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Should new 'American Idol' host Kara DioGuardi be eligible for an Emmy?

August 25, 2008 |  5:22 pm

With references all over the Web to Kara DioGuardi as the new "Grammy-nominated" host of "American Idol," surely you're wondering: What was she nominated for?

Turns out it was a Latin Grammy in the race for 2007 song of the year for the Belinda single "Bella Traicion," a nomination Kara DioGuardi shared with Belinda, Mitch Allan, Ben Moody and Nacho Peregrin. They lost to Juan Luis Guerra's "La Llave de Mi Corazon," which also won record of the year. "Bella Traicion" wasn't nominated for that.

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But Kara DioGuardi has won other awards. According to her bio on Wikipedia, "In 2003, Kara DioGuardi won a BMI Cable Award for co-writing and performing 'Somethin' to Say,' the theme to the now-canceled Lifetime Television series 'For the People,' which starred Lea Thompson, Debbi Morgan, A. Martinez and Cecilia Suarez. In 2007 she was named BMI's pop songwriter of the year for 2006, as she had accumulated 10 BMI awards in the previous four years for having written the 'most performed songs on the radio.' "

Next stop: an Emmy Award? Since the Emmys recently added a new category for hosts of reality TV shows, do you think the TV academy should add one for judges too?

Poor Kara DioGuardi would have to compete against Simon Cowell, who's now apparently running "American Idol" after the departure of producer Nigel Lythgoe. Considering Cowell's sour 'tude and senior rank, she would be smart never to rise above becoming known as an "Emmy-nominated" judge of reality TV, don't you think?

Simon Cowell's not afraid of making drastic changes. He told TVGuide.com that he wants "American Idol" to "be more interesting and controversial" and "to introduce more jeopardy" to the top-rated TV show.


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