Monday, August 3, 2009

FOX Makes It Official: Kara Will Be Back

I missed this one in my e-mail inbox this morning.

Then again, maybe I just didn’t want to see it…

FOX made it official today with a press release announcing that Kara DioGuardi will return as a judge on “Idol.”

Allow me to lead everyone in a collective BOO HISS!

Here are the quotes of support straight from the press release:

“We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with IDOL,” said Simon Fuller, Creator/Executive Producer, AMERICAN IDOL. “She is a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara’s championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct.”

“Kara brings her own special style and sensibility to the show, which includes her innate talent to identify, nurture and direct a performer’s potential,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Executive Producer, AMERICAN IDOL. “We’re very pleased with her contributions as the fourth judge on the panel.”

"Kara’s spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused AMERICAN IDOL with a new energy last year,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “She clearly has a keen eye for talent – spotting Adam Lambert’s superstar quality early on last season – and her performance on the Season Eight finale was one of the most memorable in recent IDOL history.”

Although I agree that her finale performance was quite memorable, even a total idiot would have seen the talent of Adam Lambert.

Wait a minute…

The press release goes on to try and win me over by telling me that Kara co-wrote one of my favorite current songs (the irresistible ditty “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester). But alas, it didn’t work. I’m still bummed…

I find it ironic that a show built around listening to the opinions of the viewers would totally ignore them with this decision. Overwhelmingly, fans were against Kara returning, but our wishes fell on deaf ears. And I can’t help but think that will hurt the show in the long run…

What do you guys think? Are you unhappy that Kara is returning, or do you think FOX made the right choice?

Photo Credit: FOX