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New “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi brings feisty opinion to show


LEISURESongwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi joins the “American Idol” judging line-up when the talent show returns for an 8th season this coming Tuesday, adding a fascinating twist to the Paula-Randy-Simon dynamic that has been as much a part of the TV’ show’s attraction as the contestants themselves.

But how will she fit in?  DioGuardi, who has worked with former Idol Kelly Clarkson and written songs for Carrie Underwood,  described her own persona on the panel as  “pretty feisty and opinionated but  also coming from a good place and who is trying to help the contestants.”

In other words, a combination of all three of the reigning judges.

“Paula has a lot of heart, Simon pretty much tells it like it is. Sometimes he can be pretty harsh but usually he’s right.  Randy’s the diplomat,” DioGuardi told reporters in a conference call this week.

“I do feel I have a heart. You want to make sure you encourage the contestants. I may say things that are negative but  I always try to say it with some heart,” she said.