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Ellen DeGeneres Joins the American Idol Judges Panel for Hollywood Week 2010-02-09 09:30:00

Are You Excited For Ellen DeGeneres to Join American Idol?

While rumors still circulate about who might replace a departing Simon Cowell (with Howard Stern adding his name to the list of contenders), tonight begins the American Idol makeover!

To kick-start the Hollywood week portion of auditions, we'll be saying good-bye to guest judges as Ellen DeGeneres takes her place on the panel — and I cannot wait to see how she meshes with the team (particularly the curmudgeonly Simon Cowell).

DeGeneres's involvement actually gets me pretty amped for this season. The franchise was starting to feel a little stale — you can only hear "dawg" catchphrases so many times — and her humor will help balance Cowell's curtness. My personal wish: I would love to see her do her own version of "Pants on the Ground"!

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