Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi ( /’kær. DioGuardi served as a judge on American Idol for its eighth and ninth seasons. She is of Arbëresh (Albanian) and Italian descent and was raised Roman Catholic. DioGuardi has a songwriting catalog of several hundred songs, of which over 307 have been released on major labels worldwide, and over 150 have appeared on platinum selling albums. Since American Idol Season 8, DioGuardi returned to songwriting and producing, and has worked with number of artists, including Pink’s “Sober,” Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up,” Cobra Starship ft./ Leighton Meester “Good Girls Go Bad,” Katharine McPhee’s “Had It All”, Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It”, and Theory of a Deadman’s “Not Meant to Be” among other new releases.