Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Changes coming to American Idol

American Idol returns January 13 and you can expect some changes this year. Just enough to re-energize the show, not so much to shake you out of your comfort zone.

* Return of wild card finalists picked by the judges. You may remember Season 2 when runner up Clay Aiken made it through to the finals as a wild card choice.
* You'll see fewer bad auditions.
* More contestants will hear "you're going to Hollywood, baby." Yep. 36 guys and gals are getting the golden ticket, up from 24.
* New judge! Singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi joins Simon, Paula and Randy. Here's her official bio:

"Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, and singer who has contributed to a long list of internationally successful popular songs. She writes music in the light pop-rock genre. She will be a judge on the eighth season of American Idol. DioGuardi is a long-time collaborator with Hilary Duff and Kelly Clarkson and has also worked with Celine Dion, David Archuleta, Pink, Carrie Underwood, and even Paula Abdul, the other female judge on America Idol."

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