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 song writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best.  Her songs were recorded by way of such superstars as crimson, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion etc. yet good fortune 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 discovered approximately dwelling, growing, loving, stumbling, identifying 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, broad and humorous, A Helluva excessive be aware inspires readers to discover, enhance and persist with their very own actual voice.

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Due to the circumstances, I’d tried to get our money back, but clearly they saw that coming because they never took any of my calls. Dolores Cardelucci was different. She had a real gift. She scared the hell out of me when I first met her. As you can tell by her name, she was Italian. And she was seriously off-putting at first. She almost barked at you until she read your present and future circumstances. Once she had a sense of what was going on in your life, she softened and was lovely. Paula went in for a session and came out saying that Dolores thought she was too emotional for a full reading, but that she was going to be on a television show shortly and her career would be hotter than ever.

I have only felt that sick to my stomach two times in my life. Once when my mother was undergoing a six-hour surgery to treat ovarian cancer and I was anxiously waiting outside the OR for the doctors to tell me if she would live or die; and then again when I broke up with my former boyfriend whom I thought I would marry someday. ) Here it was again. That “Will I ever get through this? Am I going to collapse? ” feeling. No one even gave me a heads-up that my job was in jeopardy. In fact, just two weeks before I was speaking to an executive producer about the upcoming season’s schedule.

He had completely underestimated what a real problem I had. Probably because he feared that my issues were a reflection of his and my mother’s unstable relationship and its emotional effects on me and my brother, and he couldn’t bear to shoulder some of the responsibility. Our insurance didn’t cover psychiatrist visits, so I decided to check myself into a hospital in Florida. I would be covered for a month of intense therapy. What I didn’t realize was that I had been admitted to a psych ward. The doors had to be left open at all times and I could not leave the floor unless I was supervised.

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