Kara DioGuardi


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  • Birth Name: Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
  • Birth Place: New York
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/09/1970
  • Profession: Songwriter; producer; singer; reality competition judge
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American Idol: Is Mariah Carey Too Nice?

It's not uncommon for American Idol viewers to witness nervous delivery, a lack of self-confidence and awkward pandering on the show. Unfortunately, this season, much of that has come from the judges' table — or more specifically, from Mariah Carey. Who would have thought that someone who's built an entire public persona around being a capital-D Diva would suddenly turn into a shrinking violet when faced with a group of young aspiring singers?

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Kara DioGuardi and Husband Welcome Their First Child

Here's news to sing about — or maybe write a song about? Ex-American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi is a new mom, People reports.

DioGuardi, 42, and her husband, Mike McCuddy, welcomed son Greyson James through...read more

Kara DioGuardi Expecting Her First Child

Kara DioGuardi and her husband Mike McCuddy are expecting their first child via gestational surrogate, People reports.read more


Magic Poop Stick
A Farm Upstate
Kara DioGuardi Talks 'American Idol' Rumors
Closed for the Night

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The Finale
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TV Listings



Year Title Description
2011 Big Morning Buzz Live: Episode Episode, Guest
2011 Platinum Hit TV Show Series, Judge
2010 CMT Music Awards TV Show Series, Appearing
2006 The One TV Show Series, Judge
2002 American Idol TV Show Series, Judge

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Steven Tyler Exits American Idol After Two Seasons

Steven Tyler is walking this way and right out the door at American Idol. The Aerosmith lead singer has decided to leave the judges panel of the singing competition after two seasons, Fox announced Thursday.

"After some long... hard... thoughts... I've decided it's time for me to... read more

Platinum Hit Winner Sonyae Elise on the Secret of Making Pop Music

Sonyae Elise was the queen of concepts on Platinum Hit, and her status took her all the way to victory in the songwriting competition. She repeatedly impressed judges with her clever wordplay ("Love Me to Life" was among her praised tracks) and keen understanding of what makes a pop song work. The 22-year-old winner was able to defeat even the most musically trained of her competitors, despite not playing an instrument herself. 

Below, she discusses her victory, her prizes (which include a publishing deal with Sony and the Writers Camp, as well as a record deal with RCA/Jive), opening up on national television and her secret to understanding pop music so well...
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Platinum Hit's Johnny Marnell on Reality TV Contrivance and Real Relationships

Until he was eliminated on last week's Platinum Hit (Fridays, 8/7c, Bravo), Johnny Marnell seemed like the show's front-runner. But a song that was deemed a "miss" and an onstage showdown with antagonist Nick ultimately led to Marnell's demise. Below, he discusses his elimination (which, months after filming, he still disagrees with) as well as former castmate Melissa's allegation that Johnny's on-screen relationship with Nick was merely a "show-mance." That's not true, says Johnny, but doesn't mean you should believe everything you see on reality TV...
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Platinum Hit's Melissa Rapp on Reality TV's "Experiment in Human Behavior"

Once again, the contestant sent packing on this week's Platinum Hit (Mondays, 10/9c, Bravo) was the one who had contributed the least. At least that's what we were led to believe: according to Melissa Rapp, it was simply her time to go, and she couldn't hang on because she didn't bring the strategy that reality TV calls for.

Below, she shares her naive involvement in the genre, and her surprise at the machinations that were taking place all around her (alleging that Nick's attitude is a pose and that Jes and Johnny's relationship is contrived). While the narrative that goes "hindsight is 20/20" is common, especially for those chewed up and spit out by reality TV, Rapp articulates her experience particularly well, especially for someone who left a show about writing so early...
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Platinum Hit's Amber Ojeda: I Have a Personality, I Swear to God

Amber Ojeda knew that this week's Platinum Hit rapping challenge would pose a problem for her, but given her emotional outpouring upon her elimination, she didn't know how much of a problem it would be. Criticized for not contributing enough and also for the supposedly small amount she did contribute (guest judge Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, for example hated her line that described "running rhymes through my head in my canopy bed") to Jackie's embarrassing rap about being white, Ojeda left the competition in tears and doubt. Below, she talks about getting her confidence back, how Kara DioGuardi offended her, Nick's lechery and why she thinks the warzone vibe of the show is counterproductive...
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