American Idol Adds A Fourth Judge!

Wow! American Idol is shaking things up for their eighth season, as Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson are getting some company on the judges' panel.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi is joining the talent competition as judge No. 4 when it returns in January. 

"We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table," Idol 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."

The new lady has an impressive resume, having written tunes for Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Santana, and Pink.

Hmmm, do you guys think Paula is worried? This pretty chippy's coming in on her turf and, chances are, there's no way she's going to sound as ridiculous and incoherent as Paula does.

But FOX's Mark Darnell says that Paula will only benefit from Kara's arrival. "For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges' table," he said in a statement. "With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."

Let's take bets -- how long before the first cat-fight story surfaces?

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