Kara DioGuardi resurfaces as judge for Bravo’s songwriting competition Going Platinum

Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will be the head judge for Bravo’s Going Platinum, which will be hosted by Jewel. The show, a renamed version of the singer/songwriter competition Hitmakers that the network announced last spring, is more Top Chef than Idol.

The series will debut next year and Bravo says it will “follow 12 musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive,” and the show will also include their “intimate life stories and personal drama will unfold within the show and in their lyrics as they compete and live together.” The winner gets $100,000 and a publishing deal with Sony and a recording deal with RCA/Jive.

Hilariously, Bravo’s press release has a 190-word bio on Kara, but there are two words missing from it: American Idol, her former job. Instead, it focuses on her songwriting career.

In her probably publicist-written press release quote, Kara said, “Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent. 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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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