By Kara DioGuardi
Through the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy checklist executive, profitable track writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best. Her songs were recorded through such superstars as purple, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion and so on. yet luck wouldn’t have occurred for this songwriter, artist and manufacturer with out the darker instances of defeat. Now, during this daringly sincere memoir, DioGuardi finds every thing she’s discovered approximately residing, developing, loving, stumbling, opting for herself up back and finally 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, huge and humorous, A Helluva excessive observe inspires readers to discover, advance and keep on with their very own actual voice.
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Thankfully, God doesn’t answer all of our prayers. At around age nine or ten, I made the transition from wanting to be a singer to being a totally obsessed consumer of pop music. I found my first Top 40 station where all the big hits were played. It was on this station each weekend that Casey Kasem hosted the Top 40 countdown. I would wait by my tape recorder armed with a blank cassette, ready to hear my favorite songs after the ridiculously long commercial breaks. Church always overlapped with the last few hits in the countdown, so I would beg my parents to tune in on the way to mass.
And the final push that spurred me to make this leap of faith occurred while house-sitting for a professor named Kristine Stiles. Ms. Stiles had entrusted the well-being of her two cats to my longtime friend Anne while she was away, meaning that Anne was to stay at Ms. Stiles’s house to watch, feed, and play with them. Anne had neglected to mention her violent allergies to cats for fear that it would affect her good graces with the professor. Hence, without Ms. Stiles’s knowledge, I got the job, and it was a good thing I did.
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 can only imagine what I looked like straining to hear and see them on the tiny screen.
A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol by Kara DioGuardi