Kara DioGuardi returns to Idol

LOS ANGELES - Kara DioGuardi, who made her debut this year as the fourth judge on the No 1-rated TV singing show American Idol, will return to the panel for the coming ninth season, producers said yesterday.

LOS ANGELES - Kara DioGuardi, who made her debut this year as the fourth judge on the No 1-rated TV singing show American Idol, will return to the panel for the coming ninth season, producers said yesterday.

But the fate of Paula Abdul, who has been on the show's judging panel since its inception in 2002, is still up in the air with only a few days to go before auditions begin for the new season.

DioGuardi, a songwriter and record producer, was brought in to freshen the show after the Fox network's talent contest viewership began to slip. - Reuters

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