January 21st, 2011
06:17 PM ET
Yes, Kara DioGuardi does plan on watching “American Idol” this season.
There don’t appear to be any hard feelings for the former judge who has now moved on to a new show. DioGuardi will be a judge on Bravo’s new show, “Platinum Hit,” which she told CNN gives a realistic look into the business of songwriting.
“It’s a process show, Bravo does those really well,” DioGuardi said. “And, of course, there is drama.”
The new series will be hosted by fellow songwriter and pop star, Jewel, who DioGuardi sais she’s had a blast working with. There will be challenges – like writing a dance anthem – and DioGuardi said her new show has a definite advantage over the old.
“It’s not live, which is really great,” she said. “I love being able to say something and then go back and correct it. On ‘Idol’ you would say something and then go ‘Why did I say that’ but by then they were on to the next judge.”
DioGuardi said she also loves that she can mentor contestants on “Platinum Hit.” She has had a massive career writing hit songs for stars including “Idol” alum Kelly Clarkson. DioGuardi said she believes if fans may have received her better on the hit Fox show had they been better versed in her experience.
“It was just unfortunate at times that [‘Idol’ fans] didn’t know where I came from, why I was picked, or even why they needed a fourth judge,” she said.
DioGuardi has written an autobiography titled, “A Hell of a High Note,” which is slated for release in the Spring and she said she’s been getting back to songwriting – working in Nashville and on a planned project with Adam Levine.
A lucky songwriter will get the chance to learn from DioGuardi’s expertise. She is working with Folgers coffee for their jingle contest where a winner will receive $25,000, a chance to be in a commercial and a mentoring session with DioGuardi.
It’s a lot to juggle, but DioGuardi has clearly moved on from her “Idol” chair. She said she even offered new judge, Steven Tyler a bit of advice.
“I told him it’s fun, you’ve got to have fun with it and just be yourself because you are so charismatic and who wouldn’t love you,” DioGuardi said she told Tyler. “I think part of what makes ‘Idol’ so great is that it’s unpredictable.”
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