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So, Who Is Kara DioGuardi (New American Idol Judge)?

January 13, 2009

I’m not the biggest fan of the show, but I have seen it more than a few times. I loved the season with Carrie Underwood 🙂

So people keep asking me, who is Kara DioGuardi?

Well, MTV has a short article on her and I thought that I would share it with you.

From MTV:

We all know Simon Cowell has produced dozens of successful TV shows, Paula Abdul had her pop-star and Laker Girl days, and Randy Jackson won’t let us forget who he’s worked with (Mariah Carey, Journey … the list goes on).

But who is Kara DioGuardi and why was she picked to be the fourth judge on “American Idol”? Here are some things you should know about DioGuardi — from the singer/songwriter herself — before settling in for tonight’s two-hour premiere:

She Knows Her Way Around a Diva
“I’ve worked with a lot of these singers that are out there that are great, from Christina to Pink to Celine Dion. I’ve been in the studio with them when they’ve actually recorded songs that we’ve co-written. And I’ve worked very closely with them in both listening to how they interpret the songs we’ve written and giving them guidance and support.”

She’s Still Hard at Work on Non-”Idol” Business
“I haven’t slept today. I was working with Colbie Caillat in Hawaii, so I’ve been up almost 48 hours now. She’s just great. I love her voice. To listen to her sing is such a pleasure, and she has such a great tonal quality and such emotion in her voice.”

She Had a Hand in Kelly Clarkson’s Biggest Album
“I had a very close relationship with Kelly. I co-wrote six songs on
Breakaway and co-produced ‘Walk Away.’ I love Kelly, because I could just sing anything or tell her to sing anything, and she could sing it. She was feisty. She put her personality into the songs, and for the style of writing that I was doing at the time, that rock/pop angsty stuff, she was just perfect. And she was great to co-write with, and I had an incredible experience with her.”

She’s Dying to Work With Daughtry
“I really like Daughtry. I would love to co-write with him. At one point, it looked like he was going to do a duet on a song that I had written, but it never happened. So, if he’s out there and he wants to do a co-write, please call me!”

She Already Has Her Signature “Idol” Line
“I would say right now my line that I would tell these kids is ‘Be you. Don’t try to be anybody but you.’ ”


American Idol Adds Fourth Judge

August 25, 2008

It was announced today that grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi is joining American Idol as a judge for its eighth season which begins in January 2009. DioGuardi has written songs for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Santana and Faith Hill.

From the Associated Press:

Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will sit alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when the eighth season of “American Idol” premieres in January, the Fox network said Monday.

“For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges’ table,” said Mike Darnell, president, alternative programming of Fox, in a statement.

“With Kara by her side, Paula has some backup and now there is going to be a lot more `girl power’ on the show,” Darnell said.

“We are turning the heat up on `Idol’ this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller in a statement. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

I’m not really a huge fan of the show, except for the season when Carrie Underwood performed, but it is definitely a pop culture phenomenon. Let’s hope that the addition of DioGuardi will help ease the load on Ms. Abdul. Thoughts?