American Idol airs on television, when fans around the world will finally get to see the new judge and how she’s like. Kara herself said she was flattered to think Idol selected her, saying, “I mean, when I got the call, I thought they were calling the wrong person.” She also added, “I'm just gonna have my opinion, be honest and I don't foresee any problems. I'm really excited about this, and up for the challenge.”

Are you up and ready for American Idol’s new judge?

Information taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/25/kara-dioguardi-american-i_n_121145.html (picture was taken from here as well), http://www.americanidoltickets.com/idolnews020107.php and http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1393.

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