By Mike Bruno
Updated July 30, 2009 at 07:06 PM EDT

People reports that American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will return for the show’s upcoming ninth season. It will be her second year at the judges’ table alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul, who is publicly negotiating her own return to Idol. When contacted by EW about reports of a DioGuardi deal, a Fox rep said the network has no comment.