Kara DioGuardi Is Returning to American Idol

Rejoice! Or, if you prefer, lament!

E! Online reports that controversial fourth American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will indeed be returning for the show’s ninth season, which begins shooting auditions in the coming weeks.

“Her deal is done. There are no ifs, ands or buts,” a source reveals. “Done. She will be back.”

The source adds that DioGuardi’s deal is for far less than the judges are receiving. Chances are, she’ll probably also be making less than AI host Ryan Seacrest, who just inked a deal for mega-bucks to remain on the show.

Let us know in the comments section: Are you glad or angry that Kara DioGuardi will be returning to Idol?