Kara DioGuardi has been ruling the Billboard charts for years as the woman behind the music. Having penned hits for Pink, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to name a few, Kara is one of the most in-demand songwriters in the business today. Thrown into the spotlight as a judge on American Idol, the world met Kara without realizing she had already been in their homes, on their iPods and through their radios for years. Still, despite DioGuardi’s significant contribution to pop, her life story has remained a mystery – until now. For the first time ever on television, in an intimate and personal interview, DioGuardi opens up to E! about her long journey towards success. Helping to tell her story are her husband, Mike McCuddy, her brother, John, her closest friends, professional colleagues including music industry legend Tommy Mottola, American Idol Executive Producer Ken Warwick and some of the artists for whom she has written hit songs including Kelly Clarkson, Jason DeRulo, Dave Stewart and Colbie Caillat.
Keep reading for highlights from the all-new THS which includes comments on celebrity friendships, eating disorders, frightening childhood memories, and life-changing decisions. The E! True Hollywood Story: Kara DioGuardi premieres tonight, October 26 at 10:00 PM on E!
Ellen Degeneres made the announcement official, she is leaving American Idol. TMZ is reporting that Kara Dioguardi is also out (although that announcement isn’t official)? leaving the Dog Pound and Randy Jackson the last man standing. Yo, Dog, that’s hot! Not. Ellen said she had trouble criticizing the singers and in her official statement that the show wasn’t a good fit for her. I, personally, thought she and Simon were the ONLY things I liked about last season. Rumor has it they are going with J. Lo and Steven Tyler to be the new Judges. Yes they have the music cred but do they really have the personality to be reality TV Show judges for 20 some odd weeks? I don’t think so. Unless EM can find someone to follow IDOL next year, I doubt we’ll have the snarky weekly coverage you expect from us, because I bailed on the show.
Let me start by saying, I’m really digging the commercial for Glee and the new Geico Caveman commercial. Now on to Idol, I’m not going to waste a lot of verbiage tonight but I will say it was a real interesting night. It seemed like Adam knows that he has it in the bag and he’s playing it completely safe tonight. I will partially take back what I’ve been saying all season, Adam can sing. But in the low ranges, he loses me when goes into the full on screaming/screeching mode. Each contestant does 3 songs and the script goes about as I expected, only Simon was right in his assessments, I can’t fault him tonight.
Adam opens strong with an amazing version of Mad World and knocks it out of the park. He looked fantastic, had the smoke happening and sounded great. Grade A
Adam’s next song was A Change is Going to Come, he did a great job in the low range but lost his way on the high points. Grade B-
The last song was weird, both contestants have to do the same song written by Kara DioGuardi and it was an absolute train wreck. The song is AWFUL, Adam finally left the Judges speechless and not in a good way. Simon had the gall to say HE wasn’t going to Judge Adam on the basis of that Song, but on his performance throughout the season. WTF was that? Does this mean they are officially saying Idol is fixed, that because Adam blew the song, they are going to rig the vote? They built Kara up all season as this awesome songwriter and that’s what she came up with? For Adam, The Judges and Especially Kara, an Epic F.
Tonight it all comes to an end; well, other than tomorrow night’s results show. The last Idol showdown and it’s all come down to the understated, no personality, weak voice Kris Allen, to the over the top, gay, Broadway screamer Adam Lambert. My money and everyone’s money is on Lambert moon walking all over the milk toast. But not so fast, the American public may shock us all and give it to Kris because they are tired of the Judges over pimping Adam.
Like I’ve said every week for the last 12 weeks, Adam isn’t good – he CAN’T sing! What he has is CHARISMA; he oozes it. I say give the Judges what they want I really don’t see Adam having a long-term successful pop career. Yes, he’ll be hot the first year, but I can’t imagine that screeching he does will have long-term viability outside of Broadway or Vegas. I can see him becoming really huge in those two forums but as a “Rock Star?” No way. Kris, I don’t know where he goes either or even what type of artist he would be. But despite my criticisms, I admire Kris, this is like the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. Slowly but surely Kris has quietly made it to the top 2 out of nowhere and despite all the odds. You have to admire that.
Of course I’m going to watch tonight, can’t help myself, but I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to do a Re-Cap unless something so over the top bad or good happens. I will predict that at some point tonight, Simon will tell Adam “He just won Idol with that performance,” and no matter what poor schlep Kris does, the Judges won’t’ like it. Well, they’ll try and be even handed and will rave on one Kris performance and slam the other.
