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Kara DioGuardi

FOX

Long before her celebrity status takes off on the American Idol rocket tonight, new judge Kara DioGuardi, 38, was already an A-lister in her boyfriend's heart.

The songwriter's other half, teacher-turned-general contractor Mike McCuddy, 34, popped the question on Dec. 8 while on vacation in Mexico, E! News has confirmed.

The groom-to-be has a son from a previous relationship.

No wedding date has been announced.