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Kara DioGuardi Welcomes Baby Boy

2/1/2013 11:12am EST
Kara Dioguardi
Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is a new mother after welcoming her first child via surrogate.

The songwriter and her husband Mike McCuddy are now the proud parents of little Greyson James Carroll McCuddy.

A gestational surrogate gave birth to the baby boy in Los Angeles on Thursday, DioGuardi tells

The 42-year-old star gave her son the middle name Carroll in honor of her late mother.

DioGuardi turned to a surrogate following a series of fertility issues and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts, and she recently praised the unidentified woman, insisting...

Kara Dioguardi To Be A Mother

1/17/2013 2:19pm EST
Kara Dioguardi
Former American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi is preparing to become a first-time parent.

The songwriter and her husband, Mike McCuddy, are expecting a son via a gestational surrogate in the next few weeks, and they have already chosen a name for the baby.

She tells, "We are eagerly awaiting the healthy and happy birth of our son Greyson James Carroll McCuddy."

The pair married in 2009, but faced a series of fertility issues and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts before opting for a surrogacy.

Celebrity Birthdays - December 9, 2011

12/9/2011 3:00am EST
John Malkovich
Happy Birthday to:

Actor John Malkovich (1953)

Actor Jesse Metcalfe (1978)

Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap (1977)

Green Day drummer Tre Cool (1972)

Songwriter Kara Dioguardi (1970)

Wallflower Jakob Dylan (1969)

Violinist Joshua Bell (1967)

Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman (1962)

Entertainer Donny Osmond (1957)

Star Trek TNG actor Michael Dorn (1952)

Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading (1950)

Stargate SG-1 actor Beau Bridges (1941)

English actress Judi Dench (1934)

Talk show host Morton Downey, Jr. (1933; d. 2001)

Screenwriter/actor Buck Henry (1930)

Actor/director John Cass...

Broadway Stars Mark 9/11 Anniversary With Times Square Performance

9/11/2011 8:30am EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Broadway stars brought Times Square to a standstill on Friday afternoon for a performance of Big Apple anthem "New York, New York" to kickstart a weekend of 9/11 10th anniversary tributes.

Beloved thespians Joel Grey and Bebe Neuwirth and new Chicago star Kara Dioguardi were among the stars who hit the streets for the uplifting one-off performance, which featured the casts of "Book of Mormon," "Billy Elliott," and "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert."

In total, almost 100 Broadway actors and actresses took part in the song-and-dance number.

Kara DioGuardi To Replace Christie Brinkley In 'Chicago'

6/17/2011 3:36pm EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Songwriter Kara DioGuardi is set to replace Christie Brinkley on Broadway when the model's run in musical Chicago comes to a close.

The former American Idol judge will make her theatrical debut as murderess Roxie Hart in the Award-winning musical. She will begin her eight-week run on September 5th.

DioGuardi is the latest celebrity to join the Big Apple cast - singer Ashlee Simpson and actresses Brooke Shields and Melanie Griffith have all taken the stage as Hart.

Meanwhile, Brinkley is in talks to head overseas with the role - and take the lead in the West End production of Chicago.

Kara DioGuardi 'Accidentally' Ate Pot Brownies At Paula Abdul's House

5/26/2011 2:26pm EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi once landed herself in the hospital after unknowingly gorging on pot brownies during a stay at Paula Abdul's house.

The former American Idol judge was staying at Abdul's house when she stumbled upon a special batch of marijuana-laced treats and helped herself to six small pieces of cake.

However, the tasty snack soon had DioGuardi calling emergency services in a panic.

She says, "The maid at the time found some brownies in the freezer and put them in the refrigerator... I hadn't really eaten much that night. Six hours later I was like, 'What's going on...

Kara DioGuardi Sued Over Car Accident

4/22/2011 8:36am EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is facing legal action over a car crash which involved her former assistant.

The songwriter's ex-employee, Christina Kline, was in an accident last year in Los Angeles while driving a BMW which is co-registered to DioGuardi. Kline was reportedly instructed to remove DioGuardi's name from the registration when she left her employment in 2009, but failed to do so, according to the star's representative.

DioGuardi has now been served legal papers by Joel Postorino, who claims he was injured in the crash and is now seeking approximately $250,000 in ...

