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Kara DioGuardi Officially Out on 'American Idol'

by Chris Jordan, posted Sep 3rd 2010 11:41PM
Kara DioGuardi is departing 'American Idol.'

After months of speculation of whether or not the 'Idol' judge would return for a third season, Fox issued press release late Friday stating DioGuardi is leaving.

"I feel like now is the best time to leave 'Idol,''' said DioGuardi in the release. "I am very proud to have been associated with 'American Idol -- it has truly been an amazing experience.''

DioGuardi's work on 'Idol' was praised by Fox executives and 'Idol' producers alike in the release.

"Kara was a great addition to our 'Idol' family," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in the release. "I've been fortunate to get to know her well, and have always been amazed by her eye for talent and her commitment to developing and mentoring artists. She will be missed, and we wish her continued success."

"Kara is one of the world's best songwriters," said 'Idol' creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "She has been passionate and committed to 'Idol' over the last two seasons. I will miss having her on the show, but I look forward to working with her in music for many years to come."

It's been a season of upheaval for 'American Idol.' The face of the franchise, Simon Cowell, has departed and so has one-season judge Ellen DeGeneres. It appears Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will come on board as a judge, but that has not been officially announced. Other names that have been bandied about include P. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.

Randy Jackson is presently the only seated judge.

As for DioGuardi, it seemed the writing was on the wall earlier this month when her politician father, Joe DioGuardi, told a New York City cable channel that his daughter was out of the loop when it came to 'Idol' news.

"Would you believe that she did not hear and still has not heard anything? She read it the way you did and I did," the elder DioGuardi said. "In fact, her disappointment is that's the way she's being treated, and she feels that's not proper."

Idol ratings have been shaky this year, too. The May crowning of Lee DeWyze was down 18 percent as compared to the 2009 finale.

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Richard Ott

My advice and suggestion to American Idol producers.
If you're going to go back to a 3-judge panel, it
would be a much better solution to this dilemma
than just keeping this a 4-judge panel that's been
constantly changing and swapping around like mad,
almost to the point of American Idol being cancelled.
I'm just saying. With Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson
& Paula Abdul as the original 3 judges, nobody went
out of those spots for 8 seasons. If you really want
American Idol to be a 4-judge format, all I'm asking
of you is to please, please, PLEASE, find a judge
male or female that you will be satisfied with that
will be of the most intrest to you, and the show,
but find one who will at least be willing to pay as
much, if not more than what you offer them to be
on the judge panel, and have him/her sign the multi
million dollar contract, so we can watch the next
season of American Idol, knowing nothing's changed,
from the audition episodes, to the live finale.

September 04 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just forget about American Idol. It'll never be the same or as good as it was with Simon. No one can replace him. It took a slide when Paula left 'cause the banter between her & Simon was fun. Sorry to see it go, but it's time!

September 04 2010 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sure that it was Kara's decision to leave. She's trying to save face by saying she feels its the right time to leave. We all know they weren't re-signing her.

She honestly wasn't as terrible last year as she was the year before. I did hate when she told contestants they had to make it their own every single time. Does anyone remember for the first like 6-7 seasons, the majority of the contestants would just sing the song the way it was originally performed. I kind of liked that. Now it's all about the instruments and making it their own. Maybe now that's she gone it will go back to the first 5-6 seasons.


September 04 2010 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who the hell is Lee DeWyze!?

September 04 2010 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Wasn't it already announced weeks ago that she wouldn't be back? Idol must letting her save face because I read she wouldn't be asked back.

Just glad that she won't be back judging. She was terrible at it.

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