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Now that Kara DioGuardi is officially on board for season nine of “American Idol,” the higher-ups at Fox are weighing in on why they think DioGuardi is a huge asset to the show. We’re sure Paula Abdul is going to love that praise is being heaped on Kara while her own future on “Idol” still hangs in the air…

FOX president of alternative programming Mike Darnell recently said, “Kara’s spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused ‘American Idol’ with a new energy last year… She clearly has a keen eye for talent – spotting Adam Lambert’s superstar quality early on last season – and her performance on the season 8 finale was one of the most memorable in recent ‘Idol’ history.”

As for that first part…pretty much everyone with eyes and ears predicted that Adam would do well in the competition and that he stood out above the rest. As for that second part – Darnell is referring to Kara singing a few lines of “Vision of Love” with “Bikini Girl” Katrina Darrell. And we think Mike Darnell might just like the way Kara DioGuardi looks in a bikini…we’re not sure he’s actually speaking for anyone but himself.

Also happy to have Kara DioGuardi back on “Idol” is the show’s executive producer, Simon Fuller. Said Fuller, “We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with ‘Idol.’ She is a breath of fresh air and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara’s championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct.”

Well, it certainly seems as if everyone’s done a good job memorizing the “Why We’re Glad to Have Kara Back on Idol” mantra they’ve been fed. And we’re sure Adam Lambert is feeling super that the ultra-perceptive Kara DioGuardi was around to notice his under-the-radar talent…