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All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:04:54 PM »
Wow! I think this is a big mistake! Has AI jumped the shark?

"American Idol" is going nuclear for Season 13.

None of the four judges on the singing competition will be asked to return next season, an individual with knowledge of Fox's plans told The Wrap. Longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe is expected to get the boot. And despite reports to the contrary, Fox isn't even considering bringing former judge Jennifer Lopez back as a lifesaver for next season.

Like we said: nuclear.

"All four are gone," the insider told TheWrap. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back."

Driven by this belief and the need to attract younger viewers, Fox is set to make major on-air changes to "Idol," the most notable of which will be an entirely new judging panel. New judges pop icon Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban won't be back. Even original judge Randy Jackson won't survive the blood bath this time around.

A Fox spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 07:23:33 PM »
Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson: I'm leaving 'Idol'
Bill Keveney, USA TODAY 7:41 p.m. EDT May 9, 2013
The musician and producer, who has been at the judges' table since the first season, says he's not coming back.

Dawg, he's no longer in it to win it.

Randy Jackson, the musician and producer who has been a judge on American Idol since Season 1, says he will not be coming back to the panel for Season 13 next year.

"Yo! Yo! Yo!" he said in a statement released by his publicist. "To put all of the speculation to rest, after twelve years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."

Fox declined comment.

The "speculation" Jackson refers to is Idol's drifting fortunes this season, with friction between panel-mates Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and ratings down double digits year over year. The situation has spurred conjecture and some unsourced reports that Fox is planning an overhaul for next spring's cycle.

The "speculation" Jackson refers to is Idol's drifting fortunes this season, with friction between panel-mates Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and ratings down double digits year over year. The situation has spurred conjecture and some unsourced reports that Fox is planning an overhaul for next spring's cycle.

With Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, Jackson was part of the original 2002 judging trio that helped turn Idol into the country's biggest TV show and a pop culture phenomenon. Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest are the only on-air originals who remain.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 09:03:11 PM »
Jennifer Lopez was honestly a good judge. Who are they expecting, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? :res:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013, 09:03:55 PM »
Read that Mariah had enough with Nicki and felt that she doesn't need this platform.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013, 11:39:05 PM »
I miss Randy + Paula + Simon so much... I doubt I'll watch next season with none of the original judges. :(


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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2013, 11:40:21 PM »
Jennifer Lopez was honestly a good judge. Who are they expecting, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? :res:

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2013, 11:42:51 PM »
Jennifer Lopez was honestly a good judge. Who are they expecting, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? :res:

I actually heard rumors its Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, P!nk and some guy named Diddy.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 11:45:46 PM »
Jennifer Lopez was honestly a good judge. Who are they expecting, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez? :res:

I actually heard rumors its Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, P!nk and some guy named Diddy.

JB is the new Nicki. :P

And I think it's P.Diddy. Not to be racist, but they need a black guy to replace a black guy.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2013, 12:34:03 AM »
If Justin Bieber is on that panel, I'll stop watching. I actually gave AI 12 a chance because I liked Keith and Mariah on the panel (after which I preferred Nicki more due to her honesty).

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2013, 05:34:09 AM »
Is American Idol running out of good judges? :res: Well, I pretty agree about Randy not coming back, I personally think that his judging is just "He/She's in it to win it", etc. But, I *honestly* like Nicki's way of judging. She's brutally honest! She knows what's the best for the contestant. She's the one that I can compare the style of judging with Simon Cowell. :luvya:

For me, I really like to see Simon and Nicki together in the same panel, although it won't be happen, because it's too good to be true! :lol:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2013, 07:00:47 AM »
I like Nicki too and Keith. Randy has never been much of a judge with his DAWG and In-it-to-win-it. He was an offset to some of the nasty things that Simon would say but for useful criticism, not much.

Nicki tells it like it is.

I couldn't understand why this news would leak yesterday, on the day when the final two would be revealed, now I wonder if it was leaked on purpose.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2013, 07:40:43 AM »
I think it doesn't matter anymore. I think after giving American Idol a second shot after three years (AI 8 was the last season I watched completely)... I think it's time to go on hiatus/give up on the show again. :lol3:

I think I'll go with The Voice... although I think the show has an even more unfair elimination system. :groan:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2013, 08:18:57 AM »
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Radar recently reported that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is planning a complete overhaul of the current judging panel. Apparently he is hoping to replace the existing judges with a “dream team” consisting of Justin Bieber, Pink, Selena Gomez and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.

