Paula And Kara Go Head-To-Head In Our 'American Idol' Judges' Showdown

By Joe DeShano

There's been a lot of talk this year about who's staying and who's going on "American Idol" — and we're not talking about the contestants.

The introduction of singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi to the judging panel sparked rumors that Paula Abdul was being replaced. Now, the season is almost over and the fate of the judges is in question.

Looking back over this tumultuous season of set mishaps, crazy performances and surprise rule changes, we think it might be time to evaluate Kara and Paula in something we call the Judges' Showdown.

We broke this showdown into five categories: Outbursts, Awkward Moments, Performance, Words of Wisdom and Simon Cowell Encounters. Each category is counted as a round, with a winner declared at the end of each one. After all rounds are done, an overall winner is declared.

Unlike "American Idol," there will be no save for these two. Some of our favorite clips of the two judges from this season have been selected, from Kara arguing with the crowd and lambasting Simon for his lack of song-interpretation experience, to Paula's love of accents and giving Simon something to keep busy. It's all here.

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With the enormous amount of material to work with, we have undoubtedly left some out. So let us know what you think about our choices and what you would have included in our Judges' Showdown.