Tell me what you think about Kara DioGuardi, AI's new fourth judge.
I'm pretty excited about having a new voice on the panel -- assuming she doesn't just echo comments already made by Randy, Paula and Simon.
I hope she'll offer the constructive criticism we one expected out of Paula, before she limited her feedback to lines involving the phrase "beautiful soul."
DioGuardi is an accomplished songwriter who has worked with artists like Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera, along with Idols Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Get more background in this USA Today piece.
DioGuardi was also a judge on "The One," a failed ABC reality talent competition. Season 7 AI contestant Syesha Mercado appeared on that show.
Click here for a clip of DioGuardi judging Syesha on "The One."