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Giuliana Rancic Drops the Award She's Presenting to Kara DioGuardi (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 23rd 2011 9:40AM
Kara DioGuardi, 'Giuliana & Bill'Public speaking is a very difficult thing for some people to master. There's something about all those faces staring back at you that can cause your body to freeze and your brain to push the flush lever on everything you were planning to say. We saw it last week on 'Giuliana & Bill' (Mon., 8PM ET on Style) when Giuliana bombed as host of an awards show.

This week, all she had to do was present a Lifetime Achievement Award to her good friend Kara DioGuardi, but nevertheless Bill was nervous for her. We all were.

Giuliana started off shaky, but surprisingly dropping the award turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for her. She got the audience laughing, and that seemed to help her calm down. That and actually getting some laughs for her jokes had to help.

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Kara DioGuardi Judges a Belly-Flopping Contest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:54AM
Kara DioGuardi, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jimmy Kimmel set up another one of his belly-flopping competitions on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). While the first contestants were a little underwhelming, Kimmel got his hopes up when Eddie stood poised and ready to jump.

Clearly, his was the belly to beat, but could he flop it properly? Kara DioGuardi was on hand to judge, while Jason Bateman made sure Kimmel reminded him to jump belly first into the water. You can't get a good splash otherwise.

"I want there to be not a drop of water left in that pool," Kimmel told Eddie.

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Scotty Tells Jackie People Don't Like Working With Her on 'Platinum Hit' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 21st 2011 2:27AM
Jackie Tohn, 'Platinum Hit'Jackie Tohn had a tough week on 'Platinum Hit' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo), and it wasn't even from the competition. Rather, it was from Scotty Granger deciding to step up -- on behalf of everyone else -- and tell her that she's difficult to work with.

He backtracked personally saying, "Scotty didn't say s*** about you. You should honor it that I am telling you what people are saying about you behind your back, whether they say it that they're saying it right now or not."

What a great way to stir up drama. Scotty could have been making that up, but he did it in such a way that Jackie immediately became convinced at least some of her fellow contestants don't like her, and the rest are looking at each other warily.

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Kara DioGuardi to Star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 18th 2011 12:40PM
Kara DioGuardiCurrent 'Platinum Hit' star and former 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi, who left 'Idol' last fall after two seasons on the judging panel, is getting ready to razzle-dazzle New York theater-goers on the Great White Way.

DioGuardi will join the Broadway cast of 'Chicago,' taking over the leading role of Roxie Hart from Christie Brinkley (Renee Zellweger won a Golden Globe for playing the homicidal attention-hound on screen in 2002).

The 'Idol' vet's eight-week stint in the long-running hit musical begins Sept. 5. She tweeted about the thrill of her latest venture, which is also her Broadway debut: "I'm beyond excited."

DioGuardi, 40, is currently on the panel of experts of Bravo's songwriting competition, 'Platinum Hit.' Raised in the suburbs of New York City, she pursued fame as a rock star before finding success as a songwriter for pop artists.

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Carson Kressley Talks 'Carson Nation,' Tweeting About Man Boobs (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:15PM
Carson Kressley on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Former 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' star Carson Kressley is taking his fashion advice on the road for his new show, 'Carson Nation,' which premieres this month on OWN. He described the show Friday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), and also got props on his Twitter skills from guest host Kara DioGuardi, who said she personally hasn't figured out how to use the medium properly.

"I have a vintage Airstream and my own truck," Kressley said of the show, "and me and my assistant drive it across country, and we stop at all the towns that need our help, which is a lot." A clip from the show featured Kressley helping a woman with her "man jeans."

DioGuardi said she was glad that Kressley tweets, particularly a recent post in which Kressley included a photo of his "moobs," or man-boobs. "Oh, I know a guy who has those," DioGuardi said. "Simon Cowell."

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Kara DioGuardi Tells Regis About 'Platinum Hit,' Says Songwriting Is Hard Work (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2011 1:40PM
Regis Philbin and Kara DioGuardi on 'Live With Regis and KellyKara DioGuardi has written hit songs for Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and others, and that's hard work, she said Friday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). DioGuardi might be best known as judge on 'American Idol,' which is primarily billed as a singing contest. But her new show on Bravo, 'Platinum Hit,' is all about the songwriters.

