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It's Official! Mariah Carey Inks New Deal As Idol Judge!

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Mariah Carey Judge American Idol

Well, there you have it!

While it was previously rumored, Mariah Carey has OFFICIALLY signed on to judge American Idol!!!

Mariah will be taking the seat that was once occupied by the likes of Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres and most recently, Jennifer Lopez!!

Mz. Carey is expected to be making anywhere from $12 million to $17 million for the show's twelfth season, with Randy Jackson expected to stay on board!

Now, the search STILL is on for another male judge to take Steven Tyler's seat and complete the cast!

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Guess Who Popped The Question On The American Idol Finale?!

Perhaps one of the MOST emotional moments of last night's American Idol finale wasn't JUST Phillip Phillips being crowned…but one that came as a blast from Idol's past!

Last night's show had its fair share of Idol alum in the audience — including season three runner-up, Diana DeGarmo and season five's pretty boy, Ace Young!

Though they didn't originally find love on set of the hit show, the current couple got close after

Kara DioGuardi Debuts On Broadway

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We haven't read the reviews yet, but judging from the smile on her face, at least it looks like she had a great time with it.

Kara DioGuardi debuted on Broadway last night with her first performance as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Starring alongside Amra-Faye Wright, she tapped, sang and twirled her way onto the ever-growing list of Hollywood ladies to get a start on the Great White Way with a little Hart!

Check out the gallery (below) to see some pics from her opening night!

Congrats, Kara! Hope it was everything you wanted to be!

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Kara DioGuardi Talks About Her Chicago Debut

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We're going to be straight with you girl - we don't have too high of hopes for you. Just because you can write music doesn't mean you can perform it. Here's your chance to prove us wrong though.

Starting September 5th, Kara DioGuardi will take over the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago. It's a pretty lofty role for a debut and to be frank, we don't think she fits the part, but according to Kara, she has more in common with her character than we think. She explains:

Kara DioGuardi To Take Over For Christie Brinkley In Chicago

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Congrats girl!

Kara DioGuardi is about to make her Broadway stage debut in the fifth longest-running production in Broadway. The former American Idol judge is poised to take over the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago for Christie Brinkley once she leaves to take the role in London.

A pretty big role for your debut, and a stellar one none the less.

Break a leg!

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Kara DioGuardi Claims Being An Idol Judge Was "Torture"

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Kara Says Idol Was Torture

Kara DioGuardi, arguably the fans least favorite judge (we thought she held her own!), has written a memoir and recently had a chat with Matt Lauer about the show and how it affected her.

We can definitely understand the daunting task of being the one to "mix things up" on a show that has a huge following and a pretty set way of doing things. We can also understand that people didn't really know what Kara did or really who she was in the scheme of it all, including the industry.

Here's what she had to say about her experience:

“It took the viewers awhile to understand why I was there. It was like I broke up the Beatles.”

[S]he describes American Idol as being “mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging… it was torture.”

“I think they wanted to mix it up. They wanted the chemistry to be fresh. It was really difficult to come into something so established.”

“I have to say I have nothing but love for American Idol. I came through it. I’m stronger for it. I got to face some really big fears.”

Well, we're glad that you aren't throwing the show to the wolves, even it it was torture of you. Having a positive outlook on it is much healthier, and believe it or not — the show did a lot for you career in bring you to the attention of everyone who watched, which, as we know, is a balls-load of people!

Hope everything is going well post-Idol!

Will U be reading Kara's book?

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Kara DioGuardi Tells All About Idol

| Filed under: American IdolSimon CowellKara DioGuardi

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Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has just announced that she will be writing a memoir called, A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, And American Idol.

This should be interesting!

Kara, who quickly became a household name left American Idol after the 10th season under mysterious circumstances.

She now wants to set the record straight and let everyone know what happened. And what life was really like working with Simon Cowell and her fellow judges.

Kara's book is set to come out in April of 2011.

Interested to see what went on behind Idol's closed doors??

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