Kara DioGuardi will return to American Idol

kara_dioguardiAmerican Idol‘s newest judge Kara DioGuardi will be returning to the show for another season.

“We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with Idol,” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement. “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.”

Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz also added, “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. We’re very pleased with her contributions as the fourth judge on the panel.”

Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson will also be returning to be judges for the ninth season, while fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul is still trying to negotiate a new contract.

American Idol Season 9 will start taping on August 6 and premieres on January 2010.