Adam Markovitz
August 03, 2009 AT 02:10 PM EDT

Confirming published reports from last week, Fox has officially announced that American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will be back for the show’s ninth season. “She is a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable,” said Idol creator/exec producer Simon Fuller in a statement; Fuller praised DioGuardi for championing runner-up Adam Lambert. The new season of Idol is set to begin filming Aug. 6.

More on Kara DioGuardi:

Kara DioGuardi’s return to ‘American Idol’ inspires a protest anthem

Kara DioGuardi: Here Comes the New ‘Idol’ judge

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