"It's a really difficult thing, it's not easy to write hit songs," said DioGuardi. "And it's Bravo, so there's a lot of drama." That job is made harder with the distractions of a reality show setting. "We're starting to get into some good stuff because, like, two of the characters, or two of the contestants have a little romance going on," said DioGuardi. "In the house they're living in -- where they should be writing songs."

Regrettably, that gave Regis Philbin flashbacks to Thursday's show, when Michael Bolton was a guest, prompting him to butcher 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' making it an off-key, staccato 'When a Man Needs a Woman' that's more a cry for help than a love song.

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'Platinum Hit' Songwriters Get Inspired by Los Angeles in Series Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2011 6:22AM
'Platinum Hit'Kara DioGuardi and Jewel Kilcher kicked off their new songwriting series 'Platinum Hit' (Mon., 10PM ET on Bravo) by showing us how to make songwriting interesting. You do it by putting the contestants into groups and having them collaborate on new songs around a singular theme, in this case Los Angeles.

This gave us four new songs to hear, and while they were all rough in places, you could definitely gain an appreciation for how difficult songwriting can be. Especially in a collaborative environment featuring people with such varied backgrounds and preferred genres.

In the end, Nick, Jes and Karen pulled out a victory with their song 'My City.' It was a little cheesy at times, but we enjoyed their story of someone linking the city with dreams of stardom. Its innocence was a lot of its charm.

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Kara DioGuardi Gets Another Bravo Reality Series

by Chris Harnick, posted May 26th 2011 4:30PM
Kara DioGuardiBravo's gotten a taste of Kara DioGuardi and wants more, apparently.

The network, which is home to DioGuardi's new music competition series 'Platinum Hit,' announced a new docu-series featuring the former 'American Idol' judge.

'Kara' will follow DioGuardi's personal and professional lives.

"'Kara' is the perfect addition to our latest development slate," Eli Lehrer, vice president of development at Bravo, said in a statement. "People have one perception of DioGuardi, but this series will peek behind the curtain and reveal much more interesting and multi-faceted aspects of this incredibly successful, talented artist and business woman."

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Kara DioGuardi on 'Fumbling' 'Idol' and Clashing With Simon

by PopEater Staff, posted Apr 26th 2011 4:30PM
For most of America, Kara DioGuardi is best known for her brief and widely dissected stint as a judge on 'American Idol,' and oh yes, flashing her bikini during the season 8 finale. But she is much, much more, as evidenced in her memoir 'A Helluva High Note.' DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated songwriter whose songs have appeared on massive albums by Pink and Christina Aguilera. Besides being a talented songster, she writes honestly about her eating disorder, struggles to succeed in a male dominated business and what she really thinks about Simon Cowell.

In an interview with PopEater, DioGuardi talked about her confusing final days on 'Idol' and her up-and-down relationship with Cowell, as well her own personal struggles. We've excerpted some very interesting 'Idol' related bits here.

PopEater: It's amazing to me that when you were hired for 'American Idol' you got no television training.
Kara DioGuardi: I had nothing. They thought part of that would be fun like maybe I would do something funny.

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Kara DioGuardi Talks Battle With Stage Fright on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 26th 2011 12:00PM
Fans of Kara DioGuardi might be surprised to learn that the singer-songwriter has waged an ongoing battle against severe stage fright. And during her days as a judge on 'American Idol,' she recalled a lesson from her father as a way to fight off the jitters, she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

DioGuardi said her father pushed her to succeed as a child, and this prepared her for nerve-wracking situations in adult life.

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'Platinum Hit': Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield Named Guest Judges, Premiere Set for May 30

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:30PM
Platinum HitBravo's banking on a few big names to help make 'Platinum Hit' a success.

Alongside host Jewel and head judge Kara DioGuardi, superstars Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Donna Summer, Taio Cruz, Jermaine Dupri and Ryan Tedder will serve as guest judges.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Keith Naftaly, a senior vice-president at Sony Music Entertainment, will be a permanent judge during the competition.

The Bravo series will debut at 10PM on May 30.

The winner of the singer/songwriter competition will receive a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony BMI Songwriters the Writing Camp and a recording contract with RCA/Jive.

Check out a preview of the show below.

