New Season of ‘American Idol’ Promises Drama

Tuesday night, hit singing competition American Idol returns to Fox for another season.

But while the series is now in its eighth run, this year boasts the added drama of fourth judge Kara DioGuardi being added to the mix.

DioGuardi—who’s penned songs for Hilary Duff, Céline Dion, Kylie Minogue and Pink—is said to have somewhat of a hard-hitting judging style.

In an interview with MSNBC, the 38-year-old songwriter says, “I’m a straight shooter, I’m going to tell it like I see it, but I’m also going to bring some heart to the show. I don’t want to make anyone cry. I’m not there to destroy their dreams.”

As for the perception that Paula Abdul may be unhappy about the addition of her onetime roommate to the judging panel, Kara understands.

“Paula found out pretty late in the game that I was coming on board, so if it were me, I would have been upset,” she explains.

That aside, Idol fans are just eager to meet the newest pool of hopeful, ambitious contestants.

Tune in tomorrow night for the season premiere, which kicks off at 8 p.m. with the first round of always-entertaining auditions.