« Previous Post | Show Tracker Home | Next Post »

Kara DioGuardi departs 'American Idol'

Kara As expected, Kara DioGuardi will not be seated at the judges panel when "American Idol" returns.

"I felt like I won the lottery when I joined 'American Idol' two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave 'Idol,' " DioGuardi said in a statement. "I am very proud to have been associated with 'American Idol' -- it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!"

Speculation about her departure has been ongoing since July.

“Kara is one of the world’s best songwriters,” stated "Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “She has been passionate and committed to 'Idol' over the last two seasons. I will miss having her on the show, but I look forward to working with her in music for many years to come.”

DioGuardi joined the show as a judge in its eighth season.

--Yvonne Villarreal


Photo: Kara DioGuardi at the Do Something Awards in July. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times.


Steven Tyler joins 'American Idol' as a judge

"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on negotiations with potential judges

"American Idol's" backup plan with Jennifer Lopez not ready for delivery

'American Idol: Kara DioGuardi is reportedly out 

'American Idol: Ellen DeGeneres is out, and the guessing game begins

Comments () | Archives (7)

I started critical review of American Idol in 2005 as a freelance Internet writer. For some unknown reason and starting as a child, I was blessed with a noticeable degree of musical talent. I played musical instruments and participated in local bands and orchestras. I could feel the music and at the age of 5 began to follow the likes of Elvis,Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Johnny Mathis, Jackie Wilson and Frank Sinatra. After writing commentary about American Idol I came to some definitive conclusions. One day the vast audience of viewers who have no background in or the realization of what is verifiable music will tire of the program with the desire to see professional singer song writers who would go on stage with an instrument.Ted Mack was a talent scout, not a judge. This was show not about amateur wannabes but about the vagaries of celebrity judges. After this judge departs we are already seeing the tier level of celebrities change. This may mean that the producers will revamp the show to give adult viewers a chance to enjoy professional music as we did in the 1970's genre of programming.

Kara did more for herself than she did for Idol. She was silly, inconsistent and narrow-minded. She helped engineer the worst season in Idol history. She didn't quit, she was fired, and rightfully so.

Yes Kara, immediately after your firing is an exceptional time to leave.

The second comment is of course is valid but it confirms my premise that this show, American Idol was all about the judges and their opinions and lifestyles. If there are any baby boomers reading, do you remember the brilliance of Sly and the Family Stone doing Everyday People on the Midnight Special. That was technically a very advanced group. There was a horn section behind Sly's odd but enchanting vocals. My other memorable moment from that show was the much loved Jim Croce and a back up guitarist performing a tune that we will always remember, Operator. James brown, the Godfather of Soul used to play that show as well as a new group called the Eagles. We did not need judges then, the music was the pleasure. There are many viewers today that would love to see Nora Jones, Steve Poltz and the Goo Goo Dolls do a half hour and similar acts on a late night format. We need professional music, we can do without hype.

One of the reason's that CD sales are plummeting is the lack of so-called perfect albums and a process known as cherry picking to your Ipod. Let me give you some examples of albums where every track was one that stirred your musical desires. So you could just load it and listen without getting up to skip or delete a song. Bookends, Parsley Sage, Tapestry, Sgt Peppers,Abby Road, Rumors, Sweet Baby James,Chinese Vacation, Turnstiles, Hits, Tea For The Tillerman, Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61, Bad Girls, I do not have to tell you. I took my wife about 15 years ago to see Billy Joel at the Garden and I have attended a Bruce concert there in 1980. All these albums and concerts do not happen anymore. Bieber is going to play the Garden. We do not have anything close in quality today as what we had in my day. Figure out why and we can rebuild.

Jay Adler, You cannot really compare Midnight Special to American Idol. Midnight Specials was made up of total pros who each had their own identity, most of whom had been polishing their performances for years. In comparison, American Idol is a complete amateur hour made up of performers willing to surrender whatever identity they might be developing on their own to the demands of the show (probably the worst part about it, since what AI celebrates is the music of mediocrity) and who too often are people who are more intent on becoming famous than they are in perfecting their art.

There was a comment basically explaining the mission statement of American Idol and why it was not permissible for me to compare Idol to the professional acts on the old Midnight Special. I apologize for not making myself clear. I do not want a comparison made of American Idol to any other entertainment show. I would not mind if Idol hung around for another ten years. That is because, my generation, the Baby Boomers want a profesional concert show, preferably late night and every week. We are not going to watch American Idol, the show is for kids and adults who want to see what the judges are up to and have a good laugh at the wannabes. I was born in1951, at the time the wonderful Jo Stafford song You Belong To Me was a rock cover song. If you were my age, how about a 1/2 hour with Jose Feliciano, Judy Collins and Chubby Checker. They may be a little older but to us they are pros and a lot more satisfying. No judges needed, maybe Bobby Rydell as an emcee.


Recommended on Facebook

In Case You Missed It...


Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: