Kara DioGuardi, husband to welcome baby boy: 'We're praying for our surrogate'
Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter and former "American Idol" judge, and her husband Mike McCuddy are set to welcome their first child via a gestational surrogate and plan to name their baby Greyson.
DioGuardi, who is 42 and has struggled for years with fertility issues, announced the news to People magazine on Thursday, January 17.
"We are eagerly awaiting the healthy and happy birth of our son Greyson James Carroll McCuddy," she said. "We made a personal decision to try with a surrogate. I asked someone we knew, a friend. And on the first try, it worked. We're praying for our surrogate, that she gets through this and that it's as easy on her as it can possibly be, because she's been a gem throughout the whole process."
DioGuardi, who has been married to McCuddy since 2009, talked about her fertility problems and failed attempts to become pregnant via in vitro fertilization in an interview on Howard Stern's X-rated Sirius XM radio show on April 27, 2011.
"I've been having a lot of sex -- no kids," she said. "Bunch of IVFs too. What am I supposed to do? I may adopt. It's really hard. I think, honestly, trying to get pregnant when you're on a live TV show is impossible."
The interview was carried out a year after she left "American Idol." DioGuardi was a judge on seasons 8 and 9.
"I chilled, I gained some weight, went through the process of it again," she said.
Other celebrities who have welcomed babies via gestational surrogates include Elizabeth Banks, who had two kids in this way and E! personality Giuliana Rancic, who documented her and husband Bill Rancic's journey to parenthood, following her battle with breast cancer, on their reality show "Giuliana & Bill."
After DioGuardi left "American Idol," which famously saw her walking the stage in a bikini during the season 8 finale, she served as a judge alongside singer Jewel on the Bravo show "Platinum Hit" and made her Broadway debut in a revival of the musical "Chicago" in 2011.
She also continues to write music. DioGuardi has penned and helped write more than 700 songs, such as Enrique Iglesias' "Can't Escape My Love," Pink's "Sober," Nick Lachey's "Alone" and Christina Aguilera's "Without You."
After DioGuardi left "American Idol," which was made as part of a larger casting shakeup amid declining ratings, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joined as co-judges. They also starred on the show for two seasons.
Ratings have continued to slip over the years. The 12th season premiere, which aired on Wednesday, January 16, with new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, earned a 6.0 rating among adults between ages 18 and 49 and was watched by 17.9 million people -- down from 7.2 and 21.6 million last year.
The episode was the lowest-rated season opener for the show since its 2002 debut, which was watched by about 9.8 million people. However, it won its 8 p.m. time slot.