Ellen DeGeneres joins American Idol as fourth judge
Ellen DeGeneres is joining American Idol as the hit show's fourth judge. After a summer of auditions where the fourth judges' chair, left vacant by Paula Abdul, has been filled with a list of guest stars from Joe Jonas to Victoria Beckham.
DeGeneres becoming part of the American Idol family is somewhat out of left field. The talk show host and funnywoman did not have much to add dance-wise to her guest stint this summer on So You Think You Can Dance, but her humorous observations were priceless.
DeGeneres' American Idol casting was a shock to most of Hollywood.
American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi have a cohort in Ellen who will certainly fill the "nice" judge roll. As a non-singer, DeGeneres will have difficulty offering sonic criticism and most likely will keep to performance style, personal style with a few funny comments tossed in the mix.
Now, with her American Idol digs in place, DeGeneres will be ever-present in popular culture for the entire 2009-2010 television season.
The nation's number one show, American Idol, returns to the air in January 2010 and word has not arisen as to when exactly DeGeneres will join the judges panel. If she will participate in any of the auditions still remaining time will tell, but for now, American Idol producers and thrilled with their choice to replace Paula Abdul.
Early indications from Ellen are that she is up for the challenge of standing up to the dour Cowell if the situation calls for it. When Cowell is "rude and mean," DeGeneres will call the Brit on it, she reported.
DeGeneres' deal with American Idol is for five years. If audiences have any questions whether Idol is going anywhere, Ellen's deal solidifies the fact that the show will continue on Fox until 2015.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for anyone who has had the pleasure of witnessing the daytime talker, is continually showcasing music. Now, Ellen can bring her passion for the music industry to all new personal heights with American Idol.