Couple of announcements this morning related to the top two reality competition shows on TV:
• Fox is adding a fourth judge to "American Idol": songwriter Kara DioGuardi (pictured above). They tried to add a fourth judge for season two with DJ Angie Martinez, but she quit during auditions because she didn't like having to criticize the singers; we'll see if DioGuardi has gone into the gig with a better understanding of what she'll have to do. (Fox is doing a conference call with her this afternoon.) This still doesn't address the Randy Jackson problem, as we'll still have to suffer through his useless comments, but maybe DioGuardi will manage to be more coherent and precise in her criticism and praise.
• New "Dancing with the Stars" cast officially announced: Lance Bass (former boy-bander), Toni Braxton (R&B star), Brooke Burke (model/reality show hostess), Rocco DiSpirito (celebrity chef), Maurice Greene (Olympic sprinter), Kim Kardashian (Paris Hilton wannabe), Cloris Leachman (classic sitcom actress), Cody Linley ("Hannah Montana" co-star), Susan Lucci (classic soap actress), Misty May-Treanor (Olympic beach volleyballer), Ted McGinley (showkiller), Jeffrey Ross (comedian) and Warren Sapp (future NFL Hall of Famer). I'm particularly struck by the intestinal fortitude it took to cast McGinley; is this the beginning of the end for the show?