New American Idol Judge Has Written for Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill

Pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who will serve as a fourth judge on the upcoming season of American Idol, already has ties to Nashville. Her writing credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Sometimes You Leave” (from Carnival Ride) and Faith Hill’s “Lost” (from The Hits). DioGuardi’s Web site also indicates that Martina McBride has cut one of her songs for a forthcoming release. The eighth season of American Idol will debut in January with returning judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.