I was REALLY KIDDING about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and was still in bed when I typed their names. Gosh, I didn't expect it to be true!!!! :lol3:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2013, 06:28:53 PM »
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Radar recently reported that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is planning a complete overhaul of the current judging panel. Apparently he is hoping to replace the existing judges with a “dream team” consisting of Justin Bieber, Pink, Selena Gomez and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.

I was REALLY KIDDING about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and was still in bed when I typed their names. Gosh, I didn't expect it to be true!!!! :lol3:

Maybe they are quoting you!  :lol3:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2013, 09:03:07 PM »
I'll hyperventilate with a heart attack if JB is really a judge.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2013, 10:00:17 PM »
If the rumor is true I will not be watching Idol again.  I would like them to try former Idol winners as judges.  There has been some really creative contestants.  I was surprised I liked Nicki as a judge until she started pushing her favorites rather than the best performances.  I also feel they did not pick a great group of contestants this season.  I was only interested in a few rather than in the past the top 10 were great.  My pick, Angie is gone, gone, gone. :'(

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2013, 01:32:33 AM »
If the rumor is true I will not be watching Idol again.  I would like them to try former Idol winners as judges.  There has been some really creative contestants.  I was surprised I liked Nicki as a judge until she started pushing her favorites rather than the best performances.  I also feel they did not pick a great group of contestants this season.  I was only interested in a few rather than in the past the top 10 were great.  My pick, Angie is gone, gone, gone. :'(

Word. I remembered they wanted to pick Adam Lambert up as a judge then realized that he isn't popular enough. I'm thinking Kelly Clarkson would be a great judge! She's a hilarious person! :lol3:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2013, 07:24:43 PM »
I'll hyperventilate with a heart attack if JB is really a judge.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2013, 08:19:09 PM »
I'll hyperventilate with a heart attack if JB is really a judge.

 :lol3:  I'm pretty sure you are safe..
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2013, 05:19:44 PM »
From E!online.com:
http://www.eonline.com/news/422628/jennifer-hudson-signs-on-as-american-idol-judge-plus-find-out-who-else-is-close-to-coming-aboard?utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=imdb_topstories

Jennifer Hudson Signs On as American Idol Judge! (Plus, Find Out Who Else Is Close to Coming Aboard)
by Kristin Dos Santos and Marc Malkin

American Idol has nailed down its first alum turned judge: Jennifer Hudson.

Multiple sources confirm exclusively to E! News that the Oscar-winning singer has signed a deal to sit at the judges' table this fall for season 13. The other two spots are also intended for former Idol contestants: Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.

We're told that Clarkson is also close to signing on. No word yet on whether Lambert or Aiken will fill the final spot, but producers are expected to keep the panel to three members.

The "superstar-alum" theme is aimed at reclaiming some of Idol's lost viewership—the series is down about 10 million viewers from two years ago, in part because of the success of The Voice.

Fox (smartly) wants to highlight Idol's upper hand: It's the only singing competition to actually manufacture top-selling stars.

"It's Idol alums bringing in the next generation," says one Fox source of the reasoning behind the casting for season 13.

Current judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban will not be returning.

Hudson didn't win the show's third season but went on to have one of the most high-profile careers, winning an Academy Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls. She most recently appeared on the second season of NBC's troubled and now-canceled series Smash.

Fox had no comment on Hudson's casting.

Would you tune in for Jennifer Hudson and an all-alum panel?
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2013, 07:18:38 PM »
HMMMMM! Interesting article. I wonder if this will revamp AI.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2013, 10:16:36 PM »
I will watch Jennifer! She's hilarious! And Kelly too! But I think they need someone mean on the panel!

I miss JLo. :(
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2013, 11:17:10 PM »
Why don't we elcect new judges for every new season? That way, it adds freshness and anticipation for every season. Love to see Haley Reinhart be a judge one day. Favorite singer ever!

