Kara DioGuardi is writing a memoir: Five topics we want her to address!

kara-dioguardiImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesShe won’t be on your TV screens when American Idol returns for its tenth season in January, but Kara DioGuardi will be coming to bookstores everywhere shortly thereafter. A spokesperson for It Books (a division of HarperCollins) confirms with EW that the songwriter/TV personality’s memoir, A Helluva High Note, will hit shelves on April 26, 2011. (The news was first reported by Radar earlier today.) The tome won’t only cover DioGuardi’s two-season stint on Idol, but also “her life and career as a producer, songwriter and artist,” according to an It Books publicist. Fair enough. But as a relentless critic of DioGuardi’s performance during Idol‘s eighth season who grew to rather appreciate her during season 9, here are five topics I’m hoping she’ll address:

* Her American Idol gaffes: DioGuardi’s first Idol season was punctuated with cringe-inducing zingers — referring to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” as “early Aerosmith”; mislabeling Studio 54 as “Studio 57″; harping incessantly about “package artists” — and if she’s game (and self-deprecating) enough to tackle her worst moments on the show, then Helluva High Note might just be worth reading.
* The “No Boundaries” debacle: Kara had a chance to help the show get past the “magic rainbows” and “flying without wings” ridiculata and concoct a winner’s anthem that had a chance at radio, but instead, she had poor Kris Allen and Adam Lambert singing about weathering hurricanes and climbing mountains. An explanation is required!
* How exactly she got the Idol stint back in 2009, and more importantly, how exactly she left it earlier this year.
* How much (or how little) Idol producers try to influence the judging panel: Every season, I get the sense that there are moments where the judges are more effusive with their praise of some contestants’ performances (and less so with others) than how they are actually feeling. I’d love it if Kara gave us a peek behind the curtain to see how much of a pre-ordained script Idol‘s producers try to carry out each season, and how much power the judges have to go off said script.
* The real dish on how much (or how little) talent today’s crop of hit-makers has. Kara has famously worked on everything from Ashlee Simpson’s “Pieces of Me” to Pink’s “Sober.” So which of her collaborators have true talent, and who simply has a good publicity machine? I’d also love to hear Kara talk about the most talented artists she’s worked with who have failed to achieve success, and get her thoughts on how and why such travesties are all too common in today’s music biz.

What do you think? Are you at all excited for a Kara DioGuardi memoir? And if you were her publisher, what other topics would you want her to cover? Sound off below, and for all my Idol-related news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.

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  • KC

    I’m surprised she hasn’t done a Playboy layout yet.
    She’s got the bod for it.

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      @@@@@I’d also love to hear Kara talk about the most talented artists she’s worked with who have failed to achieve success, and get her thoughts on how and why such travesties are all too common in today’s music biz.

  • Kath

    PLATINUM. WEIRD. She better address this, because it was amazing.

    • Paulbo

      I concur!

  • nehope

    Could care less about her “gaffes,” just put them down to nervousness that first season. I think you guys were too hard on her.
    No Boundaries is of even less interest to me.
    She got the job BECAUSE of her background as a successful producer, songwriter, and artist. What’s to question or answer?
    Now, numbers 4 and 5 ARE of interest and would be the only parts I’d read if she would really, actually go there.

  • connor

    EW: you know she has had a successful career since way before she came on Idol, right?

    • whatevs

      She should not have, though.

  • Meli

    Can Kara even count to five?

    • MarenA

      its possible. but we do know she can’t count to 6. hahaha

  • Sarah

    I would read the book if she addressed all of those issues honestly!

  • dctoronto

    Given that she is very much a music insider and still a player in the business, I suspect it will be full of fluff and her declaring how great a guy Simon is.

    • Denise

      I agree. She’s not going to talk about any inside Idol stuff I’m sure she has an NDA. I doubt she’ll critize current performers since that will hurt her reputation. I think she’ll gloss over the details of how she got on idol and how she left.

  • Doug

    I’d also love to read what she has to say about Idol winners/runner up’s and how she feels they rank with the “real” artists.

    • Bill

      You mean like her AUTO_TUNE prodigy JASON D E R U L O… lol.

  • luciana

    I’d like to know how she feels about flirting shamelessly with Casey James and objectifying him and then being nasty towards him way beyond what was needed or appropriate in terms of judging.

    • Saphron

      Me. Too.

  • the real wendy

    I think the question we all want answered is: Will Slezak be reviewing Simon’s new show for EW? That had better be a “yes!!!!”

  • Cat

    I’m totally reading this! Kara won me over last season by being the only judge to give good criticism after Simon checked out. Plus, she’s a darn good songwriter. I was reluctant for a while, but I’m a Kara fan now!

  • brandy

    Sigh. I just want her back on Idol.

  • jen

    Sounds like Kara want to cash in while people still know her name. Really, did anyone know her name before Idol, or did it mean much to anyone? Idol made her a household name and she doesn’t want to fade away back into obscurity.

    • Mark

      I know her name before Idol.

  • Steve

    I agree…hope she pulls back the curtain on Idol…I’m sure there’s some dirt to dish. Still can’t believe that they dumped her and kept Randy ‘for me for you’ Jackson.

  • Reality

    I do not care what her thoughts on anything. I had enough of her on AI season 8 and 9.

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