Ellen DeGeneres is joining American Idol as a judge

I’m totally stoked about the news that chat show host Ellen DeGeneres is going to become the fourth judge on [[American Idol (TV Series)|American Idol]].

At my age – oh so decrepit – I remember Ellen from her original comedy series and her pioneering decision to come out as a lesbian, eventually writing it into her show’s character. In recent years, Ellen has become a heavyweight in the chat show world. We first became aware of her clout (and her love of reality TV shows) when she championed Leona Lewis on The X Factor.

Not only will DeGeneres be a huge coup for the show – cross-publicity opportunities with her chat show will abound, no doubt – but her quick-fire wit will be a massive boost to the judging panel. With Randy’s “Yo, dawgs” and “Listen up, listen up” line, [[Kara DioGuardi|Kara]]’s in-depth industry knowledge and [[Simon Cowell|Simon]]’s pouring cold water over everything, Ellen’s fun comments will be a welcome addition. Certainly, I’d expect her to be far more lucid and witty and interesting. Paula’s schmooze-fests with the contestants were borderline sycophantic.

Exuberant soundbytes from Ellen follow:

I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol,” DeGeneres says. “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.

Hopefully I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you,” DeGeneres adds. “I sit at home and I watch it. … I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person.

After trying a number of celebrity judges such as [[Katy Perry]] and [[Lady Gaga]] during the auditions stages, it’s great that the American Idol judges have gone for such a big name to fill Paula Abdul’s shoes.

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  1. Anonymous

    I disagree.  While I REALLY love Ellen I do not see what she brings to the show.  This is a music show and she is not a musician, she’s a comedian.  I think the element of comedy she will bring will bring the show down to a comedy show not a TALENT show.   Again, don’t get me wrong, I love that woman, but not for American Idol


    1. Gerard McGarry

      Well, as she said, she’ll be like the audience member with a voice – I’d hope Ellen will be saying all those things we’re thinking sitting at home shouting at our television sets. Possibly a good compliment for Kara, because Kara seems to have a great insider knowledge of the music biz, but I think Ellen will speak as a consumer/fan.

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