Ex-American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is heading back to television as head judge on a new Bravo songwriting talent show, Going Platinum, the network confirmed on Tuesday.
Going Platinum will follow 12 musicians as they write music and lyrics for various genres of music. Everything from hip-hop to electronica will be represented, according to Bravo. The winner will receive a $100,000 prize, as well as music-publishing and recording deals.
Before opting out of her contract with American Idol (or being fired, depending on who’s telling the tale), Kara earned her musical bones as an award-winning songwriter. The newlywed says she’s thrilled to be getting back to her musical roots with Platinum — a series to be hosted by snaggletoothed songbird Jewel.
“Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent,” DioGuardi says. “I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process.”
Jewel and a still-unidentified music executive and a succession of celebrity guests will round out the judges’ panel.
Production begins this week. Going Platinum will join Bravo’s lineup of reality docu-soap and TV talent shows in 2011.