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Kara DioGuardi

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi ( /ˈkærə diːɵˈɡwɑrdi/; born December 9, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, composer and TV personality. She writes music primarily in the light pop-rock, dance, and R&B genres. DioGuardi has worked with many popular artists; Total sales for albums on which her songs have appeared exceeds 159 million worldwide. DioGuardi is a Grammy nominated writer, 2011 NAMM Music For Life Award winner, 2009 NMPA Songwriter Icon Award winner, 2007 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year, and has received 15 BMI Awards for co-writing the most performed songs on the radio. DioGuardi served as a judge on American Idol for its eighth and ninth seasons. Her contract was not renewed for the next season. In 2008 she was appointed to the position of executive vice president of talent development at Warner Bros. Records, and has signed acts such as Jason Derülo and Iyaz. In 2011, she was a head judge on the Bravo singer-songwriter competition series Platinum Hit. DioGuardi was born in Ossining, New York. She is of Arbëresh-Italian descent and was raised Roman Catholic. Her father is former Republican Congressman and 2010 US Senate

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Kara DioGuardi Sued Over Wrecked Porsche

Kara DioGuardi Sued Over Wrecked Porsche

Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has been sued over a 2010 car accident that allegedly left one man with a terrible neck injury ... but the crazy part, Kara wasn't even driving the… READ MORE >

Kara DioGuardi -- I Was Molested and Date Raped

Kara DioGuardi -- I Was Molested and Date Raped

Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has dropped two major bombshells -- revealing she was molested as an 11-year-old ... and by the time she was 30, she had been date raped by a "fairly… READ MORE >

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Kara DioGuardi -- Fired From 'American Idol'

Kara DioGuardi -- Fired From 'American Idol'

FOX is finally telling people what TMZ told you five weeks ago -- Kara DioGuardi  has been fired from "American Idol" ... actually, FOX isn't using the word "fired," but that's exactly what… READ MORE >

- 1490 days ago
TMZ Live: Montag, Snooki, and 'American Idol'

TMZ Live: Montag, Snooki, and 'American Idol'

We took your questions on everything -- including Oksana Grigorieva's scathing message to Mel Gibson, Kara DioGuardi getting booted from "American Idol", Heidi Montag filing for divorce from… READ MORE >

- 1525 days ago
Kara DioGuardi -- Out at 'American Idol'

Kara DioGuardi -- Out at 'American Idol'

Sources connected with the "American Idol" negotiations tell TMZ Kara DioGuardi has judged her last contestant on "American Idol" -- because she's been fired. We're told the show will be… READ MORE >

- 1525 days ago
Steven Tyler -- The 'Idol' Questions Begin ...

Steven Tyler
The 'Idol' Questions Begin ...

Hours after a judging spot opened up on "American Idol" last night -- Steven Tyler was already in Hollywood taking on questions about Ellen's replacement. As we previously reported,… READ MORE >

- 1525 days ago
'Idol' Contestants -- No Shtupping the Judges

'Idol' Contestants
No Shtupping the Judges

TMZ obtained a copy of the contract every "American Idol" contestant must sign before going on the show -- and one thing is perfectly clear .... Ryan, Randy, Ellen, Kara, Simon, Theodore and Alvin… READ MORE >

- 1603 days ago
Kara's 'Idol' Nemesis -- It Was All an Act

Kara's 'Idol' Nemesis -- It Was All an Act

Andrew Fenlon -- the "smartass" Kara DioGuardi ripped into and threatened to spank on "American Idol" -- now says his d-bag demeanor was just for kicks.The bespectacled brat called into The… READ MORE >

- 1721 days ago
Cat vs. Kara: Who'd You Rather?

Cat vs. Kara
Who'd You Rather?

Reality show host/judge Cat Deeley and Kara DioGuardi competed for face time at the same event in Beverly Hills the other night.Question is ... See Also Liza vs. Arlene: Who'd You Rather? Melinda… READ MORE >

- 1770 days ago
Welcome to Hollywood -- Abdul Threatens 'Idol'

Welcome to Hollywood -- Abdul Threatens 'Idol'

Paul Abdul is hurt, angry and threatening to quit "American Idol" ... like "60 Minutes" wants to snatch her up.It's absurd, but Abdul's manager told the L.A. Times, "Very sadly, it does not appear… READ MORE >

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