'American Idol' Judge Kara DioGuardi

Check out 'Idol's new gal

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    As a songwriter and producer, DioGuardi's songs have appeared on more than 100 million records. She has worked with such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion and Carrie Underwood.

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    Kara DioGuardi, the newest 'Idol' judge gas won 10 BMI Pop Awards for having written the msot performed songs on the radio.

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    DioGuardi of New Rochelle, New York is of Italian and Albanian descent and is the daughter of former Republican Rep. Joseph J. DioGuardi.

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    Idol producer Simon Fuller on Kara: "We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table. She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America's most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show."

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    Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Programming of FOX, said of DioGuardi: "With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."