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Paula Marshall to Play Cuddy's Sister on 'House,' Kara DioGuardi is Writing a Memoir and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 2nd 2010 11:30AM
Paula MarshallIt's time to meet the parents on 'House' -- and the rest of the family, too.

When Cuddy brings home boyfriend House during a January episode, not only will the doctor meet mom and dad, he'll meet Cuddy's sister as well. According to TV Guide, sis will be played by 'Californication' and 'Nip/Tuck' actress Paula Marshall.

Marshall joins Candice Bergen, who's been cast as Cuddy's mom.

In other TV news ...

Rapper Nelly will appear as himself in an early 2011 episode of '90210.' The rapper will pop up when Navid and Dixon somehow get involved in the shoot for his 'She's So Fly' music video. [Movieline]

It's rumored that Terry Wood will take over programming at Oprah's OWN network. Wood, who brought Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray to the air, quit her job at CBS earlier this week. [NY Post]

A suspect in the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen killed himself when police served him a search warrant last night. He was a person of interest in Chassen's Nov. 16 shooting death. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Kara DioGuardi, Jewel Headline Bravo Music Competition Series, 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' Creator Dies and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 1:00PM
Kara DioGuardiKara DioGuardi fans: don't fret, because she'll be back on TV before you know it -- this time on Bravo.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the ousted 'American Idol' judge is teaming up with Jewel for a new singer/songwriter competition series. The 10-episode series, 'Going Platinum,' will see DioGuardi as head judge and Jewel as a host/mentor of sorts.

'Going Platinum,' previously announced as 'Hitmakers,' is currently in production in Los Angeles with 12 contestants vying for a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp and a recording deal with RCA/Jive.

Contestants will have to write and perform songs from various genres. The judges -- including popular recording artist guest judges -- will determine the winner.

"Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent," DioGuardi said in a statement. "I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process."

In other TV news ...

Alexander Anderson Jr., the creator of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' has died at the age of 90. Anderson had been battling Alzheimer's disease prior to this death. He teamed with his friend, Jay Ward, to create the low-budget cartoons that included Dudley Do-Right. [Variety]

NBC is developing a family drama based around NASCAR. The show follows a sibling racing team in the NASCAR world. NBC is negotiating to include NASCAR so the show can use logos, names, track footage and other trademarked racing elements. [Deadline]

Melissa Rauch has been promoted to series regular on 'The Big Bang Theory.' Rauch, who plays Howard's girlfriend Bernadette, isn't contracted for every episode and may not extend after this season. [Ausiello Files]

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Kara DioGuardi Officially Out on 'American Idol'

by Chris Jordan, posted Sep 3rd 2010 11:41PM
Kara DioGuardi is departing 'American Idol.'

After months of speculation of whether or not the 'Idol' judge would return for a third season, Fox issued press release late Friday stating DioGuardi is leaving.

"I feel like now is the best time to leave 'Idol,''' said DioGuardi in the release. "I am very proud to have been associated with 'American Idol -- it has truly been an amazing experience.''

DioGuardi's work on 'Idol' was praised by Fox executives and 'Idol' producers alike in the release.

"Kara was a great addition to our 'Idol' family," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in the release. "I've been fortunate to get to know her well, and have always been amazed by her eye for talent and her commitment to developing and mentoring artists. She will be missed, and we wish her continued success."

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Kilborn's 'Power Panel' Suggests Mel Gibson, Christopher Walken as New 'Idol' Judges (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 9:45PM
'American Idol' Replacements on 'The Kilborn File'As you may have heard, two 'American Idol' judges -- Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres -- are leaving the show after this season. And some of the other judges may be replaced as well. People! We're facing a desperate lack of 'Idol' judges! How can we solve this pressing problem?

Well, fortunately, on 'The Kilborn File' (weeknights, 7PM ET on Fox), host Craig Kilborn swooped in to save the day. During his 'Power Panel,' Craig had several guest comedians suggest possible new alternate judges. Among their suggestions? Mel Gibson and Christopher Walken. (Mel was mentioned because the show needs someone "foreign ... and mean.")

Cool! Mel and Walken! Sort of pretty terrifying. That sounds like the worst/best series ever, but we would definitely at least check it out. Also, during the suggestion phase of the show, comic Kevin Pollak did his Christopher Walken impersonation, which was pretty good. ... But for the record, we still think that this is the best Walken impersonation of all time. We're just saying.*

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