If you see Kara DioGuardi on the street, you might want to keep the words ‘American’ and ‘Idol’ out of the conversation.
The ex-“American Idol” judge took some flak from the press Thursday for not answering a question about her former show at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena.
In her defense, DioGuardi was on hand to discuss her new Bravo series, “Platinum Hit,” a reality competition featuring emerging singer-songwriters.
But let’s face it, when you’re let go from a Top 10 show embroiled in a major upheaval, and said show premieres its new season next week, and the new stars of that show just spoke to the same reporters two days ago, the reality is you should be game to solicit at least one question on the subject when you are in a room full of TV critics promoting your new show.
“You know what, I am happy to address that with you privately. But today, I’m really here for ‘Platinum Hit’ and to celebrate that,” DioGuardi said, shutting down a journalist who politely asked her to clarify the circumstances of her ouster from “Idol.”
After a hush of boos and snickers swept the room, DioGuardi realized, “You know what, I have to answer that.”
“It was an incredible experience. It really was,” she said. “But I’m here as a hit songwriter and I’ve sold more than 150 million albums, and that’s why I love this show because it helps me empower young songwriters.”
When someone did ask her about it privately after the press conference, DioGuardi told the reporter they could read all about it in the “American Idol” memoir she has coming out in April.
Clearly, the issue still hits, uh, a sour note for the hit songwriter.
And with that, here’s the information DioGuardi does want you to know: “Platinum Hit,” which is co-judged by singer Jewel, follows 12 contestants as they enter the “intensely competitive world of music” and “battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges.”
The winning songwriter will be crowned “the ultimate hitmaker” and gets a $100,000 cash prize, a recording deal with RCA/Jive and a publishing deal with Sony.
If you’re wondering why we need another music competition on TV — and producers were desperate to explain why you do — here’s what they say makes this one different.
“What makes this show such phenomenal television,” said executive producer Glenda Hersh, “is that songwriting is an emotional, honest act…so it makes for a very real, passionate show.”
“And then you add in all the sex and it becomes just a crazy show,” DioGuardi added, in case that wasn’t enticing enough for you.