Cowell and DioGuardi to return for new 'American Idol' series

Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi will both return for another season of 'American Idol' - the music mogul has come to terms with the show's new judge after an "awkward" start.

Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi will both return for another season of 'American Idol' - the music mogul has come to terms with the show's new judge after an "awkward" start.

Cowell recently sparked speculation he was planning to leave the talent show after admitting he would quit if ratings fell, but he has assured fans that he will be back for at least one more season.

Asked if he'd be back in 2010 during a recent appearance on US TV chat show 'Ellen', Cowell said: "Yeah," adding, "(It's) been... the best eight or nine years of my life. I've had the best time, there's nothing to complain about, we've all got on really well."

However, he insisted that he is still planning to leave the show in the near future: "I just believe sometimes everything has to come to an end."

Cowell also revealed he was far from happy with the show's new judge. Calling DioGuardi's arrival "awkward", he said: "I've got to know Kara now and I like her... she's cute."

After much speculation about DioGuardi's future on 'American Idol', Cowell admits the songwriter will remain on the judging for the next series.

He added: "Everyone's going to be back. Absolutely."

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