Wednesday, January 14, 2009

American Idols Meet New Judge: Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi is the new judge for the eighth season on air of “American Idol.” The songwriter, who is now 38, tried 15 years ago to become a rock star. She moved from her native city, New Rochelle, to New York City after she had finished college, but found herself not being too fit for the career she had chosen.
She went from people who were telling her that she was too fat to people who were saying that her nose is too big and the ones who told her she wasn’t black enough or white enough. So she gave up this dream and started writing songs, discovering that she is the best in doing this.

Hits of Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson or Christina Aguilera came from DioGuardi and "behind these scenes" has become like her second home. She will be in the spotlights as a judge for the latest season of “American Idol,” aired on Fox.

DioGuardi is the first addition to the judges of the show, since it started back in 2002. She said that she doesn’t expect everybody to love her once she enters this competition as a judge but that none of them can take her what she had done until now.

The last season of “American Idol” premiered with 33.3 million watchers. And this was the fewest of any premiere of the show since its fourth season. Even if “Idol” remains the highest-rated series on network television, the ratings from 2008 descended 6% from the previous season, according to Fox.

Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox, stated that DioGuardi was chosen just a few days before auditions began in August and that they badly needed someone “who would be credible musically.”