Kara DioGuardi's Book Reveals She's Been Molested And Date-Raped

4/19/2011 8:33am EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Kara DioGuardi has shocked fans by detailing her traumatic youth in a new book, alleging she was molested as a child and date-raped during the early years of her career.

The former American Idol judge has written a candid new autobiography, named A Helluva High Note, in which she opens up about her troubled past.

In the tome, she claims she was molested as an 11 year old and recalls one incident which still haunts her, writing, "On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina. I remember freezing and not knowing what to ...

Kara DioGuardi Shows Off Her Figure At Vodka Event

4/9/2011 5:00pm EDT
Kara DioGuardi
Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi attended Svedka Vodka's "The Future of Reality TV" event in Hollywood this week looking fabulous.

She recently praised the FOX show's new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. She told Access Hollywood, "I think that [they] are both looking like they're having a great time, and they're both really talented and they know what's good and what's not good."

The series had a large upset on Thursday night after favorite Pia Toscano was sent home.

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Jewel Mentors Kids As Bob Dylan Mentored Her

1/22/2011 6:41pm EST
Pop star Jewel jumped at the chance to mentor wannabe singers on new TV talent search "Platinum Hit" because it gives her the chance to do what Bob Dylan did for her.

The hitmaker will join former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi on the new show and she admits that helping budding stars realise their true potential brought back memories of how Dylan took her under his wing when she was starting out.

She recalls, "I was really lucky when I was 20; my first album was flopping and my record label wanted me to make a second album and Bob Dylan took me under his wing.

"He mentored me ever...

Steven Tyler Never Watched 'American Idol'

1/11/2011 4:25pm EST
American Idol
Steven Tyler had no idea what he was signing up for when he agreed to join the judging panel on talent show American Idol - because the rocker had never seen the TV show before.

The Aerosmith frontman was unveiled alongside Jennifer Lopez as the program's new judges following the departure of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi at the end of the last season.

The new panelists appeared with veteran judge Randy Jackson and Idol host Ryan Seacrest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night to discuss the upcoming cycle.

And Seacrest called out the rocker for admitting...

Kara Dioguardi Without Makeup (& Other News)

11/28/2010 3:30pm EST
Kara Dioguardi
Kara Dioguardi showed up to the opening night of Cinderella at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood last night looking almost unrecognizable with hardly any makeup or hair styling. Looks like life hasn't been that great since being dumped by American Idol.

In other news...

"It kinda sounds a little raunchy." Jessica Simpson on what her new married name will be when she weds new fiance Eric Johnson.

Reese Witherspoon will be honored with the 2,425th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.

"Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring" star Dominic Monaghan performed a Thanksg...

Slash 'Disappointed' By Steven Tyler

11/2/2010 2:44pm EDT
Former Guns N' Roses rocker Slash has condemned Steven Tyler for accepting a job on American Idol - branding the move "disappointing" for the singer's fans and his Aerosmith band mates.

Tyler has joined the TV talent show's panel along with Jennifer Lopez, replacing departing judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. Kid Rock recently spoke out about the rocker's "stupid" decision, accusing Tyler of destroying the "sacred American institution of rock and roll."

Slash has now joined the protests, insisting he feels sorry for Tyler's Aerosmith bandmates who now have to work...

Kid Rock: 'Steven Tyler Has Destroyed Rock And Roll'

10/28/2010 1:19pm EDT
Kid Rock
Kid Rock has aimed a furious rant at Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler over his "stupid" new job as an American Idol judge - accusing the singer of destroying the "sacred American institution of rock and roll."

The rocker recently joined the panel of the hit TV talent show along with Jennifer Lopez, following the departure of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi.

However, Rock is fuming about Tyler's decision to sign up for the reality series, insisting the star is making a massive mistake.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "I think it's the stupidest thing he's ever done in his...

Elton John: 'Songwriters Today Are Pretty Awful'

10/19/2010 11:05am EDT
Elton John
Elton John has confirmed he turned down the chance to join the American Idol judging panel, because he finds the show "boring" and "brain crippling".

The Rocket Man was said to have been among the front runners to take over a vacant seat following the departure of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. The places were eventually handed to Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez.

John admits he was approached about the role, but refused to sign up because of his disdain for TV talent shows.

He tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "I'm not a fan of ta...

'American Idol' Finalist Crystal Bowersox Engaged

9/26/2010 5:05pm EDT
Crystal Bowersox
"American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox is engaged to marry her new boyfriend just months after her former partner dumped her on the eve of the talent show finale.

The singer finished second to Lee Dewyze in May and revealed shortly afterwards that her partner Tony Kusian ended their relationship just hours before she was due to take the stage.

Bowersox has now put the heartbreak behind her by announcing her engagement to her new love, musician Brian Walker.

And the new couple can't wait to exchange vows - they are planning to marry as early as next month, according to


Jennifer Lopez Slams 'Sell Out' Accusations

9/24/2010 2:15pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is adamant she didn't join American Idol just for the multi-million dollar pay check - she agreed to become a judge for the sake of her children.

Bosses behind the hit TV show ended months of speculation this week by announcing Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as the latest additions to the panel, replacing exiting judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi.

Lopez is adamant it wasn't the rumored $12 million salary that attracted her to the role, but the thought of staying in Los Angeles for six months with her husband Marc Anthony and their two youn...

Adam Lambert Approves Of New 'Idol' Judges

9/23/2010 10:30am EDT
Adam Lambert
Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert has given his seal of approval to the show's new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler - insisting the stars will make the talent contest more credible.

Lopez and the Aerosmith rocker were unveiled as the new panelists of the hit reality series on Wednesday, following weeks of speculation over who would replace exiting judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi.

And now the new additions have been named, Lambert, who landed the runner-up place on the program last year, has spoken out in support of the high-profile choices.

He ...

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, And Steven Tyler Officially Announced As 'American Idol' Judges

9/22/2010 1:58pm EDT
American Idol Judges
The judges for the tenth season of American Idol have been named, and there are no surprises: Randy Jackson has officially been joined by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler at the judge's table.

The announcement came during a glitzy show hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The judges had little time to party with the ecstatic crowd, as the first auditions were apparently underway soon after.

The new lineup comes after a tumultuous time for American Idol. Paula Abdul left in 2009 after a contract dispute, Simon Cowell has moved on to head X Factor, Kara DioGuardi only lasted two seasons, and Ellen DeGen...

J. Lo's Ex-Husband Told To Keep Away From 'American Idol' Auditions

9/21/2010 8:58pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband has been told not to audition for a spot on the new season of "American Idol" - because he won't be welcomed.

Ojani Noa was hoping to embarrass his ex in Los Angeles on Wednesday, as she makes her debut as a judge on the show, by showing up for try-outs at the Forum.

A spokesman for Noa told WENN he was even planning to perform one of Lopez's songs.

But Idol bosses are keen to keep the Cuban-American away from auditions, according to reports.

A source tells the Chicago Sun Times newspaper that producers are determined not to embarrass Lopez and they've report...

Jennifer Lopez To Face Ex On 'American Idol'?

9/20/2010 11:24pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez faces an embarrassing meeting with her ex-husband Ojani Noa - he's trying out for a spot on "American Idol."

Lopez looks set to be officially announced as the TV talent show's new judge on Wednesday - and Noa could be one of the first wannabes she faces.

And, to make matters worse, the Cuban-American hopes to win over the audition judges by performing one of his ex's songs.

A spokesman for Noa tells WENN, "Ojani Noa wants to show Jennifer Lopez, that, despite the fact that she has called him a no-talent, that he really has talent like her!"

The insider claims Noa is prepa...

Official 'American Idol' Judge Announcement Planned For Next Week

9/17/2010 8:28am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be sworn in as "American Idol" judges next week, according to new reports.

Idol bosses will reveal all about the big names involved in the new season of the TV talent contest during a much-anticipated press conference on Wednesday.

And Idol host Ryan Seacrest has taken to Twitter to tell fans, "Looks like I have some new plans on wed! I will be able to introduce the @AmericanIdol judges panel! We will send u a pic! Can't wait."

Reports suggest existing judge Randy Jackson will join Lopez and Tyler on the show and industry sources have linked music mog...

Kara Dioguardi Steps Down As 'Idol' Judge

9/4/2010 7:30pm EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Singer/songwriter Kara Dioguardi has officially stepped down as a judge on hit TV talent show American Idol amid reports Jennifer Lopez is renegotiating a role on the series.

Talks with Lopez fell apart earlier this summer after both Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres quit the show, but now insiders claim she's interested in joining Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and longtime judge Randy Jackson on the panel.

In a statement released late on Friday, DioGuardi announced she would not be returning for the 10th season of the show.

