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By Kara DioGuardi

Through the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy list executive,  profitable track writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best.  Her songs were recorded via such superstars as crimson, 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 instances of defeat. Now, during this daringly sincere memoir, DioGuardi unearths every little thing she’s discovered approximately residing, growing, loving, stumbling, making a choice on herself up back and finally succeeding.  And, after all, 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 word inspires readers to discover, improve and keep on with their very own real voice.

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I should have known to let her take the lead with the ideas, as it was her album. She had all the good ones anyway, especially when it came to telling her own story. I thought I’d played it wrong and left the studio feeling like I hadn’t delivered. In a million years I never thought I’d hear from her again. A little over a year later I got a call from her manager, Roger Davies, who said that Alecia wanted me to work with her on another song. I definitely thought he had called me by mistake, but I wasn’t going to be the one to tell him that.

But my nerves were most frayed when he would tell me in advance that I was going to have to sing. I would barely sleep the night before. Then I’d spend the whole time in the bathroom warming up until they called for my performance. I hated the fact that every event that should have been great fun for a little kid was somehow tainted with anxiety. All I focused on when I was up in front of an audience (even one filled with loving family and friends) was the prospect of messing up. I was a perfectionist seeking approval.

I left the office not even considering the possibility that I’d ever be asked to join the famous judging panel. I was incredibly nonchalant about it all because, truth be told, I had probably only watched one full episode before that day. , producer and co-owner of Arthouse Entertainment, a music publishing company. I never had time for television other than episodes of Law & Order (I am obsessed with Sam Waterston and love to watch him take those creeps down). Plus, I’d worked with a lot of the idols after their victories, and I didn’t want to be overly influenced by the singers’ performances on the show.

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