UPDATE: Reality Blurred has confirmed that the songwriting contest is canceled for Season 8
A couple of interesting bits came out of the interview.
Kara says she’s writing a song that may be this year’s coronation song:
DioGuardi could face even more vocal feedback, positive or negative, soon. She’s currently writing a song that could be selected as the single the “American Idol” finalists will perform and the winner will release.
“I’ve always tried to write the final song so it’s not really a big [deal] ‘ they’re either going to like it or they’re not, ” she said.
Does that mean no songwriting contest this year? If so, good riddance. That contest was supposed to improve the winners song, but the past two songs, Jordin Spark’s “This is My Now” and David Cook’s “The Time of My Life”–both products of the Idol songwriters’ contest–were as bland and treacly as ever.
Plus, there were rumors that the songwriters who were picked for voting were all ringers anyway. You’re average Joe didn’t stand a chance in the competition. So it appears that we’re back to the producers’ cherry-picking songs from the usual stable of Idol songwriters.
Also, Kara refuses to choose a favorite, but she does end up picking a few:
Although she said “I do think that there’s a solid front-runner, ” she wouldn’t name that person. “My job is to judge what happens week to week, ” she said. “To [predict a winner] sort of kills the rest of the season for me. I want to see what people can deliver. You never know.”
Still, she cited highlights, including Adam Lambert’s “outrageous range” and Allison Iraheta, who “sings like she’s an old soul.” Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson have predicted that Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert will end up in the finals, but DioGuardi said that while that’s “a really strong possibility, ” it depends upon their performances going forward and whether Iraheta, Kris Allen, and Matt Giraud “keep upping their game.”
I’ll bet her front-runner pick is probably Adam Lambert.