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Kara DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who will be joining the judging table for American Idol's eighth season.

DioGuardi grew up in Westchester County, New York. She earned a political science degree at Duke Universit and then worked in the publishing and marketing departments at Billboard Magazine.

This writer has a very impressive list of clients. She's written songs for: Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears.

Kara DioGuardi Quotes

I have my own style ... I'm honest. And pretty feisty.

Kara DioGuardi

I can be pretty tough at times, and nurturing when I have to be.

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