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Kara: 'I Almost Died' After Pot Brownies at Paula's House

But, she notes, marijuana treats weren't actually Abdul's

(Newser) - Paula Abdul once put Kara DioGuardi—often seen as her rival on American Idol—in the hospital. DioGuardi told the story on Lopez Tonight yesterday, divulging that she stayed at Abdul's house for a while—and once made the mistake of eating six brownies a friend had left after... More »

Kara DioGuardi: Producer Date-Raped Me

Former Idol judge's memoir also reveals child molestation

(Newser) - Another celebrity is revealing details of sexual abuse in a new memoir. This time it's former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who discusses several disturbing incidents in her A Helluva High Note, out next week, E! reports. In 2000, she writes, a "fairly known producer" date-raped her after... More »

Jewel to Host Idol-Like Show on Bravo

'Going Platinum' nabs Kara DioGuardi as a Judge

(Newser) - Bravo is making its entry into American Idol waters next year, reports Entertainment Weekly . Going Platinum has two notable names attached so far—Jewel will host and former Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will be one of the judges. One big difference: The audience will have no say in which of... More »

Ellen Out, Kara Fired, Steven Tyler, J-Lo In

Rumors flying on rearranged Idol judge panel

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres is off American Idol —and sources tell TMZ Kara DioGuardi is too, though not by choice. DioGuardi has reportedly been fired, and the show will return to its three-judge format...with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler in talks to join the last remaining judge, Randy Jackson, reports... More »

Posh Not So Hot in Idol Premiere

Sources say Ryan could take over for Cowell; Victoria Beckham guests

(Newser) - American Idol’s 2010 season premiered last night, but if you’re wondering how new judge Ellen DeGeneres did, don’t—Victoria Beckham filled in, and not to critics' delight. From her "crazy" face to the "nothing" she added to the commentary, the Daily Mail cites several who... More »

Idol Will Miss Paula's Crazy Antics

The true reality show is at the judges' table, after all

(Newser) - Paula Abdul “walked away from a multimillion-dollar salary, a gig that brought her out of obscurity”—but it’s American Idol that will smart the most from her departure, writes Jeanne McManus for the Washington Post. “She generally contributed absolutely nothing to the verdict of the talent... More »

Abdul: 'I've Never Been Drunk'

(Newser) - Any interview with Paula Abdul has acres of fertile ground to cover, and this Thursday's sit-down with ABC's Nightline is no exception. In excerpts released early, Abdul calls Simon Cowell a "masterful bully," says there's no tension between her and new Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, denies ever being... More »

Simon, Not Paula, Rubs New Idol Judge Kara Wrong

Cowell, new judge unimpressed by each other

(Newser) - A feminine addition to American Idol’s judging panel was supposed to ruffle Paula Abdul’s feathers, but she’s butting heads with the acerbic Simon Cowell instead. The initial flirtations between Cowell and Kara DioGuardi have fizzled to mutual contempt. “Kara thinks Simon’s a pain,” a... More »

This Season's Idols Leaked Online

List of 36 contestants revealed, some never seen in auditions

(Newser) - Warning to American Idol fans: If you don’t like spoilers, be careful what you search for. A list of the contestants who will perform on the new season has been leaked by fan sites, the New York Post reports. The list includes some surprise contestants whose auditions weren’t... More »

New Judge Tangles With Bikini-Clad Idol

Eighth season starts with a splash—of skin

(Newser) - The newest American Idol judge forgot it’s the contestants who do the singing, busting out her own vocal chops to upstage a bikini-clad hopeful on last night’s premiere, Access Hollywood reports. Idol made sure to point out new judge Kara DioGuardi has worked with such divas as Celine... More »

Simon Cowell Won't Be Able to Shut Her Up

Idol 's new fourth judge 'feisty, heartfelt, and outspoken'

(Newser) - Simon Cowell, beware: Your new sparring partner arrives this week on American Idol. “If he doesn’t let me speak, it’s going to be a problem,” Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter and Idol’s fourth judge, tells the New York Times. “I’m not going into this... More »

Star Gazing: 9 to Watch in '09

Entertainment Weekly picks next year's breakout performers

(Newser) - With next year's big-name film and TV projects (including a new Star Trek and a fresh Tom Hanks movie) featuring some unknowns, Entertainment Weekly lists the rising stars of 2009:
  • Kara DioGuardi, American Idol: The songwriting force behind hits by Pink and Ashlee Simpson will sit at the show's judging
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Judge DioGuardi Is Just What Idol Needs

Injecting youth into talent show bound to boost 8th season

(Newser) - The addition of hit songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge on American Idol is a much better fix for flagging ratings than simply sending irrelevant judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson packing, writes Andy Dehnart for MSNBC. While guest judges in the past haven't had much effect, DioGuardi will... More »

American Idol Adds Fourth Judge

Songwriter Kara DioGuardi to join Cowell and company

(Newser) - American Idol is getting a fourth judge this season, marking what the New York Post calls the biggest change TV’s top show has ever undergone. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join Simon, Paula, and Randy, in a move producers say they always intended. All of Idol’s international counterparts feature... More »

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