Kara DioGuardi: How My Cancer Gene Led Me to Surrogacy

In hopes of educating others, DioGuardi is opening up exclusively to PEOPLE about her BRCA2 diagnosis, why she chose surgery - and life as a mom to 3-month-old Greyson.

Kara DioGuardi Throws a Holiday Party in Maine

From judging reality shows to writing hit songs, Kara DioGuardi’s never had trouble hitting a high note. So, what are her tips for throwing equally on-key holiday parties?

“I keep the fires going, the wine flowing and try to spend time with everyone who comes to celebrate,” DioGuardi tells PEOPLE.

Kara DioGuardi Kisses Her Dog – on the Mouth!

Kara DioGuardi’s dog, Tiki, doesn’t have any musical instincts, but she does have her own way of getting Mom’s attention.

“She is so cute when you first come in,” DioGuardi tells PEOPLE Pets. “She kind of yells if you don’t pay attention to her. ‘Excuse me! Hello! I need constant kisses right now!’”

Kara DioGuardi Reveals Childhood Molestation

Kara DioGuardi has hit some tremendous peaks in her celebrated career as a music-industry fixture, but as her new memoir A Helluva High Note reveals, she’s endured more than her fair share of low notes, as well.

The former American Idol judge’s book, to be published April 26, bravely sheds light on the multiple instances of sexual harassment and assault that have blighted her past. The painful experiences, says the songwriter and producer, started when she was only 11, when a family friend’s son took advantage of her.

Kara DioGuardi to Judge New Song-Writing Show

Less than two months after exiting American Idol, Kara DioGuardi is heading back to television as the head judge on Going Platinum, a new song-writing competition on Bravo, the network confirms.

“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.”

Kara DioGuardi Gets Political – as Dad Runs for Office

Kara DioGuardi Says Bikini Stunt Changed Her Life

We all have our defining moments, but few of us can say they happened when we sang on national television in a bikini. American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is one of those few.

A Galaxy of Stars Light Up Pre-Grammy Gala

No one can bring out the stars quite like Clive Davis! The music mogul’s Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons (this year honoring Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Doug Morris) is an annual tradition and one of the biggest parties of the year.

Kara DioGuardi on Heidi Montag: I Want to Give Her a Hug

Kara DioGuardi is not giving Heidi Montag’s decision to have 10 cosmetic surgeries in one day high marks – but mostly she feels sad for the reality star.

“First of all, I just want to give the girl a hug,” the American Idol judge said on The Bonnie Hunt Show Wednesday. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

Kara DioGuardi Thinks It's 'Genius' to Add Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres already has her first fan as an American Idol judge – Kara DioGuardi.

“I think it’s a genius decision,” DioGuardi, the judge who joined the top-rated FOX show last season, said at the Entertainment Tonight/PEOPLE Emmy after-party. “I wish I had thought of it.”