September 10th, 2009
10:07 AM ET

And Ellen DeGeneres was chosen because?

I’m going to try real hard not to incur the wrath of Ellen DeGeneres fans here. The announcement that Ellen will replace Paula Abdul as a judge on “American Idol” this coming season left me cold.

ellen degeneres

Sure, I know Ellen loves the show and appreciates music. For that matter, so do I.

But, in my opinion, that hardly qualifies one to be a judge on “Idol.”

It reminds me of last season when Quentin Tarantino served as a coach. He too has a love of music and all things “Idol,” but watching him try to guide contestants through their rehearsals was just plain painful.

For all of her bucket of crazy, Paula at least brought the perspective of a performer. She knew what it was like to face an audience on your best – and worst – days and I believe that contributed to her desire to always try and find the positive.

Perhaps if there weren’t going to be four judges (which felt bloated and unnecessary to me last season), I might be more enthusiastic. With Paula, Randy, and Simon there was balance. With the addition of Kara DioGuardi things just felt out of whack to me and a strong judge is needed to counterbalance it all.

I imagine Ellen will provide more than a few laughs, but I am trying to envision what else she will bring other than the enthusiasm of a super fan.

What do you think? Was Ellen DeGeneres a good choice for a fourth judge?


soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. Debec

    I like Ellen Degeneres but was so shocked when they anounced that she's was taking Paula's place. I thought Kara didn't fit but at least she knew the business and felt the public should give her a chance.. But with Ellen who doesn't know anything about the business I can't even imagine what she could possibly add to the show. Her opinion means absolutely nothing to me with this popular show. Sure everyone is entitled to an opinion, but this show is about someones career and I think only someone like Simon Randy Paula and Kara who knows everything about the business should judge the most talented. Perhaps Ellen should find a show that judges who will be the funniest act but certainly not this show. I'm so disappointed and surprised that Ellen would take on this responsibility. I'm afraid that this is it for American Idol and it makes me very sad because I really look forward to watching it every year.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aaron

    I think that all the Ellen-haters need to step back one second and think, "why would they choose Ellen DeGeneres?" Think about it. Chances are, the producers have put much more thought into it than we have. I think that the reason they chose Ellen DeGeneres is not because she's a great judge – because she's not. As far as I'm aware, she does not have proper qualifications to be a judge on American Idol. But have any of you considered that maybe the point of having her on the show ISN'T to have her judge, but to have her make funny comments and reel in more viewers? Right now, there are 3 judges not including Ellen. That's a great number because it is odd and there aren't so many judges that we feel overwhelmed by them. Ellen, in my opinion, is going to be there to entertain viewers who may not be watching American Idol for the hardcore singing, but for entertainment. How many of us acutally sit in front of the television with a pencil and notebook taking notes on how the contestants performed? I'm hoping none. We watch the show because it is fun to watch, and I am certain that Ellen DeGeneres will make the show even more exciting.

    November 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    I think Ellen is great. She's very funny and the episode on So You Think You Can Dance on which she was a guest judge was hillarious. But I have to say that I agree with the author. I'm not too sure why the producers chose Ellen to be a judge. I have a strong suspicion that Ellen isn't going to be so much of a "judge" on the show. I think that she is merely there to reel in more viewers with her witty remarks. This way, there will still be a balance of judges (thank God Paula is gone!), yet the show will have a great addition to its cast. Personally, I am looking forward to the American Idol auditions. I can't wait to hear what Ellen has to say!

    November 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LaToinya

    Why do they need four judges anyways? Why don't they just have Simon, Randy and Kara? Where the heck did Ellen come in?

    The whole situation is weird, honestly. Ellen is a good talk show host, but what does she know about judging music?

    Ahh, this season should be interesting. Maybe they'll write out a script for Ellen to follow, so it looks like she knows what she's talking about. Haha.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kyle

    Ellen's jokes on so you think you can dance got worse and worse as the night carried on. Not to mention, the dancers received no advice or helpful critique about their dances.

    And how much more of Ellen can we expect on American Idol? If a singer has a bad day, he or she will get it from Simon, Randy, and Kara but I feel that Ellen would be there for comic relief. While comic relief isn't completely a bad thing, on a show like American Idol, I believe that it's distracting.

    But don't get me wrong, I love Ellen and I love Ellen's show. I just don't think she's the right candidate for this job. And lastly, I personally felt that four judges was one too many. With the departure of Paula, that perfectly left it with an original seating of three judges. I guess we'll have to wait until January to see Ellen's performance but I'm not expecting too much.

    November 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pam Hadfield

    I love Ellen Degeneres, but whether she's qualified to judge on American Idol is questionable, because of her 'limited' musical talents.

    It should have been Sheila E, who is a talented musician in her own right and a wonderful celebrity.

    Maybe next time ?

    November 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kelli

    We will not be watching the show this season. Ellen has nothing to qualify her as a judge on American Idol. The show is steering away from the focus of what it started out as. If the true mission is to seek talent, then qualified judges need to be on the panel to be able to recognize individual potential. Ellen is only entertainment. Not good enough for me.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shirley

    Who in the world came up with Ellen? Get a life!!!!!! Worst choice in my opinion that American Idol could have made. Who thought for one minute she would be qualified to judge people with singing talent. We are not picking comedian of the year, not that she would be one. I think this is definitely going to hurt the show. I personally don't know if I will even watch this year simply because of her. Should have kept Paula. Everyone likes Paula even if she is a little ditsy at times, but she knows the music business. Ellen doesn't!!

