MSNBC: Why Idol Hired Another Judge
August 29, 2008 at 7:29 AM (PT)
The decision to bring KARA DIOGUARDI onboard as a judge at AMERICAN IDOL has, for the most part, been one met with support, writes MSNBC. That said, the reasoning behind adding a fourth judge might be slightly more complex than we’ve be lead to believe.
"They want another female in case PAULA misses a taping," a source close to the show told OK! magazine.
Another "IDOL" source confirms that ABDUL’s attendance last season was a source of extreme consternation.
"There were so many times they had to cover for PAULA during the live shows. She’d just be totally MIA," says a source who worked closely with ABDUL. "We’d joke that the lady’s a flight risk. But really, she loves what she does. She wouldn’t just totally disappear. She’d come back -- just maybe not in time for live television."