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!
Noooooooo! Say it ain’t so! Paula Abdul is no more, she posted on her Twitter account last night that she’s through with the show. The producers of Idol treated her shabbily – first by bringing on Kara last year – who added nothing to the show and then giving Ryan Seacrest that big fat contract only to nickel and dime her later. It’s clear they were trying to force her out. What a juvenile way to do it. But I’m glad to see she refuse to put up with it walk. She’s already made, probably a hundred million off the show she doesn’t need them more than the show needs her. The only fun in that show is to watch her be drunk and play off of Simon. There’s no chemistry with Kara and the other two so the show will suck even more this year. I’m not going to go out on a limb and say I won’t watch, it’s too much of a trainwreck not to. But if it’s as boring as last year, I’ll only watch a few eps.
Say it isn’t so! Word going around the web today is that Paula Abdul isn’t returning to American Idol this season. She is, rightfully so, a little ticked off that the Producers are screwing her over on contract negotiations. If Ryan Seacrest can get a $45 million contract, certainly Paula should be getting at least $60 million. She’s more “vital” to the show than Seacrest. The Producers have opened a big can of worms by paying Seacrest that kind of money, because I’m sure Randy Jackson is looking around saying, “hey, what about a bone for the dog?” While everyone is saying she’s not coming back, it’s just not going to happen, Paula’s coming back with a ridiculous contract and Simon Cowell‘s contract will be even more jaw dropping. Auditions start in a month so we’ll probably know for sure by the end of next week what’s going on.
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.
I’ve whined and complained all season about how obviously Idol is fixed and every since the top 13 it’s been clear that the judges wanted a Adam vs. Gokey final. Now the folks at EW have a quote from Simon Cowell that proves my point, the Fix is in, there’s no point in even bothering to watch tonight. I’ve always made it clear how much I hate reality television but between crap like The Apprentice and the obvious fixing on Idol, I don’t know why people continue to support “Reality” television.
“I’d love [Adam] in the finale but really with Danny, because Kris is a nice guy, but he’s not a good enough singer to compete with Adam,” said Cowell during an interview broadcast on Fox News’ Fox & Friends morning show on Tuesday. “The only one who can compete with Adam on vocals is Danny.” Here’s the full story.
Also here are the spoilers for the Judges Picks tonight – seem like it’s going to be an awful show -
Kris Allen – Apologize, selected by Randy and Kara
Adam Lambert – U2′s “One” or Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” selected by Simon
Danny “Douchebag, No Talent” Gokey – Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Dance Little Sister”, selected by Paula
American Idol was hot tonight. This is all I’ve been asking for the last ten weeks – fun! And it took Rock night to give it to us. It started with really liked the duet with Kris Allen and Danny Gokey – for the first time Kris Allen showed a lot of personality and Danny didn’t annoy me. I was confused at first (because I wasn’t really paying attention to Idol tonight) so I when I looked up and saw the duet I was like, huh? Whaa? But it worked really well. Simon’s comment about Danny being better ticked me off – Simon just can’t help pushing Danny no matter how ridiculous he sounds.
I’m thoroughly convinced that if people didn’t actually watch Adam perform and just listen to the vocals everyone would hate him just as much as I do. I wasn’t paying attention in the beginning and thought he sucked, but then when I actually watched him it was like “Wow” he’s awesome. He did work that Zepplin song and was kicking it in the Elvis black leather. Judges ate it up with a spoon and was ready to anoint Adam right, then and there.
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.