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Kara DioGuardi to Pen American Idol Memoir

Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi hopes to “inspire others to take a chance to succeed” with her upcoming memoir A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love and American Idol.

DioGuardi appeared on the popular reality TV series for two short seasons, exiting the show in the wake of a huge judging panel shake-up.

Are you at all interested in what she has to say about it?

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Idol News: Randy Jackson Stays, Kara DioGuardi Goes, J.Lo Arriving

Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson

After months of waiting, Kara DioGuardi has finally received the answer she’s been wanting to hear: She won’t be returning to .

Although the decision comes as no surprise, it’s taken some time for it to be official. In fact, Kara - who supposedly tried to quit two months ago - has been waiting just like everybody else to learn the news.

“Would you believe, that she did not hear, and still has not heard anything?” DioGuardi’s father said earlier this month about rumors she had been canned. “Her disappointment is that that’s the way she’s being treated and she feels that’s not proper.”

Well, now she knows.

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The American Idol Revolving Door: DioGuardi, DeGeneres Out, Steven Tyler, J-Lo In

Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres - American Idol

On the heels of the news that American Idol after only one season, the entire reality hemisphere is erupting. Today, TMZ is reporting that Kara DioGuardi, who graced the show for two seasons, has been fired.

Simon Cowell announced his decision to leave the show at the beginning of Season 9, sounding a death knell for the series…or did he? Two new judges with serious singing chops have now signed on to the singing competition, and they will definitely change the entire dynamic of the show.

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UPDATE: DeGeneres Leaves American Idol, More Changes Possibly Coming

Ellen DeGeneres

UPDATE: No announcements are expected from FOX on Monday.
UPDATE: Jennifer Lopez has reportedly closed a deal to be one of the new judges.

Will it be Chris Isaak or Harry Connick Jr. on American Idol next season? Could it be Isaak and Connick? Or how about this: Isaak, Connick and Jessica Simpson?

These all could be very real scenarios as rumors about a total show makeover grow.

Prior to this week, Idol chatter had primarily been focused on Simon Cowell’s replacement. Then former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe came back into the picture. Then Ellen DeGeneres announced her departure.

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VIDEO: Kara DioGuardi Makes Her Vote for American Idol Judge


Surprise, surprise - Paula Abdul and have a difference of opinion.

Although Abdul has said rock Bret Michaels would “be awesome” as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell, her

replacement

former co-worker has someone else envisioned for that empty seat.

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American Idol 9: The Finale


Wednesday night was Simon Cowell’s last moment with American Idol, and the night belonged to him much more than the two contenders for the ninth Idol crown. and performed ably on Tuesday night, but only the votes would determine which would walk away with the winning title. The show will undoubtedly crash and burn now that Cowell is walking away…but that is talk for another time.

The Top 12 Idols - including Crystal and Lee, of course - danced out on stage to deliver “School’s Out for Summer.” While Orianthi jammed out on the guitar, Casey James suddenly announced a surprise appearance - Alice Cooper. This was an exciting guest star, but honestly, he sounded quite bad. And I’m a fan.

The evening started out with a fairly lackluster vibe…but there was much, much more to come.

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American Idol 9: Top 2 Perform


The Top 2 episode of American Idol’s Tuesday performances opened with appropriate pomp and circumstance. It is the final week of , and soon another winner will become a recording artist. Top 2 finalists Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze have been highly popular with judges and fans all season, so Tuesday’s episode seemed a guaranteed success well before it began.

This week also marks the last for favorite Idol judge , who has long made viewers love and hate him.

Crystal Bowersox had more than a little trouble getting to the stage at the top of the episode, dropping her microphone and getting re-set by producers as she awkwardly made her way to the platform. The whole scene was really unnecessary anyway - Lee and Crystal did little more than nod to host before heading to the backstage area.

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American Idol 9: Top 3 Results


American Idol’s Top 3 results show began with a montage of clips from the preceding and footage of the contestants visiting their home towns. Only two of them will make it to the star-studded season finale, where one will be crowned the ninth in a long string of American Idols. Along with the title, they will win a coveted recording contract and lasting reality TV fame.

With so much at stake - and Justin Bieber in the house - the show began with a ton of energy. Forty-seven million votes were tallied to bring us the results, which were (as always) tacked onto the end of an hour-long commercial-fest…with a few performances thrown in.

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American Idol 9: Top 3 Perform


began Top 3 week by announcing the home town of each of the remaining Idols. The three finishers have the honor of singing it out to make it to the show’s prestigious Top 2, a season finale extravaganza which will culminate in the crowning of another American Idol.

The Top 3 won the chance to go home at the end of last week’s results night, where Michael Lynche was in fourth place. There was no mentor for the week and not much of a theme, either. The contestants and the judges selected tunes from a large Idol grab-bag of former hits.

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American Idol 9: Judges’ Picks Revealed

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Every year, the American Idol judges hand-select a song for each of the finalists to sing. This year, we know what they are.

Keep reading to get the spoilers, or turn back now and wait to be surprised on Tuesday.

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