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News |  06 Aug 2009 11:28 |  BY RnMTeam

Kara DioGuardi returns as judge on American Idol

MUMBAI: Kara DioGuardi will be back for her second round as a judge on "American Idol", say media reports.

The Grammy-nominated songwriter joined original panelists Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul last season.

Her arrival raised questions about the future of Abdul on the hit talent competition. Abdul is still negotiating for next season, the reports indicate.

"American Idol" starts its ninth season in January.

DioGuardi will continue to use her background as an award-winning songwriter and producer to critique and nurture the contestants throughout the competition.

American Idol creator/executive producer Simon Fuller says, "We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season. This show is all about discovering new talent and Kara's championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct."