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Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi


Famous as :

Singer, songwriter, record producer

Birth Name :

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi

Birth Date :

December 09, 1970

Birth Place :

Scarsdale, New York, USA

Spouse :

Mike McCuddy (general contractor, since 5-Jul-09)

Claim to fame :

Co-wrote song "Spinning Around" (2000) - Kylie Minogue's single

Latest News

Kara DioGuardi Welcomes a Baby Boy via Surrogate

February 01, 2013 07:20:02 GMT

After going through miscarriages and failed IVF attempts, finally becomes a first-time mom. The former "" judge and her husband Mike McCuddy are proud parents to a baby boy, Greyson James Carroll McCuddy, who was born via gestational surrogate.

Kara DioGuardi to Become a Mom via Surrogate

January 17, 2013 07:38:20 GMT

Composer and record producer is going to be a mother soon. The former "" judge is expecting her first child with builder husband Mike McCuddy via a surrogate. The couple has already picked out a name for their unborn baby boy, Greyson James Carroll McCuddy, whom they are expecting to be born within the next few weeks.

Musicians and Songwriters Continue Fight Against Pandora Over Song Royalties

December 04, 2012 04:51:13 GMT

The fight against potentially smaller song payments continues for some of music's most prominent ambassadors. As reported by Rolling Stone, five top songwriters and musicians performed at Capitol Hill last week as a protest against music-streaming site Pandora's proposed Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA). The bill could reportedly slash musicians' royalty payments for up to 85 percent .

Kara DioGuardi Sued Over Car Crash

April 22, 2011 11:08:00 GMT

The songwriter's ex-employee, Christina Kline, was in an accident last year in Los Angeles while driving a BMW which is co-registered to former "" judge, . Kline was reportedly instructed to remove DioGuardi's name from the registration when she left her employment in 2009, but failed to do so, according to the star's representative.

Kara DioGuardi Battling to Have Baby

April 19, 2011 11:12:00 GMT

The songwriter, exited the hit TV show, "" last summer along with and , and the trio was replaced by and .

Kara DioGuardi Was Raped in a 'Friendly Dinner Date'

April 19, 2011 08:34:24 GMT

has shocked fans by detailing her traumatic youth in a new book, alleging she was molested as a child and date-raped during the early years of her career. The former "" judge has written a candid new autobiography, named A Helluva High Note, in which she opens up about her troubled past.

Kara DioGuardi Finds Job in Songwriting Contest Show

October 27, 2010 04:14:23 GMT

Former "" star has found herself a new TV talent show to judge - she has signed up to lead a songwriting competition. The singer exited the popular TV talent show over the summer along with and , and the trio was replaced by and .

'Sesame Street' Season 41 Has Katy Perry, Colin Farrell and More

September 21, 2010 10:01:19 GMT

"Sesame Street" has unveiled a lot of videos from their 41st season which is not lacking celebrity guests. is one of them, singing her tune "Hot N Cold" which lyrics are changed to teach kids about opposites. In a bride veil, Perry appears in the clip with Elmo, chasing after him and asking him to have a role-play game.

More 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Photos Come Out

September 04, 2010 02:59:58 GMT

More and more scenes from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" have been previewed in pictures to tease fans. One of the new images gives a look at Harry, Hermione and Ron on the road. Another one shows the title character looking at his reflection in a mirror, while the other photo sees him walking through the darkness with a light from his wand.

Kara DioGuardi's Statement Upon Leaving 'American Idol'

September 04, 2010 02:56:08 GMT

Amid the reports that has been sealed as the new "" judge, announced that she's leaving the post. In an official statement released on Friday, September 3, DioGuardi did not give any reason why she is leaving and preferred to take something positive out of it by hinting that it was her choice.

Furious Sandra Bullock Wants to Be Removed From Star-Studded Oil Spill PSA

July 31, 2010 03:34:56 GMT

A rep for has asked for the actress' part in a public service announcement (PSA) relating to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to be removed until she can confirm the clip has not been influenced by a coalition of oil companies. The Hollywood actress is among a group of stars, including , and , who appear in the "Be the One" video for the Restore the Gulf campaign.

Report: Kara DioGuardi Fired From 'American Idol'

July 31, 2010 02:54:01 GMT

Singer/songwriter has been fired from "" - and is set to be replaced by rocker , according to a new U.S. report. The revolving door of judges on the TV talent show is spinning once again - Dioguardi is said to have been booted from the judging panel as part of producers' ongoing cast shake-up.

'American Idol' Top 3 Performance Recap

May 19, 2010 02:48:42 GMT

"" began the Top 3 performance with Casey James. In the first round the contestants are allowed to pick any kind of song that they would like to sing while in the second round, they would do the judges' choice.

Kara DioGuardi, Colbie Caillat and More Get Naked for Allure

April 14, 2010 03:39:12 GMT

Under the headline "The Naked Truth", Allure presents Hollywood women in their birth costume. Some found the photo shoot comfortable but some thought it was dreading. , for one, is enjoying the concept. "This shoot was less about beauty than about taking a risk and showing people a side of me they never have seen," said the "" judge.

Recap: Top 12 Girls of 'American Idol' Take the Stage

February 24, 2010 04:30:52 GMT

Twelve girls have made it to the live stage of "" this season and they had to overcome stage fright to garner votes from home audience. This is also the first time that judge , who replaces , is seen judging live.

Kara DioGuardi Shows Off Her Bikini Body

February 11, 2010 02:53:11 GMT

As "" begins the Hollywood weeks of season 9, shows up on the latest issue of Maxim magazine. No longer sitting behind the desk, Kara shows off her bikini-clad figure in some playful poses. The March issue which features in the front cover will be on sale soon.

'American Idol' Road to Hollywood: Drama Queen and Teenage Heartthrob

February 04, 2010 06:39:53 GMT

"" reviewed back the past auditions in Road to Hollywood. The last audition episode revealed that there are a total of 181 people going to Hollywood. Soon the show will begin the Hollywood week where begins her stint as 's replacement.

'American Idol' in Denver: Jack Black Clone, Pretty Hair and Bikini Boy

February 03, 2010 04:48:18 GMT

"" visited Denver as the last stop in the audition round, coming up with 26 hopefuls. The first auditioner of the day was Mark Labriola who claimed at least once a day people tell him he looks like . Before he got to sing, Simon Cowell asked him to mention one interesting thing about him. Mark said his mother took him away from his father when he was 4, making them kind of fugitive. Simon then irritated with his questions to Mark about the family. Nevertheless, Mark got 4 votes of yes.

Mary J. Blige Set to Headline 2010 Essence Music Festival

January 13, 2010 07:15:27 GMT

has been announced as one of the headliners at this year's Essence Music Festival. The "" singer, who has sung at the event for eight times with the last one in 2008, will be performing at the annual festivity on July 2 in New Orleans.

Video: The Good and the Bad 'American Idol' Auditions in Boston

January 13, 2010 06:51:25 GMT

On Tuesday, January 12 "" officially kicked off the ninth season with the Boston audition. Like previous years, there were those who triumph with their pure talent and there were those who make Simon Cowell rolls his eyes. This time is no different with the presence of Maddy Curtis and Andrew Fenlon.

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