What Makes Her Qualified To Judge “American Idol”?

You may have noticed something different about the “American Idol” premiere last night. No, they didn’t get rid of the talentless attention-whores, er, I mean competitors. But they did add something to the mix–a fourth judge by the name of Kara DioGuardi. Although I absolutely detest this show, I couldn’t help but wonder about her qualifications for judging the next idol because I had never heard of her before. Now I realize she might be the most qualified judge on the panel.

  • Kara knows how it feels to be rejected as a singer. She abandoned her dreams of being a rock star after experiencing typical rejection. She started songwriting instead.
  • She might be new to “Idol” viewers, but she isn’t new to past winners. She has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks.
  • She was a judge on the “Idol”-like ABC series “The One: Making a Music Star,” which was canned after only four episodes in 2006.
  • She has had more than 39 albums in the Top 10 on The Billboard 200 album chart. Also, she has been awarded 10 BMI Pop Awards, over the last four years, for having written the most performed songs on radio. In addition, more than 264 of her songs have been released on major labels worldwide, and more than 16 songs have appeared on multi-platinum selling albums.
  • Kara wrote Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl,” Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man,” Pink’s “Sober,” Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” and The Jonas Brothers’ “Play My Music.”
  • In addition to co-owning Arthouse Entertainment, a one-stop music-production house that administrates the concerns of 15 other songwriters, Kara is also a senior vice president of A&R at Warner Bros. Records.