kara_dioguardi1American Idol premiered eight season yesterday with a lot of awkward moments.

And one of the most relevants was the addition of new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.

But… who is Kara DioGuardi? What do you know about her?

Kara DioGuardi was born on New Rochelle, NY on Decembet 9th 1970.

She´s one of the industry’s most sought after songwriters and producers, Kara DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million records. They have been recorded by Grammy award-winning artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, and many more.

Over the last four years, she has been awarded 10 BMI Pop Awards for having written the most performed songs on radio. From her catalog of several hundred songs, over 264 have been released on major labels worldwide; and over 165 have appeared on multi-platinum selling albums. Kara co-owns Arthouse Entertainment, where she develops and mentors fellow hit writers, producers and artists.

“We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

“We had originally intended for American Idol to have four judges,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.”

Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Programming of FOX, added, “With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more ‘girl power’ on the show.”

And some trivia about Kara DioGuardi

Co-wrote the Céline Dion hits “Right In Front Of You” and “Sorry For Love”.

Co-wrote the Kylie Minogue UK #1 chart topper “Spinning Around”.

Co-wrote and sang back-up on Enrique Iglesias’s hit single “Escape”.

[1999-2001] Was half of the independent pop/rock duo MaD DoLL. Kara’s and then-bandmate Jon Wolfson’s one and only album can still be found at mp3.com to this day.

[2001] Briefly recorded under the name Simply Kara and released one album entitled “Poe” to mp3.com

Sang back-up on Céline Dion’s song, “Reveal”.

Co-wrote and sang back-up on the Céline Dion song, “One Heart”.

Co-wrote many Kelly Clarkson songs on her “Breakaway” album.

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