It’s official: American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is leaving Fox’s hit talent contest after weeks of media speculation. “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,” DioGuardi said in a statement. “I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol—it has truly been an amazing experience ... I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!” Fox’s Alternative Entertainment President Mike Darnell said, “Kara was a great addition to our Idol family... She will be missed, and we wish her continued success.” Other reports suggest that Jennifer Lopez is nearing a deal to become an Idol judge, potentially alongside Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and the show's only remaining original host, Randy Jackson.