Kara DioGuardi Officially Leaving ‘American Idol’

September 3, 2010 6:08 pm

FOX/Michael Becker

Though it’s been widely speculated about in the media, we can now confirm that Kara DioGuardi is officially stepping down after judging on “American Idol” for two seasons.

“I felt like I won the lottery when I joined “American Idol” two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol,” said DioGuardi. “I am very proud to have been associated with “American Idol” – it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!”

The multi-talented DioGuardi, whose titles include singer, songwriter, producer, composer, publisher, and record exec, has a catalog of several hundred songs, 169 of which have appeared on multi-platinum selling albums.

“Kara was a great addition to our Idol family,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “I’ve been fortunate to get to know her well, and have always been amazed by her eye for talent and her commitment to developing and mentoring artists. She will be missed, and we wish her continued success.”

Season 10 of “American Idol” premieres in January.

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