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American Idol’s Newest Judge Kara DioGuardi to Face the Music
Grammy-Nominated Songwriter to Take Stage at WaldorfAstoria
to Benefit Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Programs
New York, NY, October 3, 2008 – Just three months before she takes the hot seat as the
newest American Idol judge, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi
will put her own voice to the test.
Ms. DioGuardi will be the featured performer at the 2008 Columbus Celebration Gala Dinner
at the WaldorfAstoria Hotel on October 11, 2008. The fundraising event benefits
scholarship programs and is part of New York City’s annual Columbus Celebration, which
culminates with the Columbus Day Parade. The parade will be held on Fifth Avenue on
October 13 from 11:30 AM until 3:00 PM.
Ms. DioGuardi is the brilliantly talented songwriter and producer whose songs are on over
100 million records, eighty of which have racked up sales that made them multi-platinum
albums. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of major-label artists, including Christina
Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Carlos Santana and Gwen
BMI’s 2007 Pop Songwriter of the Year, Ms. DioGuardi and has been awarded ten BMI Pop
Awards. She is also co-owner of ArtHouse Entertainment (http://www.arthouseent.com/),
where she develops and mentors fellow hit writers, producers and artists.
Ms. DioGuardi was named the fourth American Idol judge on August 25.
Ms. DioGuardi last took the WaldorfAstoria stage as a singer 25 years ago, when she
performed at the 1983 Columbus Celebration Gala. Then 12-years-old, Ms. DioGuardi sang
“Getting to Know You” and was embraced by the 1983 Grand Marshal, Sophia Loren.
Joining Ms. DioGuardi at the gala will be a host of celebrities and leaders of the Italian
American community, including Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.),
Grand Marshal of the 2008 Columb