She says, "I felt like I won the lottery when I joined Americ...

Tommy Lee: Steven Tyler Perfect Choice To 'Judge Karaoke'

8/22/2010 10:24am EDT
Tommy Lee
American Idol producers have struck gold by hiring Aerosmith star Steven Tyler as a judge on the show, according to rocker Tommy Lee - because he'll add a little excitement the TV talent contest lacks.

The Motley Crue drummer insists he'll be watching when Tyler makes his debut as Simon Cowell's replacement on the show later this year and he's sure he'll be a big hit.

He tells, "I know him really well, and he'll f--king kill it. Look, you're judging karaoke, you don't need to be a really super experienced judge for that. But it's nice to have an actual musician in there.

"He's fun...

Report: Steven Tyler Signs On As 'American Idol' Judge

8/18/2010 10:49pm EDT
Steven Tyler
Aerosmith star Steven Tyler has signed on to replace Simon Cowell on TV talent show "American Idol," according to new reports.

The rocker's name has been linked to the program for weeks but Tyler recently revealed he hadn't signed an official contract, insisting the whole idea was just "a work in progress."

But tonight reports that a source close to the "Love in an Elevator" singer says the deal is done.

If the story is true, Idol producers appear to have agreed to hand over a large sum of cash to their new judge - Tyler recently said show bosses would have to "lay ou...

Steven Tyler Still Waiting For Official 'Idol' Offer

8/13/2010 4:00pm EDT
Steven Tyler
Rock icon Steven Tyler has no idea whether he will be joining the judging panel on American Idol - because TV executives have yet to present him with an official contract.

The Aerosmith frontman confirmed earlier this month that he was considering the job after being contacted by producers of the hit reality show to step in as a replacement for exiting judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. He said, "This beautiful girl from Fox (TV) came up to me and made an offer. I honored her offer... and it's just a work in progress. They mentioned it and I listened, and we're on tour, so I gotta ...

Why Is 'American Idol' Struggling To Find New Judges?

8/13/2010 3:00pm EDT
Why Is Idol Struggling
Some critics say that "American Idol" is a halfway-sunk ship -- considering last season's ratings dip, underwhelming talent and Simon Cowell's exit -- and the recent scramble to revamp the judging panel might be the final hole in the hull.

Jennifer Lopez, who was reportedly a frontrunner to replace Ellen Degeneres, confirmed this week that she was no longer being considered. Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Bret Michaels and Harry Connick, Jr.'s names were also being tossed around, but nothing came to fruition. Why is the ratings behemoth -- dubbed by other networks as the "Death Star" -- hav...

Mariah Carey Wants To Be An 'American Idol' Judge

8/11/2010 10:36pm EDT
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey "would love" to join the judging panel on "American Idol," if only TV producers could film the hit reality show around her already busy schedule, according to the superstar's husband Nick Cannon.

Executives at the Fox network are scrambling to find suitable stars to replace exiting judges Ellen Degeneres and Simon Cowell ahead of the series' 10th season later this year.

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler has emerged as a favorite to appear as a judge on the show, while talks to bring Jennifer Lopez on board were said to have recently fallen through.

But Cannon reveals his wife wo...

Ellen DeGeneres & Kara Dioguardi Out On 'American Idol;' Steven Tyler & JLo To Replace Them?

7/30/2010 8:18am EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has quit her role as a judge on "American Idol" less than a year after she was drafted in to replace Paula Abuld.

The funnywoman was hired by TV executives last August to take Abdul's seat on the panel after the singer walked away from the show following eight seasons.

DeGeneres is leaving the talent show too, admitting she wasn't the "right fit" for the tough role because she hated upsetting the wannabe contestants.

A statement from the star reads, "A couple months ago, I let FOX (network) and the American Idol producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for ...

Justin Timberlake & Elton John Snub 'Idol' Offers

7/28/2010 3:30pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Elton John have turned down offers to fill Simon Cowell's vacant judging seat on TV talent contest American Idol, according to online reports.

Cowell quit the show in May to focus on his new U.S. series The X Factor, which premieres in September, 2011. Recent reports suggested the SexyBack singer and the Rocket Man had emerged as Idol creator Simon Fuller's favorites on a list of possible replacement judges, alongside Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak.

However, both Timberlake and John's reps have denied the claims. Timberlake is said to be concentrating on his fi...