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2013, 12:49:07 AM »
Haley was robbed. :'(

I would love for Kelly Clarkson to be a judge too! But it's better only to have one former contestant on the panel each year!

Why don't they just put Jimmy Lovine on the panel? He's mean, he's straight to the point and he speaks truth at times too.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2013, 02:51:44 AM »
I think I'd end up watching with Jennifer and Kelly. Smart move by Idol.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2013, 04:14:54 AM »
 :keeta: I want Simon Cowel back even if only one season, but don't look for that to happen.  I thought Keith Urban was good.  CANNOT stand Nikki!! :gaah:  Keith was good as was Mariah. :hrt: I will really miss Randy!  :groan:

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2013, 09:13:54 AM »
American Idol wants to hear from you!

Take the American Idol survey! http://www.instant.ly/s/Nbosg

Apparently, the general consensus is similar, keep Keith, change the girl judges and bring back JLO. :lol3:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2013, 01:08:36 AM »
http://www.thesouptv.com/latest/american-idle/424989?cmpid=sn-111021-facebook-na-soup

Big news on the American Idol front. What's that you say? Well, we don't have any news about The Voice right now so we're talking about American Idol instead. Just bear with us.

The rumor mill has churned out word that both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are relinquishing their seats at the judge's table. Shortly after Mariah's formal announcement, Minaj took to Twitter to announce she was peacing out as well. And just like that, what little excitement was left on the aging talent show has evaporated completely.

The question now is who will be brought in to replace the dueling divas. We're not saying the producers will purposely seek out two opposed parties, to keep the drama flowing, but the frontrunners in the search so far seem to indicate as much.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2013, 09:55:06 PM »
I think American Idol is done and Randy Jackson knows it. I miss Simon and Paula. I will still watch the show because I like watching the talent on there, but it just won't be the same. I guess I will have to give American Idol a "Bash" for now.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2013, 02:52:08 PM »
American Idol wants to hear from you!

Take the American Idol survey! http://www.instant.ly/s/Nbosg

Apparently, the general consensus is similar, keep Keith, change the girl judges and bring back JLO. :lol3:

I tried the survey but it said I don't "qualify." (I guess anyone who didn't watch the last season can't vote.) :P

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2013, 02:56:08 PM »
Weird!  How would they know and if you didn't watch, it seems to me that might be something to take into account too.  Maybe try again Hooky.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2013, 04:16:42 PM »
They know because it asks you in the survey. If you say you haven't watched an episode, the next page says you are not qualified.

I won't be dishonest and mess up the accuracy of their poll, but I do wonder why only those who watched some of the last season have a voice? Aren't they trying to reclaim the viewers they had back in the old days?

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« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2013, 06:05:26 AM »
The moment I picked in other countries aka Singapore, I am not allowed to take the quiz. So I... became an American for that survey. :lol3:
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« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2013, 12:39:44 PM »
They know because it asks you in the survey. If you say you haven't watched an episode, the next page says you are not qualified.

I won't be dishonest and mess up the accuracy of their poll, but I do wonder why only those who watched some of the last season have a voice? Aren't they trying to reclaim the viewers they had back in the old days?

You would think so wouldn't you!  :crazy:
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« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2013, 11:04:57 AM »
Come to think of it, I really think the next season will go back to a guy winning again. I wouldn't join if I'm a great female singer next season. :lol3:
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2013, 04:53:35 PM »
FROM "THE WRAP TV"
http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/american-idol-judges-dilemma-jennifer-lopez-jennifer-hudson-107166

'American Idol' Faces Judges Decision: Inside the 'J. Lo or J-Hud?' Diva Dilemma (Exclusive)
By Jethro Nededog

Show insiders tell TheWrap that indecision among the newly appointed executive producers have caused plans to shift several times on the Fox competition.

Fox's "American Idol" is going back to its safe place – or at least it's trying.

Two months after TheWrap broke the story that Fox was looking to completely revamp the judging panel on its declining singing competition, insiders tell us that indecision among the newly appointed executive producers have caused plans to shift several times.

