DioGuardi on being `Idol' judge: It's not easy
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, an executive producer on "Idol," said producers envisioned a fourth judge could create a time crunch.
"It's hard for (the judges) to figure out whether they've spoken for 30 seconds or 45 seconds, so ... we're going to try and help them with that and give them a sense of their timing so that we keep it under control a bit more," Frot-Coutaz said...
It's clear she [Kara] takes her job very seriously. In conversation, she offered unprompted, thoughtful analyses of various finalists; she often schedules one-on-one advising sessions with hopefuls after they get voted off...
Frot-Coutaz said the four-judge system has worked thus far, and viewers have responded positively to DioGuardi.
"We're certainly not talking about going back to three at this point. ... We're pleased with the fourth judge," she said.