Oh, how I've waited to hear this news. Kara Dioguardi, who single-handedly insulted an entire species of cat with her antics, will not be returning to wreak havoc on another group of performers who are naive enough to think they'll be judged on talent. Fired, canned, given the old heave-ho, given her walking papers, axed, however you put it, she's gone. Her soapbox for self-promotion has mercifully come to an end -- and American Idol fans rejoice.
Some will say, shouldn't you thank Kara? Without her fighting for Casey James, he never would have moved on from Denver to the international spotlight he currently occupies. Not necessarily. She could have accomplished the same thing without lasciviously ogling him, without objectifying him, and without creating a season-long narrative that was all about her. She could have stood up to Simon's dismissive comment that it "doesn't matter" that Casey is a good singer. Instead, she turned it from audition to casting couch.
Let's bookend Kara's treatment of Casey -- from the hungry looks and flustered response in Denver and in Hollywood to her glee in dissecting his choice of Mrs. Robinson. She insulted his talent, his drive, his long years of hard work and instead tried to turn him into her personal plaything. No man could have behaved that way toward a female contestant and it was offensive that she was not only allowed to do it, but her "crush" became a significant story line for the entire season. The fact that we're still talking and writing about Kara's behavior around Casey shows just how much she took the focus away from him and put it on herself.
So, no, I won't be thanking Kara anytime soon. Do let the door hit you on the way out, Kara. You won't be missed.