'American Idol' confirm DioGuardi return
Published Aug 3 2009, 19:16 BST | By Lara Martin American Idol
creator Simon Fuller has confirmed that Kara DioGuardi
will be returning for the ninth season of the Fox reality show.
The singer-songwriter joined Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson on the judging panel last year, but had previously admitted that she was unsure
whether she would be kept for a second year.
In a statement to Access Hollywood
, Fuller said: "We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with Idol
"She is a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara's championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct."
Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz added: "Kara brings her own special style and sensibility to the show, which includes her innate talent to identify, nurture and direct a performer's potential. We're very pleased with her contributions as the fourth judge on the panel."
The new season of Idol
will kick off next January and it is thought that Abdul is the only judge not to have agreed
terms to return.