Oh my god the bad singing Danny Gokey is gone from Idol. I know the judges are upset no way did they want Kris Allen to make it past the toop 6, that alone this far. He’s like the little rabit that could. So the big battle is no personality but good voice KrisAllen verses the over the top, bad voice gay guy Adam Lambert. I’m torn as to who I would want to win. I don’t like Adam because a) his singing is terrible and B) it’s who Simon and the judges have been pimping out since day one. But he oozes charisma, has that it factor and it’d just be funny to have the first open Gay, not only gay but Flamboyant Gay Idol. Then there’s Kris Allen, so boring, no personality, looks pained whenever he’s on stage and has the weakest voice of all the contestants, he’s a sad little puppy who has been kicked around for the last 10 weeks. Clearly Adam is going to win this thing, but I’m glad Gokey finally got the boot and the judges didn’t get the final they have been trying.
I can’t help myself. I wasn’t going to do an Idol Recap until Adam butchered U2s “One,” one of my favorite U2 songs. His version of One was an utter mess, it was slow, screechy, cabaret and what was with the tongue? It was AWFUL. I mean really who would actually buy this crap? Gokey was awful as always with his Terrance Trent Darby, Dance Little Sister, but I blame Paula for picking such an awful song for Gokey. I thought Kris’ version of Apologize was really good – of course the judges didn’t like it because they want Gokey and Lambert in the finals. And enough with the Mac Ads! Sheesh. I have to say Glee looks pretty awesome this is the kind of promo the producers of the Fame 2009 movie should have released.
It’s official, being a critic requires you to be a closet masochist or is it sadist? I always get confused. Whatever the correct word is, I apparently love to punish myself by watching crap that I know is, um… Crap, that I really hate, but can’t seem to turn my eyes away from, especially if it’s free and as easy as sitting on my butt and shutting my brain down. I have tremendous will power when it comes to avoiding garbage movies because it requires a LOT of effort to actually go out to a screening or even see a film on opening day. Ok, not a LOT of effort, but it certainly costs money. But that’s not the case with television, just turn it on, and it’s there in the background while you are doing something else. This is the secret of American Idol’s success. Returning for an 8th season with a brand new fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi who adds absolutely NOTHING to the proceedings. It seems like the Producers hired her as a big F.U. to everyone’s favorite drunk, Paula Abdul.
After 7 seasons and hundreds of thousands of auditions, maybe it’s time for the Producers and fans of American Idol to come to the conclusion, that just maybe, maybe, there really is a very limited pool of talented singers that can be found and Idol has just about reached that nexus. I mean the people that they have put through this season would never have gotten through in previous years. There was the bikini girl from a few weeks ago, there’s the weird Spanish girl and the goofy guy with the hair this week, then the producers have some weird fetish for 16 year olds – girl or guy. And they always have. If you are between the age of 15 – 17, have some poise and can sing barely ok, you are almost guaranteed a spot. I think this is the first season that I’ve actually watched past the 3rd episode, generally, I watch the first 2 episodes and then lose interest until they get down to the top 15. It’s hard to get attached to any of these no-talent, no-body, wannabes. They spend way too much time on the bad singers, doing the lame profiles when you know they are going to end up blowing. Then after spending an hour watching all of these dreck singers, we find out, oh by the way “20 people got tickets to Hollywood.” Yes the bad singers are funny, in moderation, and this year the judges aren’t as cruel as they have been in the past. So if they aren’t going to be cruel, what’s the point of making the audience suffer? All four judges still come across as those annoying “hipster,” kids who think they are too cool for the room and are the gatekeepers to your entry into the cool kids table.
Again, this is when I say Kara adds nothing to the proceedings, other than Paula has been almost too quiet this year. It’s been primarily the Randy and Simon show. In the last installment Kara tried to show some personality and argue with Simon, but it seemed forced and scripted and there’s been no disagreements at all. There are four judges, so they never explained what would happen if it’s a split decision. Of course that hasn’t happened this season since all four seemed to agree on everything. I have no hope that this year’s Idol will be any good, at least talent wise, but it’s a free train wreck, and while I say I won’t watch again until they get down to the top 15. I am curious to see what exactly happens during Hollywood week.