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Kara DioGuardi, Jewel sign on for 'Going Platinum', a songwriting reality show

10/26/2010 by Corinne Heller

Kara DioGuardi in a promotional video for 'American Idol'. (Photo courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX)Kara DioGuardi, who left American Idol earlier this year, is set to judge a new show that is tentatively called Going Platinum, a songwriting contest series that will debut with 10 episodes on Bravo in 2011.

Pop artist Jewel, known for hits such as "Foolish Games" and "You Were Meant For Me," will also give her feedback to contestants and mentor them as they compete for a record and publishing deal as well as a prize of $100,000.

The show will "follow 12 musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive," Bravo said in a statement.

"From dance track to love ballad, every episode will feature a different theme that will require the contestants to write and perform lyrics from multiple genres," it said. "Their intimate life stories and personal drama will unfold within the show and in their lyrics as they compete and live together."

DioGuardi is an award-winning songwriter who has 15 BMI awards and several Grammy awards. She has co-written songs with Kara has co-written with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Pink, American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Faith Hill.

"Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent," DioGuardi said in a statement. 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.

DioGuardi announced in September she will not return as a judge on American Idol in the upcoming 10th season without specifying why. The show has undergone a shake-up following declining ratings and the departure of longtime juge Simon Cowell following its ninth season finale.

Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and returning judge Randy Jackson have been named as the new members of American Idol's judges panel.

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