November 8, 2012 |
As word spreads about friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the set of "American Idol," we at Pop & Hiss find ourselves wondering what ever happened to Kara DioGuardi, the singer and pop songwriter who occupied a judge's seat in 2009 and 2010. (We're not alone, either: Music-industry gadfly Bob Lefsetz recently included DioGuardi alongside Macaulay Culkin and Jimmy Ray in a missive titled "Where Are They Now?") On Thursday morning, our in box provided the answer: DioGuardi -- who prior to "Idol" penned big singles for Ashlee Simpson and Christina Aguilera , among many others -- has joined the academy, teaching a class at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
July 24, 2012 |
Singer Mariah Carey finally validated weeks of rumors that she'd be joining Fox's long-running "American Idol" talent competition show when she revealed to reporters by speakerphone at the Television Critics Assn. press tour Monday morning that a deal had been finalized. So what does this mean for the show that has already seen six judges, including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and multitasking pop diva Jennifer Lopez, vacate their posts over the years? With Carey aboard, “Idol” scored itself a wealth of credibility for its 12th season, a particular credibility it's lacked from Day 1, by doing something incredibly simple: hiring a singer widely recognized for her singing.
July 13, 2012 |
Fox is poised to overhaul its most lucrative franchise after Thursday's announcement that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler won't be returning to"American Idol" as a judge. The 64-year-old rock singer's departure may be the first of a host of sweeping changes ahead for what was until last season, America's most dominant television series. "American Idol" co-judges Randy Jackson, who has been with the hit show since it began airing in 2002, and Jennifer Lopez, who is negotiating a new contract, could be the next to step away from the judges' table, according to sources.
September 28, 2011 |
Songwriter, singer and former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has listed a home in Studio City at $10 million. The estate features a 7,600-square-foot house renovated and expanded by DioGuardi and her husband, home builder Mike McCuddy. The five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bathroom manse, originally built in 1923, sits on 3.5 acres with an artist studio, an infinity pool and a hot tub. DioGuardi, 40, was on the panel of "American Idol" for two seasons starting in 2009 and this year was a judge on "Platinum Hit. " She has written hundreds of songs and worked with Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Pink and "Idol" winner Kris Allen, among others.
May 29, 2011 |
In "Platinum Hit," premiering Monday, Bravo takes the formula it perfected with "Project Runway" and "Top Chef" and plugs in a dozen singing songwriters — which is not necessarily to say "singer-songwriters," in the James Taylor sense of the phrase — and whittles them away weekly until only one remains, holding cash and contracts. You will recognize the elements, even to the way that the demerits of the losers are enumerated in groups of three: "Your song was trite, confusing and uninspiring.
January 21, 2011 |
Season 10 and "American Idol" finally brought in a couple of pros. Whether new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will find and foster an actual pop star or create the ratings-generating buzz of their predecessors remains to be seen. (Wednesday night's opener was the lowest-rated premiere since its first season and was down 13% compared with last year's, but with an audience of 26.2 million, it easily trounced the competition.) But as soon as they took their seats, it was as if the elephant in the room had finally ambled out of view ?