New judge joining ‘Idol’ panel

American Idol is adding a new judge for the eighth season of the show. Kara DioGuardi, a Grammy-nominated song writer, will join the panel that includes Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, People Magazine  reports.

“We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” show creator Simon Fuller said in a statement released Monday. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

Many musicians, including Gwen Stefani and Santana, have recorded DioGuardi’s songs.

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