Kara DioGuardi moves on from 'American Idol'
January 21st, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Kara DioGuardi moves on from 'American Idol'

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.”

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gas Man Farting It Out

    She farted and they kicked her off the show. they said that the farts are not going with the tune. Her farts were too loud they said and they couldnt hear her sing. Her farts were like pop rocks

    January 24, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. notafan

    I watched a few seasons of idol. But it is dull now without Simon and Paula. I refuse to watch now.... Should have been cancelled ages ago.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jam

    Who is this kara girl i dont know any song she has under her belt.SHe is not hot either idol is better without her. expertise whatever.steve tyler is too old like regis retire already maybe a desk job is what he needs.jlo well she adds the pretty face randy he is still randy shut up randy already.i wish idol didnt take over the weekly program because the other networks dont want to put anything good or cool on while idol is on.

    January 24, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Diane Manley

    We are Kara fans and miss her all of the time. She and Randy had more music production knowledge than Paula and Ellen combined. The show will not be the same quality without Kara. LOVED her response to the ditzy "bikini girl".

    January 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LoJenk


    January 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    @Evel Kneivel:

    Where ya been? Haven't seen your pithy comments around lately...?

    January 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evel Kneivel

    She looks a little like Jwoww. If she's got nice cans, I'll watch.

    January 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ten4

    yeah. it is not too good anymore. i wish it was but it isnt. i have not even tried to watch it this season. where is simon and paula.

    January 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    I moved on from "Idol" years ago...it has gotten stale, and no amount of new judges or gimmicks is going to keep this show going much longer. It's jumped the shark.

    January 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Barry Conner

    WHO IS SHE ANYWAY? SHe is the SARAH PALIN of TV..... SHE comes out of the blue.... is mediocre at best. NO one Knows here.... then she moves on... to a NEW SHOW.... hmmmmm all planned?

    January 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Karen

    Jennifer is compassionate and respectful. Steve was funny and refreshing. Actual singers judging the contestants.....what a concept. Great show. Kara was an asset to the show. Would love to see her as guest judge. Ellen too. Both were compassionate and respectful. Simon was vicious at times. If you folks just miss the mean spirited commentary you can always tune into Nancy Grace.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. ten4

    woooo am idol has gotten bad. it used to be my fav show but with paula gone...and now simon......i just cant watch it. i sure miss the original judges. paula was funny. she always acted kind of stoned or drunk plus she was cute.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzy

    All miss Simon but Jennifer & Steve were a refreshing change. They aren't like Simon and didn't pretend to be Simon. My kids enjoyed the show.

    January 22, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. sagewy

    I became her fan the night she ripped open her dress to reveal a bikini.............I tried to watch American idol and its just not the same without her and SImon. Honestly, my kids watched the show for half an hour and we switched the channel.

    January 22, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. JamieInSanJose

    couldn't agree with you more cathy, and dave. Also she was totally jellous of bikini bimbo from her first year on the show. totally pathetic!

    January 22, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  16. Cathy from Katy

    I knew about all her songwriting experience. I was familiar with her career. She still was horrible as a judge and totally unlikeable as a person!

    January 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dave in Altmar

    "she believes if fans may have received her better on the hit Fox show had they been better versed in her experience."

    She's delusional. Fans didn't like her because of what they saw in her on the show. Deal with it.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |

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