Back in 2004, "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi and
"Kara was so nervous about the idea of singing and being an artist because she had such a bad rejection experience earlier on," Stewart told The New York Times. "It's partly the reason in my mind we created a band that didn't really exist."
The duo recorded some of the songs and made up a backstory for the group. That fictional backstory later become the subject of a VH1 mockumentary focused around a 1970s-era
The backstory basically goes like this: A young Stewart, wanting to make it as a musician, meets a lovely young woman named Erin Grace. The pair become "soul mates" and begin writing songs together, forming Platinum Weird.
Soon after the band started recording, Erin disappears. But in the mockumentary, Stevie Nicks says that Erin turned up in Los Angeles. Years later, DioGuardi, living in New York, meets her mentor, an older hippie woman. DioGuardi then meets Stewart, sings a song that Erin taught her (unaware of the connection), and Stewart then realizes that Erin was her mentor. He reforms the Platinum Weird with DioGuardi.
The "real" Platinum Weird, DioGuardi and Stewart, released an album in 2006, aptly titled Make Believe. "I would never be prepared for [judging 'Idol'] without having done that," she told the Times about the experience.
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