New Rochelle native Kara DioGuardi named ‘Idol’s’ 4th judge
Award-winning songwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi, who spent her childhood in Westchester, has just been tabbed as an unprecedented fourth judge on “American Idol.”
It’ll be interesting to see how DioGuardi, 37, changes the dynamic of the judges’ table, which in other countries already features a four-judge “Idol” format. At the very least, her experience as a songwriter and collaborator with dozens of current artists gives the table unprecedented credibility.
The Grammy-nominated daughter of former U.S. Congressman Joe DioGuardi, Kara DioGuardi was raised in the Wilmot Woods section of New Rochelle. She attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale and graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry.
In the last three years, she has been named BMIâ€™s Pop Songwriter of the Year and had nearly 50 international charting singles, according to her bio. Her songs have been recorded by (deep breath) Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwoord, Marc Anthony, Pink, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Jewel, Jonas Brothers, Pussycat Dolls, Hannah Montana, Natasha Bedingfield, Puddle of Mudd, Theory of a Deadman, Daddy Yankee, Ashley Tisdale, Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Jesse McCartney, Backstreet Boys, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, the Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.
The list of artist collaboartions is actually far longer, but my fingers hurt.