Ex-"Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi gets new TV show

Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:46pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi is getting a new TV show, heading the judge's panel on a contest for singer-songwriters.

Cable channel Bravo said on Tuesday that "Going Platinum" would premiere next year, with DioGuardi as head judge, and country singer Jewel hosting the program.

DioGuardi's departure from "American Idol" after just two years was announced in September in a major shake-up of the top-rated TV singing contest on the Fox network.

DioGuardi, 39, is an award-winning songwriter who has written for the likes of Christian Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion and Britney Spears.

"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.

"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," she added.

"Going Platinum" will follow 12 contestants through songwriting challenges in genres ranging from love ballads to dance tracks. The show will also highlight the personal lives of the contestants.

The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and a publishing and recording contract.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Kara DioGuardi poses backstage during the 9th season finale of 'American Idol' in Los Angeles May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>