American Idol bosses are delighted that Kara DioGuardi is to return as a judge for the 2010 series.
Her return to the show was confirmed this week, though Paula Abdul’s position is still said to be hanging in the balance.
Idol executive producer Simon Fuller told The Live Feed: “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.”
He went on: “This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara’s championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct.”
Mike Darnell from the US Fox network said: “Kara’s spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused American Idol with a new energy last year.
“She clearly has a keen eye for talent – spotting Adam Lambert’s superstar quality early on last season.”
“Her performance on the season eight finale was one of the most memorable in recent Idol history,” he added, referring to Kara’s bikini performance of Vision Of Love with Katrina ‘Bikini Girl’ Darrell.