Monday, August 25, 2008

New American Idol Judge

It looks like there will be a new judge on the next season of American Idol. In addition to the three who have always been on the show (Paula, Randy, and Simon), Kara DioGuardi will now be at the judges table. The Washington Post points out that this comes after American Idol had a huge dip in ratings during last season, but the folks at Fox say that it's so there will be another woman at the table.
"For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges' table," Mike Darnell, who oversees reality programming at Fox, said in an announcement. "She's been an island of consideration and gentle criticism between Randy [Jackson] and Simon [Cowell], offering her invaluable expertise as a performer and No. 1 artist to the thousands who have competed on 'American Idol'. With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."
I personally hope that Kara brings something new to the table. Especially during last season it seemed like it was very easy to predict how the judges would respond. Randy would say something along the lines of "Yo, yo, yo, dawg, that was a little pitchy," Paula would say, "You were absolutely amazing" even if the performance was horrible, and then Simon would get booed for saying something critical -- even if it was the truth.

Unlike what the Post's article seems to imply Fox is hoping to get out of the addition, I'd much rather see the Kara's approach be something like Simon's. Maybe not as blunt, but being willing to actually critique the performance and not giving the same answer time, after time, after time.

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