“American Idol” talk, 1/20

21 Jan

Kara DioGuardi
Kara DioGuardi

As auditions continue this week on “American Idol,” we’ll continue our “Idol” talk here.

With three audition episodes under our belts, I think we’ve all had a chance to get to know “Idol”‘s new judge, Kara DioGuardi.

The show has had its share of guest judges, from Dolly Parton to Gwen Stefani, but this is the first time in the show’s eight-season history that a permanent fourth judge has been added.

What do y’all think about her?

My first thought was that she was certainly qualified. According to her Web site, DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million albums, and she’s worked with a host of singers such as Faith Hill, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood and Britney Spears. She’s also the co-owner of Arthouse Entertainment and a VP of A&R at Warner Bros. Records.

Whew. Again, she’s qualified, eh?

At the same time, the show’s judges – Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul – are all just as qualified but in different ways. Just because Kara’s qualified, does that make her a good judge?

So far, I think, yes. She’s held her own against the other three judges and offered great advice. Even in the insane case of the “Bikini Girl” who sang a swing-less version of “Vision of Love” – when Bikini Girl reverted to childish attacks, Kara could’ve easily outsmarted her with a quick, painful word-slap, but she didn’t. She looked classy and cool, while the Biniki Girl will only be remembered for, well, her bikini.

However, on the flip side of things, I worry that four judges is a bit much. How many judges does it take to decide whether or not somebody has some talent and star quality?

So far I’m really enjoying Kara. What do y’all think?

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