It’s a definite WTF? moment as news reaches us that American Idol judge [[Kara DioGuardi]] has been fired from the show. TMZ broke the news earlier today, which follows on from Ellen DeGeneres quitting the judging panel.
Simon Cowell must be snickering into his faded designer t-shirts as the show is currently in disarray. The word on the street is that Kara was fired, but opted to leave immediately instead of seeing out the remainder of her four-year contract. NY Daily News reports:
Although the songwriter apparently was given the pink slip, DeGeneres made the decision on her own to leave the talent show immediately, opting out of the remainder of a four-year contract.
Worryingly, this leaves only Randy Jackson as the only judge on the show. For now.
The rumour mill is flying into a frenzy of speculation about who will replace both Simon and Kara. Surprisingly, instead of Poison frontman Bret Michaels, a new name is being mentioned: scarf-wearing rocker Steven Tyler. And the other hot favourite for a job as judge is Latino singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. Interesting choices – I’m not sure if Tyler is the Simon or the DioGuardi replacement! And which one is Lopez supposed to be?
From what we’re hearing, American Idol may be moving back to the original three-person panel format. DeGeneres won’t be replaced. At this stage, I think bringing three brand new judges into th next series would be a horrible idea, and alienating for viewers.
For the moment though, nothing has been confirmed, so the wise thing to do is wait for the various press releases from FOX and from Kara DioGuardi herself. I’d like to know the reason she was fired, because I was Kara’s biggest cheerleader – a judge who really took the contestants seriously and gave them good, constructive criticism. I hope she responds to this soon.