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American Idol Season 9: First Pics of Ellen as a Judge!

American Idol Season 9: First Pics of Ellen as a Judge!

American Idol is back for its ninth season a week from today, and here’s your first look at Ellen DeGeneres with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell!

The two-night season premiere will air next Tuesday (January 12) at 8/7c on FOX and Wednesday (January 13) in the same time slot. According to Access Hollywood, the premiere week will feature auditions from Atlanta and Boston.

Ellen won’t be on the judging panel until February; instead, guest judges will be sitting in during the initial audition rounds. Look celeb judges including Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Katy Perry and more!

10+ pictures inside of Ryan Seacrest and the American Idol judges…

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Posted to: American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell

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  • Jordan

    fags

  • Dona

    I think Ellen will add a touch of humour that Paula did (only people will laugh with her and not at her)!

  • Headless Obama

    wow they look like cardboard cutouts

  • nicole

    Their group shot looks like a cardboard cut out.

  • wow

    whoever photo edited simon cowell
    must not of passed the balancing part of the photo editing class
    he looks so.. wow. yeah

  • marla

    YAWNSSS. Sorry but like it or not without Paula the show is a total snoozefest. Anyone may laugh at Paula’s antics but that is what makes her interesting. Her chemistry with Simon is undeniable especially when they are fighting, even bordering to sexual nature, This is what’s good about that show. Simon knows it. Maybe this is the reason why he decided to also leave the show.
    As for me, I ‘m sure there are other more interesting show to watch on the same time slot.

  • Venom

    No Paula, I won’t be watching…

  • yo sista

    i used to like Ellen but not anymore

  • emmaa

    Why do Ellen’s eyes look scratched out?

  • SLK

    Without Paula it won’t be the same…won’t be watching either! Ellen doesn’t fit the show at all. Kara lacks warmth and personality..she never should have been brought in. The original group were the best!

  • Durkin

    I can’t wait for Ellen’s humor!

  • http://www.crookedbrook.com/e.htm Chef Jacke

    Why doesn’t Simon help the all the world’s governments with their deficits?

  • http://www.tenonanatche.com/stone.htm Stone

    @Chef Jacke: Because Obama refuses to move!

  • CASTING CONFUSION

    The casting of Ellen DeGeneres to replace Paula is a big gamble. Ellen is witty and has a good sence of herself, but this will not be enough.

    This show has had a remarkable success. This is primarily due to the talent… not the judges.

    The show has been an American Heartland hit. The “Good Cop – Bad Cop” banted between Paula and Simon was a strong and successful element.

    Dad (Simon) would scold and Mom/Big Sister (Paula) would console.

    Where is the Love..?? The chemistry will surely change.

    I predict that this show has either peaked or will peak this year and head Down.

    Another Hollywood Failure to understand and manage it’s own success!

  • SubSub

    horrible photoshop job

  • http://righteous.bz/ MMA

    Ellen to replace Paula! Hell, Simon went out of his to insult Paula one last time, eh?

  • smitty

    Paula was hilarious. I want Paula back. Her connection with Simon was funny but with ellen there wont be one like that.

  • PotatoHead

    Have watched American Idol since season two. Not likely to watch any more. Can’t stand Ellen Degenerate!

  • flutters

    I don’t think I’ll miss Paula. The whole thing about her and Simon was really annoying and she didn’t seem very professional.

    That having been said that picture of them all together is some bad overlaying of solo pictures. It’s so obvious they didn’t pose together.

  • Saudia

    okayy that’s a bad photoshop job!! Wtf lol the group shot is so fake. I love Ellen can’t wait to see her on the show.. she’s fab

  • wendy

    I’m gonna watch only to see Victoria Beckham as a guest judge, to see just how mean Simon was to her, hahah apparently they got at each other a lot. And she is just a cutie that i love.

  • dave

    YOU ALL STILL DONT GET IT.PAULA CAN NOT BE REPLACE.ELLEN IS FUNNY BUT SHE’S NOT PAULA.SEE FOX MADE A BIG NO NO.SIMON &PAULA ARE GOOD FRIENDS.SIMON IS GOING TO TAKE $100 MIL.FROM FOX THEN SAY GOOD BYE.NO PAULA NO SIMON NO IDOL.

  • eg

    I like Ellen. I like Idol.
    I don’t like the idea of Ellen on Idol though, just doesn’t seem like a good fit, and for the first time, I’m not even looking forward to the show.
    4 judges are too many anyway, there won’t be enough time for Ellens wit to help. Perhaps the beginning of the decline that will culminate with Simon’s leaving next year, which I’m guessing will leave us with two mediocre versions of the same show instead of one solid one.

  • http://aolhomepage sharon stricklen

    I love to watch the Ellen show so it will be nice to see her again on Idol. She is wonderful and does wonderful things for people. Wish she could help me out

  • mimi

    No Paula, no me! And I’m not a Paula Abdul fan, per se. And I like Ellen. Paula actually gave some pretty good critiques in her offbeat, dizzbag sort of way. And the contestants were comforted. She provided a buffer that none of the others have. Well of course not Simon, he’s all about telling it exactly how it is. The producers should have paid her. BTW, am I the only one who hates Karla and her run-on sentence critiques that go nowhere. She acts so deep! I actually wasn’t planning to watch even with Paula until they got rid of Karla.

  • http://aol.com Pat

    I will watch the show BUT I don’t think Ellen fits the job. What does she know about music?? NOTHING !!!!!!!! So there you are. Dumb move.

