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Kara DioGuardi on Platinum Hit's Bad Singing Problem, Plans for More Post-Idol TV

Jewel, Kara DioGuardi

So far, watching Bravo's songwriting competition Platinum Hit hasn't been easy on the ears — and judge Kara DioGuardi knows it.

Sure, viewers sit through season after season of God-awful warbling on DioGuardi's old show American Idol, but on Platinum Hit, contestants are not only shaky singers, they're all performing their own half-baked, unproven material. In the first episode, one hopeful, Sonyae, screamed her hook for an original song about Los Angeles — refrain: "LOVE IT OR HATE IT! LOVE IT OR HATE IT! LOVE IT OR HATE IT I LOVE LAAAAA!" -- and it was pretty much a train wreck until DioGuardi named it the challenge winner!

"When I saw it as a viewer, I thought, 'Oh yeah, people are going to think we're out of our minds,'" DioGuardi says... read more

Top Moments: Jon Stewart's Delicious Rant, The Voice's Fatal Kiss and an Uncertain Weiner

The Daily Show, Jon Stewart

Our top moments of the week:

11. Worst Call for Help: On the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa goes over to Jacqueline's house for help writing a letter to Teresa's brother, Joe. Unfortunately, pretty much all of Jacqueline's advice falls on deaf ears, as Teresa tells her, "You really don't know ... it's between me and my brother," and then proceeds to overstay her welcome by a few hours. Don't you have your own McMansion for this sort of thing?

10. Worst Plagiarism:
During Platinum Hit's song hook challenge (its version of a Top Chef quickfire), Nevin whips up a... read more

Matt's Picks: May 30-June 2

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Gettysburg (History, 9/8c, Monday)
Launching a four-year project to commemorate the Civil War, which is marking its 150th anniversary this year, History has commissioned action producers Tony and Ridley Scott to produce a two-hour feature documentary about one of the war's most legendary and costly battles. Airing on the night of Memorial Day, Gettysburg fuses CGI and action footage designed to render the conflict as real as... read more

Jewel on the Natural Drama and Authenticity of Platinum Hit

Jewel

What Project Runway did for fashion and Top Chef for food, Bravo's Platinum Hit (premiering Monday, 10/9c) does for music. In this case, the tried-and-true template of contestants rushing to jump through hoops for the sake of their aspirations feels even more immediate: unlike clothes you can't wear and touch or food you can't taste and smell, you can hear loud and clear the tunes these competing songwriters drum up per the show's challenges. What you hear is what you get, just as you're supposed to.

We spoke with the show's host Jewel...
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Bravo Working on Another Reality Series for Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi, Platinum Hit

Bravo just can't get enough of Kara DioGuardi.

Mere days before the Memorial Day premiere of her new reality competition show, Platinum Hit, the network announced that they're developing a docu-series revolving around her life.

Kara (working title) will follow the former American Idol judge as she gives insight into her life as music producer and publisher, multi-platinum songwriter and record executive. No word if there will be bikinis involved.

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USA Network Unveils Upcoming Projects From Kara DioGuardi, Nathan Lane and 11 More

Nathan Lane, Kara DioGuardi

Nathan Lane and Kara DioGuardi are heading to USA Network as part of a programming slate that includes 13 projects, the network announced on Monday.

 

"After five years as the No. 1 cable network, our development goal must be not only to do great new shows with original voices, but also to push the envelope of audience expectations," Jeff Wachtel, co-president said in a statement.  Co-president Chris McCumber added, "Developed strategically through our brand lens, this diverse roster represents the network's introduction of more provocative, innovative original programming than ever before."

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Kara DioGuardi Sued for $250,000 Over Car Accident

Kara Dio Guardi

Kara DioGuardi is being sued for $250,000 over a car accident she wasn't even present for, TMZ reports.

Joel Postorino is suing the former American Idol judge after he... read more

Kara DioGuardi Reveals Molestation and Rape History in Memoir

Kara DioGuardi

Former American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi's memoir, A Helluva High Note: Surviving Love, Life and American Idol (out April 26), reveals its author as a survivor of sexual trauma, according to E! Online. Among abuse experiences are...
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Stars Light Up Bravo's L.A. Party

Brad Goreski

Bravo has the market cornered when it comes to catfights and tantrums, but the stars resorted to no such antics at the network's upfronts presentation in L.A. on March 30. Instead, they talked up a storm about what's ahead, and it's all good stuff!

Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone, who's starting to ...
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Meet the Cast of Disney’s High School Musical Spin-Off Madison High

Madison High, Leah Lewis

If Disney's new series Madison High has any of the success of its predecessor, High School Musical, then remember these names: Luke Benward, Leah Lewis and G Hannelius.

Benward, Lewis and Hannelius have been cast in the pilot, which begins shooting in March, Disney announced Thursday. Alyson Reed reprises her High School Musical role as the kids' teacher, Ms. Darbus.

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