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“Idol” drops DioGuardi

Karadioguardi By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

“American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is officially out, Fox confirmed Friday.

News wasn’t a surprise, as most observers had expected DioGuardi’s exit as part of an ongoing overhaul on “Idol.”

Move makes Randy Jackson the last remaining original judge on the show. Jackson is expected to remain on “Idol,” even though Fox is still mum on what the show’s new judge lineup will look like.

Fox is also expected to finally announce the addition of new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as soon as next week.

Original judge Simon Cowell departed at the end of this past season, while Ellen DeGeneres announced last month that she wouldn’t be back for a second year as judge.

DioGuardi spent two seasons on “Idol,” joining the panel as part of an earlier overhaul.

DioGuardi’s exit bolsters expectation that “Idol” may return to a three-judge format this January. The show’s decision to expand to four judges has garnered criticism, as the show’s running time has frequently spilled out of its timeslot to accommodate everyone’s opinions.DioGuardi is a successful songwriter who has written music for Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

DioGuardi’s exit had been expected. She was even rumored to have told friends that Fox wasn’t returning her calls.