A Minute With: Kara DioGuardi about her return to TV

Wed May 25, 2011 9:59am EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a former "American Idol" judge, singer, songwriter and producer, Kara DioGuardi, made her mark offering no-nonsense feedback to contestants hoping for stardom on the popular singing talent contest.

Now she returns as a judge on Bravo's new show "Platinum Hit", which debuts on May 30. The series offers a glimpse into the world of emerging singer-songwriters on their journey to become the next big hit maker and offers a $100,000 cash prize and a record publishing deal.

DioGuardi spoke to Reuters about the show, songwriting and a famous 2009 bikini stunt on national television.

Q: What can viewers expect when tuning into "Platinum Hit?"

A: "The show is completely different since it's not about performing. It's about the song. And it's about the people that write that song. This is a show about finding the next great songwriting talent and looking into the process of songwriting, which I think is going to be very interesting."

Q: When you were on 'American Idol' there was a lot of chatter about you. Were you surprised at the fan's reaction to you joining the show?

A: "Not really, because I think they didn't quite understand my role. Some thought I was there to take over Paula's role and they didn't understand that I was in the music business. When I first got the job, I said, 'Why do you need a fourth judge?' It was completely puzzling to me. I can only imagine what it was like for the American people."

Q: Do you prefer collaborating with other songwriters or writing solo?   Continued...

<p>Head judge Kara DioGuardi answers a question at the Bravo panel for the show "Platinum Hit" during the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>