Former judge Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations to return to the Fox singing competition, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Formerly, Lopez made about $15 million a season for the gig, but those kind of numbers don't work for the current climate at "Idol," which has been shedding viewers for several seasons now.

If producers can come to an agreement with Lopez, then Jennifer Hudson is most likely out. The Season 3 alum had struck a deal with the producers to join the panel for somewhere between $4-$5.5 million, but her contract was never finalized and remains open.

Hudson made sense back in May when the goal was to put together an all-alumni panel. According to the "Idol" insider, that plan fell away after producers failed to sign Kelly Clarkson.

One "Idol" insider said that producers are still leaning toward a three-person panel and their preference is one female and two males. If they can come to agreement on salary, Lopez will return and Hudson will likely be let go. Keith Urban is set to return for the second spot and technologist-singer will.i.am, who's currently in negotiations, is the top contender for the last spot.

The ongoing indecision stems from the differing views of the quartet of new producers -- Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment and his new producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, former Swedish "Idol" producer Per Blankens for FremantleMedia and Fox's David Hill.

Apparently Fremantle's Swedish producer wants the show to go with the biggest possible talent, while Fox is more interested in a balanced panel than in spending diva dollars.

Of course, it's entirely possible that the plan will shift again before the panel is set. But, time is definitely not on "Idol's" side as auditions for Season 13 started earlier this month in Salt Lake City and ends Aug. 11 in Omaha.

Fox, Fremantle and 19 Entertainment declined to comment for this report.

This isn’t the first time "Idol" producers turned to Lopez for help. Allegedly, they hatched a plan to replace Mariah Carey in April as a ratings stunt but Carey's lawyers put an end to the plot.

Things began to unravel even before Mike Darnell left his post as Fox's president of alternative programming. Fox then tapped David Hill to oversee "Idol" and "The X Factor" soon after.

As TheWrap first reported, founding producers Nigel Lythgoe and Fremantle Ken Warwick were fired in June. Blankens and Den of Thieves would later replace them, respectively.

Additionally, judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have confirmed the exits TheWrap reported first in May. That leaves Urban and host Ryan Seacrest, who has another year on his contract.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2013, 06:06:30 PM »
Both Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez would be good for the show and are good judges. It probably will be a good thing if they only have 3 judges. Mariah Carey was a terrible judge in my opinion. They have to get judges set soon with auditions starting.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2013, 09:07:07 PM »
I would rather Lopez than Hudson.  Hudson has gotten into political issues which irritates me.  I want to be entertained not irritated.  I thought Keith Urban did good last year considering the diva wars.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #38 on: August 01, 2013, 06:49:08 AM »
I liked Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj before she turned into a rude b***h. She was really good up till about the Top 7 last year, where it was plain obvious she was nothing than biased.

And I don't know if I'm alone... but I REALLY LIKED KARA DIOGUARDI.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #39 on: August 01, 2013, 08:02:31 AM »
I really liked Niki and thought she gave the best advice even if it was tough advice sometimes. I wonder if she didn't get fed up with the way they were favoring some over others. I'd still like to see her back.
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #40 on: August 01, 2013, 03:41:35 PM »
I liked Kara too.  I liked Nicki until she became so biased in her evaluations.  Nicki is too much of a DIVA for me.

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #42 on: August 04, 2013, 11:39:47 PM »
I liked Kara too.  I liked Nicki until she became so biased in her evaluations.  Nicki is too much of a DIVA for me.

Same here!! Nicki was really good... so much better than Mariah who doesn't know what she's saying most of the time. But she turned a little rude towards the end and it was plain obvious she didn't care anymore and she didn't like to be there either. -_-
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #43 on: August 04, 2013, 11:40:16 PM »
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #44 on: August 06, 2013, 05:55:58 PM »
I love him too. :)
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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #45 on: August 06, 2013, 11:25:03 PM »
And I don't know if I'm alone... but I REALLY LIKED KARA DIOGUARDI.

Me three! They should just bring her back. :wohoo:

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Re: All Four Judges Fired For 2014?
« Reply #46 on: August 07, 2013, 06:03:28 AM »
They just didn't liked her because she wasn't as "famous" as the other judges. Kara was real, professional and gave constructive comments all the time. :(
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