On his radio show today, Ryan Seacrest announced that American Idol will have a fourth judge this year! The newbie is Kara DioGuardi, a singer, songwriter, producer and artist. She may be new to the Idol stage, but she’s a formidable force in the music industry. Fox says:

DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million records. Her songs have been recorded by Grammy award-winning artists including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Santana and Pink. Scores of major recording artists including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Pussycat Dolls, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Natasha Bedingfield, Jewel, 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 have also released DioGuardi’s songs.

Over the last four years, she has been awarded 10 BMI Pop Awards for having written the most performed songs on radio. From her catalog of several hundred songs, over 264 have been released on major labels worldwide; and over 165 have appeared on multi-platinum selling albums. DioGuardi co-owns Arthous Entertainment, where she develops and mentors fellow hit writers, producers and artists.

Wow. That is one HELL of a resume. Kara’s quite attractive as well! Paula is gonna look even MORE like a lightweight next to Kara. Randy will too. Here’s hoping for some great catfights between Paula and Kara, and for Simon to immediately begin seduction attempts. Must-see tv!

Read Hollywood Hills‘ take on the situation here!


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