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Finally, An American Idol Judge That Can Sing!

Lyndsey Parker
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Today it was announced that pro songwriter Kara DioGuardi will be joining Simon, Paula, and Randy as a fourth judge on season 8 of American Idol. While you may have never heard of Kara, surely you're familiar with the hits she's penned for Idols like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, as well as other superstars like Celine Dion, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan, Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, Ashlee Simpson, Christina Aguilera, and Kylie Minogue. Pretty impressive.

Kara has also written for, um, Paris Hilton. Hey, they can't all be hits!

Speaking of not all songs being hits...Kara actually briefly fronted Platinum Weird, a sort of fake band with the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart that was the subject of a Behind The Music-style spoof rockumentary on VH1 a couple years ago.

That TV exposure obviously didn't do as much for Kara's profile as her new AmIdol job will, since Platinum Weird's one-off album only sold about 5,000 copies. But hey--at least her Platinum Weird stint proved that Kara can SING, unlike the three existing Idol judges (including Paula Abdul). And that makes her uniquely qualified for this gig.

See for yourself, in this Kara/Platinum Weird performance shot at the Yahoo! Music studios back in 2006:

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I'm personally looking forward to seeing Kara spar with her fellow judges next season. Besides being able to upstage Paula in the fashion, singing, and lucidity departments, the woman is sharp-tongued enough to maybe give even Simon Cowell a run for his money. Check out her entertainingly mouthy interview here (all about her fake former band), and get ready for her Idol closeup next January:

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