This singer-songwriter came on the show for seasons 8 and 9. Kara became the fourth judge at the table, adding to the original three. Kara never really found her place among the three judges, but stayed on once Paula quit and Ellen came into the picture. When she left the judge said, "I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol." Apparently she lacked the "unpredictability" that Paula had... I think in the real world that's a compliment?