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American Idol's New Judge - Ellen DeGeneres!

American Idol's New Judge - Ellen DeGeneres!

Reality TV staple American Idol has chosen its new judge to replace Paula Abdul….and it’s Ellen DeGeneres!

The 51-year-old talk show host will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the next season on AI.

Ellen shared her excitement at the new opportunity, 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! Hopefully I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you. 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. ”

Her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will continue on. She shared on her show today, “I’m going to have a day job and a night job. This is so exciting for me!”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Ellen being the new American Idol judge – YAY or NAY?

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  • Sara

    i love ellen
    even tho no one could replace paula,ellen is good too

  • ohyah

    I stopped watching american idol but now i’ll be back for it. I love Ellen!

  • marvin

    yay :) love her .

  • maggie


  • luvlucy

    Shouldn’t you actually know something about music to judge music?

  • mike

    ellen is a great talent, but I dont see her meshing with the other panelists… her comedy may come across as trying to steal the show and the singers spotlight.

  • kris

    NO!!! can’t stand Smellin’ Degenerate – Stick to your stupid dancing and boring interviews

  • Kate bosselin

    well heck, at this rate, Kate Gosselin will be your next Sect. of State.

  • patty

    I love Ellen and think she’s awsome. I so want to be her next love but after my bf left me I’m kinda in a slump at finding someone who really accepts me for me. Being 42 kinda puts a hamper on things, I’m not petite or anything but Ellen if your interested let me know cuz I’ll be waiting.

  • Kate bosselin

    @patty: patty, get mental help.

  • emma.

    This made my day. Yaaaay. I’ll actually start watching again. She’s awesome.
    People should stop hating cause she’s fab.

  • Rio

    cool, i like her xD!

  • patty

    Ellen u can find me here or on dlist, I love love love love you soooo much.

  • velcrodots

    I might actually watch now, yay for Ellen!

  • omg

    @~LULU: agree . . .I like Ellen but she is in no way is she musical.

  • jane

    Awesome! She’s hilarious!


    Good choice. She is s class act.

  • Donna


    i LOVVVE Ellen but I don’t know if I can imagine her on “idol”. She’s an entertainer and she knows her share in the industry but I was hoping for another ex-pop star or dancer

  • Lily


    How much does Randy Jackson actually know about music? Or Paula for that matter? Ok they know alot, being in the business for this long and all that, but it sure doesn´t show in their comments on contestants and their performances…for me AI is now just pure entertainment, and not some professional talent competition, so for me Ellen will add a much needed comic element to the proceedings

  • Callie

    Yay!! What an inspired choice!! Can’t wait to watch her.

  • fred

    Ellen on a game show, what a downgrade for her

  • Cindy

    Is this a joke?

  • asha

    @mike: I totally agree. Ellen is really funny but she is more funny by herself than in a group. I don’t see this working out well at all.

  • alycia

    awesome!i love ellen!

  • mustangsally

    Ellen has always reminded me of my ex, so full of life and laughter.

  • t

    wow this seems to good to be true

  • Sarah

    very happy she,s going to be the new judge

  • keren


  • j

    shes amazing.

  • pixie

    Wow – This is a terrible idea. I love Ellen, but this is just wrong, wrong, wrong. I don’t think this will work at all b/c she has no credibility in music.

  • lovey

    Cool, I love Ellen…she’ll make the show funny, that’s for sure…

  • whatever, yo


    she does know music… she dances to a new song every episode.. knows the words to just about everything and she’s funny and kind and will give an honest opinion if something sounds stupid!

  • nat

    Definitely yay! love her to death.

  • Suz

    I’m shocked! But thinking about it, it will be nice to have someone just give the regular person’s point of view. At the end of the day it’s us who buy the music…I think it is a good move! Good luck Ellen! I’ll be watching!

  • norO

    Wow . .
    this is another reason 4 me 2 watch AI . .

  • Music expert???? huh?

    I don’t get it… she’s just a celebrity… not a music expert? Paula was a musician. I think Ellen’s funny and a great personality, but I do not agree with this choice. People being employed for the wrong reasons… happens everwhere, I guess.

  • mz.atlanta

    Huh?? well that was random, but what isn’t these days??

  • WTF?

    You watch, she’s gona clash with Simon and Kara because they are gonna look at her like WTF when she says that she doesn’t understand what “pitchy” and “melisma” mean. All she’s gonna do is try to make the show about her and that’s gonna create some tension on that show. American Idol is OVA!

  • Music expert???? huh?

    @mz.atlanta: totally agree with you!

  • jenny

    she is likeable but I don’t think she know much about music than the average person.

  • laura

    Oh I love Ellen! I’m so so excited for this.

  • Jessica

    Love her! The perfect choice! ;)

  • lol

    Shouldn’t they have at least one young person to be a judge on that show? Ellen is older than Simon! lol!!!!!!! They must have paid a lot to get her which should piss off Paula Abdul big time. lol Talk about a diss.

  • LuckyL

    Doesn’t make sense

  • me

    THATS SO EFFIN COOL!!!!!! Yes!! I’m so excited now!

  • Leni

    Love Ellen

  • melissa

    i will finally have a reason to watch this show. LOVE ELLEN!!!

  • nessa

    honestly… i like Ellen… she’s a great entertainer, but i’m surprised they would select her as a judge for a singing competition/reality show. i actually don’t mind her at all… however, i just wish they’d get rid of Kara!

  • diana

    ellen is who I aspire to be like as an adult.