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Kara DioGuardi appears in a promotional photo for American Idol. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX

Kara DioGuardi writing a memoir on 'American Idol' and career

11/30/2010 by Kristina Lopez

The public might soon have an idea of how all the "American Idol" judge drama went on over the summer.

Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will be writing a memoir about her experiences on the show, according to Entertainment Weekly. The book, called "Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, And American Idol ," is due out in store on April 26, 2011.

The book will also focus on "her life and career as a producer, songwriter and artist," It Books, which is publishing the memoir, told the magazine.

DioGuardi confirmed in September that would not return as a judge on the reality show after 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," the network quoted DioGuardi as saying, without detaining the reasons for her departure.

On September 22, it was announced that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez would join Randy Jackson as "American Idol" judges after weeks of speculation. The shake-up comes after the departures of Simon Cowell, who left to begin his new reality series "The X Factor," and Ellen DeGeneres.

Kara DioGuardi, who is an award-winning songwriter who has 15 BMI awards and several Grammy awards, will have her hands full judging a new show 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.

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