How Will Kara DioGuardi Change American Idol?

August 26, 2008

On Monday, it was confirmed that American Idol was getting a new addition to the judges' panel, singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi.  Ever since this news has come out, many have been asking just how this will impact American Idol as a competition.......Washington (ChattahBox) – On Monday, it was confirmed that American Idol was getting a new addition to the judges’ panel, singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi. Ever since this news has come out, many have been asking just how this will impact American Idol as a competition.

American Idol received a huge shake-up on Monday when it was announced that DioGuardi was going to be joining the current judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.

The three current judges have been staples on the show for the past 7 seasons, but will be getting a new partner to work with for season 8.

Kara DioGuardi is going to take center stage in January when American Idol kicks off its brand new season.

She will be starting things off this week in New York, where contestants who passed early auditions face the judges for the first time.

Many questions remain though as to how this is going to impact the format of the show.

The first big question has to do with the seating arrangements, and exactly where DioGuardi is going to be placed with the judges.

The likely scenario is that she will go after Paula Abdul, but before Simon Cowell, who always seems to get the last word.

The other big question surrounds how tie votes are going to be broken. In the early auditions, it was easy as there were just 3 votes. This would mean 2 votes and you go to Hollywood.

Now, the chances are that there are going to be 2-2 ties with 4 judges on the panel.

We will have to wait and see how this is all handled. This will likely be revealed soon as well.

The other factors which remain to be seen will not be revealed until Janunary. This has to do with the fact that the contestants usually spend more time in front of the judges than they do singing. With 4 judges on the panel now, this could get even longer.

Needless to say, this is quite a change for American Idol.


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