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Ellen DeGeneres to Replace Paula Abdul as Fourth Judge on American Idol

Ellen DeGeneres to Join American Idol as the Fourth Judge!

Those of you holding out for Paula Abdul to return to American Idol this season can stop holding your breath: Ellen DeGeneres is taking Paula's spot as the fourth judge!

Fox confirmed the news this afternoon in a press release, with Ellen saying:

I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text in my vote.

Ellen tweeted her excitement, and I'm excited, too, as this solves the mystery of who will be the fourth judge since Paula confirmed she was leaving Idol early last month over contract negotiations.

Ellen had a memorable run as a guest on this past season of So You Think You Can Dance, so I'm looking forward to her as a judge. (It's rumored to be a five-year deal.)

What do you think of the announcement of Ellen as AI's new judge?

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rivrchild rivrchild 7 years
All I know is, the minute I heard this I instantly told myself I was going to be watching again. That's all that the network is going to care about is if it gets more viewers, which I'm certain it will. Now, whether they stick on through the next season after, remains to be seen. I think Ellen is an excellent choice. Sure, she doesn't have music industry experience, but do any of us that sit home and act the judge as we watch? The beauty of the show is that we are all judges, because we're the ones who actually cast the votes in the end. I think it's cool to have someone like Ellen who, like us, is a huge fan and will bring "our" perspective to the panel.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
LOL audreystar, i also thought this was april fools what does ellen know about music? i love her and her show as a comedian and host (like others have said) but this isn't the right fit for doesn't make sense this is NOT a comedy show....this will not be good
care0531 care0531 7 years
I love Ellen and she was always really involved with Idol on her show but I thought when she was a judge on SYTYCD that she talked too much- rambled and kept making funnies etc. If she keeps it short and sweet and isn't afraid to be critical at times I think she will be good.
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
I'm nervous...I wasn't a fan of her on SYTYCD. Tried too hard to be funny and seemed very uncomfortable providing criticism about something she doesn't know anything about. If she is more relaxed and doesn't try hard to be the comedian of the group, I think she'll be okay.
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 7 years
Simon vs. Ellen. Ouch. Tbf, that's probably why the produces picked her.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I watch SYTYCD and I thought it was great when Ellen guest judged on it. She was funny, and she provided a positive comment, especially when somebody just got slammed by the judges. Sometimes I think it helps to have criticism followed by something positive so that you are not brought down by all the criticism. And Ellen has professed a love of dance and music and I always enjoyed watching her dance on her show so I could see why they brought her in as a guest judge. Isn't that what Paula did - be the positive, uplifting judge? Wasn't she softer on the contestants than the other judges? So maybe Ellen will do okay.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i heard about this on the Today show this morning and i think that it's great for her, although i'm not sure that i get the whole link there with her and music. oh well...i'm sure that they have their reasons and we'll see how she does on the show soon enough. she's going to be one busy woman right?
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
I love Ellen but I'm not sure about her on AI.
dakmo dakmo 7 years
I think it's a really interesting idea - outside the box. Let's give her a chance!!!
BeccaU BeccaU 7 years
I love her. Ellen can do no wrong. (Heck, I may even watch the show now.)
JunebugMarcial JunebugMarcial 7 years
I Can't See Her In American Idol.. How Is She Going To Criticise People's Singing?? She Is Just Gonna Look Weird.. Lol.. Sorry..
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I am excited and will probably watch Idol for the first time in many seasons just to see her!
emma-noel emma-noel 7 years
wat she has no musicl experienc I AM OUTRAGD omg i lov paula poaula come back or ge tanothr reality show
yeokr yeokr 7 years
I get why she was chosen in that she has long professed her love for AI and always brings on contestants to her own show.. but after seeing her guest judge on SYTYCD, I'm a little worried. She seemed to spend a lot of time compensating for harsher comments from judges with more relevant experience.. But at least she will continue to add a more optimistic voice to the judging..
Angellie Angellie 7 years
This is strange..but I do love me some Ellen.
pebby01 pebby01 7 years
i think its weird. how much do you think they're going to pay her? more than they were offering paula i bet. i think this was a strange choice
Kjell Kjell 7 years
RK2590 RK2590 7 years
I'm confused about why she was selected for a singing competition...
audreystar audreystar 7 years
Is this April Fools?
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
UGH, thank god for DVR so I don't need to watch or listen to the judges.
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