A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol by Kara DioGuardi

By Kara DioGuardi

Through the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy list executive,  profitable tune writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best.  Her songs were recorded via such superstars as red, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion and so forth. yet luck wouldn’t have occurred for this songwriter, artist and manufacturer with no the darker occasions of defeat. Now, during this daringly sincere memoir, DioGuardi unearths every thing she’s realized approximately residing, developing, loving, stumbling, deciding on herself up back and eventually succeeding.  And, in fact, she hares behind-the-scenes tales from her years on American Idol, together with the true fact approximately her departure from the show.  Passionate, extensive and humorous, A Helluva excessive observe inspires readers to discover, advance and stick to their very own real voice.

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I wanted to scream and shout, and text just about everyone I knew, right then and there. Of course, I played it cool instead. Simon told me that if I needed any advice or help to call him and then he gave me his number. ” Or did I? I was floating on air when, several weeks later, I got a confusing call from my agent, who said that I needed to take a screen test, as a formality. “What is that? ” I asked. “It’s just so the network can see you on TV. It’s nothing,” he assured me. To my surprise, this “no-big-deal screen test” consisted of me watching prior contestants on a small TV monitor and commenting on their performances once the producers paused the tape for me to speak.

I looked at him, completely confused, then smiled as if he had told a good joke. Was he serious? “What are you talking about? ” I asked. America, understandably, would soon be asking the same question. Why fix something that wasn’t broken? The show’s ratings were phenomenal and everyone loved the judges. I should have known right then that there would be problems. Looking back, I was naive to think that the proposition of Idol, with all its cachet and promise of celebrity, wasn’t more like having a fully loaded gun propped in my mouth and ready to go off at any time.

Most of my grandmother’s brothers and sisters wanted to make a living from music. It was their passion. But only my aunt succeeded in that goal. There were even rumblings that one great-uncle fell gravely ill with depression because his dream of being an opera singer was never realized. These Pizzutellos (my nanny’s maiden name) were sensitive, and rejection cut them deep at the core. Unfortunately, success in music, or any field for that matter, is about taking the chances, absorbing the blows, and staying in the fight.

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