Today is the day we all have been waiting for! Last night there was a preview of the first show being aired tonight. The first auditions begin in Phoenix, Arizona. It was obvious from the start that Paula and Kara are friends! I think adding her to the judge panel will be a good balance. I don't want to spoil tonight's show for anyone so all I can say is sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Oh yes...and watch out for the girl in the bikini!!! I have read about the changes in Season 8. There will be three semifinalists instead of two and the wild-card round has been revived so failed singers have a second chance to make it into the top 12. As far as the rumor-interested fans are concerned, Paul Abdul won't get the boot, said Warwick who underlined that the singer's job as an AI judge is not in jeopardy!
The flat notes, the sweet surprises, the pleas of the rejected are all intact as "American Idol" returns for its eighth season of first class karaoke. A new twist is the bikini clad contestant who splits the judges straight down the gender line in the debut episode. Fox previewed the show Monday night for TV critics who simply couldn't wait 24 hours to see it air. The rest of America can judge for itself from 8-10 p.m. Kara DioGuardi, who joins Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the judging panel. DioGuardi immediately distinguished herself by throwing down with the willowy woman in the very orange, very small bikini. DioGuardi, a songwriter/producer who also knows how to belt a tune, sang a few bars to show the contestant how it should have been done.