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.”

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