Have all you die hard American Idol fans been wringing your hands in anticipation? Well the wait is about over. Yes all of you Simon Cowell lovers, or haters, are about to get your big fix, as we count down to January 13th. American Idol Season 8 promises to be even bigger and better than before, and they have brought in back up to help Paula.
The judging debates should be a little more even now that there will be 2 women and 2 men on the panel. Grammy nominated song writer Kara DioGuardi has joined up with Simon, Paula and Randy Jackson to add her own opinions about these American Idol hopefuls.
Executive Producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz stated that they had always intended American Idol to have 4 judges, much like it’s International counterpart. The creator of the show, Simon Fuller, is thrilled to have Kara on the panel. He describes her as “one of America’s best song writers and a very sassy lady.” Look out Simon, Paula has help!
Kara is not entirely new to American Idol as many of the past contestants and American Idol winners have recorded her songs. These include, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katherine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, Bo Brice and Clay Aiken. It’s not just American Idols that take to her music either. Such legends as Jewel, Britney Spears and The Pussy Cat Dolls have recorded Kara’s words.
Kara DioGuardi will certainly be able to spot the talent, and may even single a few out that would be perfect for her songs. But can she handle the never ending banter that goes on between Paula, Simon and Randy? Will she and Paula team up and pay Simon and Randy back for the past 7 seasons where Paula’s been on her own against them?
Will there possibly be so much fussing and arguing going on between the 4 panel of judges that the show becomes more about them then the actual talent? For a show that was intended to be about finding new musical talent, most of the popularity seems to derive around the insults thrown among the judges.
Considering that the Executive Producers have already announced that viewers will be able to see more of the behind the season actions from the contestants, and they have added another judge, one has to wonder just how much time is going to be left to actually watch the contestants perform on the American Idol stage.
Is this a positive change, or will fans be screaming out their disappointment and changing channels? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure. Kara better bring all of the “sassy” she has in her, because anyone that knows Simon Cowell knows she is going to need it.
Watch the two night, 4 hour premiere on January 13 and 14, on Fox, and see what you think. Did the producers get it right or is it now just another reality show?