  • WildBill

    What idiot decided Paula should be removed from the show?
    Any moron should have been able to see the writing on the wall…..No Paula no AI. This show will rapidly fade away and be just a memory. Thinking Ellen D was good fit for the show is a sad miscalculation. I won’t be watching.
    So long American Idol it was nice to know you.

  • http://gamerdatingsite.com gamerdatingsite

    Yay for ellen

  • kris

    @CASTING CONFUSION: won’t watch.. paula got the shaft…she was the only interesting person on that panel

  • lola

    No Paula no idol for me

  • James

    Wow, talk about Queer Eye for the Straight Guys! I guess it’s an acquired taste. Wink, wink. = )

  • James

    That is one nasty human.

  • Lola

    Ellen will be terrific and Simon will love her. Everybody loves her. She’s always so nice.

  • Amaris

    I was wondering why they didnt just leave the three judges. I mean come on do we really need four judges to tell the contestants essentially the same thing. No need for any fourth judge, especially one that doesnt have a background in music. I thought that was the whole point in adding Kara. That way we could get used to her when Paula left. Im going to miss Paula though.

  • Ann Smith

    Ellen does not fit in and she knows nothing about music. I won’t be watching this year. I have watched it since year 1. Sooo sad without Paula.

  • http://dlisted.com lakers fan in boston

    i cant believe that ppl actually watch this show
    i watched like the 1st 2 seasons and after that it’s gotten so boring
    im surprised that the ratings havent gone down, altho i imagine they would go up a but this year because of ellen
    eff AI!

  • M.L. Jenkins

    4 judges is too many – wasn’t as good last year with 4. The show will not be the same without Paula. The chemistry with Simon was part of the show’s success. Fox should have offered Paula the money to stay. Many, many people will not watch this year! I do not like Ellen or anything she stands for. Very sad what Fox has done to a previously great show…

  • ralphpal

    The difference betwwen Paula and Ellen is that Paula knew about singing. The tones and pitches of the voice. So i bet unless the singer is really great or really bad Ellen is just going to watch what the other judges say and just repeat them. Its wasnt that Paula was funny or warm it was that she knew what she was doind. Since Ellen doesnt she is not going to do anything but repeat what the judges say. Fox knows this so to make it seem not so oblivious anytime a singer is either really great or really bad Ellen will speak 1st so it looks like she knows what shes talking about

  • Jade

    I agree. I will not be watching Idol b/c of no Paula. I might watch the finale but that’s it. And for those that think Ellen will do a good job, did anyone see how awful she was on So You Think You Can Dance? She tried so hard to be funny but it fell flat. She didn’t even give good critiques, and I love Ellen! It was disappointing.

  • CeCe

    I can’t stand Kara and don’t care for Ellen. BTW why would she be on a show that judges singing? What mess this season will be!

  • emm

    ewwww…. ! i liked it much better with just ryan, randy, simon, and paula :(

  • aob

    Kinda one sided 4 men and one woman judge

  • mk8675

    I have always been excited about Idol getting started again, but sadly, I agree with the comment that this program which offered a great opportunity to many people has peaked. I don’t dislike Ellen but I just see the focus shifting. With Paula, the banter added something but it was not an attention-stealer. Comics have a way of drawing the focus just because it is in their nature. I am planning not to watch it, which will be pretty freeing since I tended to become addicted during its run.

  • DAWN

    @mimi:
    I HATE KARLA TOO! EVERYONE IS WORRYING ABOUT ELLEN AND PAULA…BUT….WHAT ABOUT KARRA???? I’D BE HAPPY WITH JUST SIMON AND RANDY LOL OR GET RID OF KARRA AND KEEP ELLEN…. SHES THE WORST PART OF THE SHOW. SHE ACTS LIKE SHE OWNS THE SHOW THAT HER REMARKS ARE MARKED IN STONE ETC ETC I CANT STAND HER!! SORRY GLAD TO SEE THAT SOMEONE MENTIONED “HER” INSTEAD OF ALL THE OTHER POSTS WITH ELLEN AND PAULA :o)

  • DAWN

    OOPS SORRY I WROTE KARLA LOL I KNOW ITS KARRA…. BUT AGAIN AS MUCH AS I DONT WANT ELLEN THERE I RATHER IT BE JUST ELLEN RANDY AND SIMON IF I HAD A CHOICE THAT IS BETWEEN ELLEN AND KARRA.

  • Janie

    I can’t imagine this show being able to continue without Paula. The banter between her and Simon was magical. How will Simon and Ellen ‘banter’?? They won’t; plain and simple. I think, also, that is why Simon is leaving the show. He’s getting off this ‘sinking ship.’ I predict this will be the ‘final season’ of “American Idol.” Big mistake to have Ellen on board.. Should have been some sexy female to continue flirting with Simon.. He’s HOT!!

  • BUTCHBUS00

    WELL IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER
    GET THE LIFE BOATS OUT SHIPS SINKING ITH ALL THIS TRSH TALLENT
    THERE GOES THE FARM ,
    GLAD I NEVER WATCHED IT , I GUESS THEY ALL FOUND THEIR PLACE NOW HAHAHAAH

  • BUTCHBUSS00

    OVER THE HILL WASHED UP DO NOT REMEMBER ANYOFTHEM
    BORING

  • http://www.youtube.com/jolentini jolentini
  • Aria

    I LOVE Ellen.
    Can’t freaking wait until Feb.

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