The big change for the season is the addition of failed rocker/hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi (pictured with Randy Jackson, Paula "Miss Pills" Abdul and Simon Cowell in the photo above) as a permanent judge. DioGuardi has written hits for Pink, Kelley Clarkson and even co-wrote Kylie Minogue's big hit, "Spinning Around," with Paula. The general thought is that Paula's crazy train has finally jumped the tracks and she will be transitioned out with DioGuardi in place for 2010. There are rumors that Paula is developing her own talk show (?!!!), plus she's selling her jewelry on HSN and dealing with stalkers. One killed herself outside Paula's house late last year, and Paula blamed the producers of Idol for letting her get into auditions. Apparently, another of Paula's stalkers had to be removed during audition taping for this season. There's a whole lotta crazy around Miss P.
The Modern Confessional does tend to get Idol-centric around this time each year, but never fear: there will be plenty about writing -- both poetry and prose -- interspersed between all that Idol.