Ex-American Idol Judge Has New Bravo Reality TV Show

Kara DioGuardi, who has left Fox’s American Idol, will be the head judge for her new reality series Going Platinum debuting next year on Bravo.


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Going Platinum will be a 10-episode competition for songwriters who live together to compete for $100,000. Singer-songwriter Jewel will host and judge, and the show will also have an unnamed music executive judge and celebrity guests.

“Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent,” DioGuardi said in a statement, according to MTV. “I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process.”

According to a press release announcing the program, Going Platinum will “follow 12 musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive. From dance track to love ballad, every episode will feature a different theme that will require the contestants to write and perform lyrics from multiple genres. Their intimate life stories and personal drama will unfold within the show and in their lyrics as they compete and live together.”

“I am excited to be a part of this show because as a songwriter, I understand the dedication and struggle these musicians are going through,” said Jewel. “This series will showcase the passion, talent and determination it requires to become a hit songwriter, and in the end we will find the next big music star.”

Kara has written songs for stars such as Carrie Underwood, Britney Speaks, The Jonas Brothers, and Pink, and she was a judge on American Idol for the past two seasons. New judges  Jennifer “JLo” Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler will replace Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell for the new American Idol season.

Bravo announced that the show Going Platinum, premiering in 2011, will be on Tuesday nights.

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