This year Paula Abdul won’t be the only lady receiving uncomfortable whispers and leg grabs from Simon and Randy. From AP:

“We are turning the heat up on `Idol’ this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller in a statement. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

I’m sure there was a lengthy debate on if the judges should now be sitting ‘boy-girl-boy-girl’ or sandwiching the two ladies between Simon and Randy. At least I like to think there was.