Ever alert against the day when Paula Abdul passes and drowns in her own Coke cup, American Idol producers have added a fourth judge for the season that begins in January. She's songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who if you want to look on the bright side has written hits for Celine Dion (Taking Chances), the Pussy Cat Dolls (Ain't No Other Man and Beep) and Hilary Duff (Come Clean). On the hand, her resume also includes songs written for Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. So hanging around with Simon Cowell will be good practice for her future eternity in the middle rungs of Hell.
UPDATE: My pal Howard Cohen, who writes the Herald's American Idol blog and has my eternal sympathy, thinks four judges are one too many. Howard, Howard -- it's four too many.