    September 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stella

    Why, Why, Why Ellen? I don't like her show and I'm sure that I will not like her on Idol. She can not possibly bring anything to the show. The one time I watched her as a guest judge was not a good thing. She acted like she new nothing about the songs they were singing let along giving advice on the pitch in their voice or their song choices. I feel that it is a big mistake to have her as judge. I will not be watching this season. How sad. :<{.

    September 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arnold Weaver

    I have watched the show since the first season and have become a very good couch judge of the talent of the constestants, but that does not qualify me to be a serious judge and neither is Helen DeGernate she is a complete joke and that's what she will make this show, as long as she is a judge on American Idol I and several people I've talked to will not watch another show.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A. U.

    Huh. This is probably just me but I think its weird that people say "Bring paula back". Not in the sense that I don't like her, but that she chose to leave the show. rumors even started earlier this year that she wanted to leave. As for Ellen, She may not have much musical knowledge, but she could be the voice of the audience; and I also find it cold and rude how people judge Ellen's judging skills on american idol, even though we haven't seen how she judges singers yet. I'm gonna make my own opinion after the show airs a few weeks. I do like both Ellen and Paula though.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. B. White

    Why don't they keep Ellen, get Paula back and fire Kara? I have
    never liked her on the show.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. John Austin

    Dumb idea. I really don't think they could have found a more useless addition.

    And, it's really beyond me why they think they need a fourth judge... three judges are fine. But, if they really thought the Idol format NEEDED another judge, they sure could have chosen someone with a tiny bit of music industry back ground.

    Oh well, too bad... I won't be watching anymore.

    September 14, 2009 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Timothy

    Who are any of you to judge? I was always told to give things a try and not to judge before you give something a chance. I am very sadden by Paula leaving but I am not going to judge the show or the new judge before I have a chance to see what Ellen can do.

    I am a big Paula fan and she should have never left as Kara should have never been brought in. I gave her a chance and can now say the fourth judge was a mistake.

    This is a business world and FOX is thinking about appealing to a new audience and Ellen has a big following in the gay community. So, the ones who follow her will tune into the show now and boost the ratings.

    All the people who say they will NEVER watch the show again will tune in this year like they have every other year. Stop playing games and be truthful.

    GIVE ELLEN A CHANCE ....

    Paula will be on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" tonight at 9pm

    Sunday, 17 September 2009, Paula will host the VH1 "Divas Live" tune in and watch her. She is such a blessing and will be such a loss from American Idol ... I tuned into to watch the interaction between Paula and Simon.

    September 13, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lu

    Not a good choice–I did not care for Kara as an addition last year but she has much more background than Ellen could ever dream of...I liked Paula but I think it is time for a rest because the poor girl medically needs to rest..It will be Randy, Simon and Kara making the decisions and Ellen cracking the jokes–If you saw her on-"If you think you can dance-You would of seen how it will play out on American Idol this season–the 3 experts giving constructive criticism and Ellen joking around so much that she irritated the young dancers–And I do agree that you can compare it with Quentin Tarantino being on there –he was aweful!!! I have watched every season since it started gone to 2 concert and have been very devoted and I will tell you I will only watch the finale this year!!!!!

    September 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Chaley

    AWESOME CHOICE!!! For those not watching because Ellen was choosen ..this is your loss...it's going to be a great show:) Just a bummer we have to wait til January to watch. Starting the countdown now!

    September 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sandra

    I for one will not be watching any more if Ellen is on. Why anyone would think that Ellen could replace Paula is just plain dumb. It was best when they had 3 judges. Then they started with 4 which was terrible. They don't even have time to speak..Now they want Ellen who represents the comon American person...Well she sure does NOT respresent me!! Soooooooo I will NOT be watching.

    September 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. superiormom

    ANYONE is better than Kara–Ellen might help take some of her droning on about chops and pipes away–Ellen is funny and Paula was too (but not in a traditional way–funny to see what she was on each week). So, it's a trade off.

    September 13, 2009 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  19. Lauren

    Ellen is a funny person and a great show host.. but i just dont see her giving the judges anything to work with... i mean her comments on So you think you can dance were TOTALLY USELESS.. she was jst making retarded jokes.. she should stick to her show and stop bugging everyone elses. . oh and that Kiara girl.. wow is she freakin annoying. i have tevo and when she talks i jst fast foward and only listen to randy and simon.. personaly i feel like simon is the only one who knows the the hell hes doing! :/

    September 13, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  20. Donna

    Ellen? Are you kidding. While her show may be entertaining, she is NOT a musician. Why would you want to turn American Idol into a joke. We are looking for good musical talent. I guess I won't be watching this year. Why ruin a good thing????????????

    September 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. richard

    Kathy it IS a business and it was the BEST watched show on TV. Now they bring in someone totally unqualified to be a judge......pahleease,,,, how stupid a BUSINESS move that was

    September 12, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  22. richard

    Period, end of story. She has NO PLACE being a judge on Idol and I will not ever watch another show as long as she is there. Put a music person in her place and I'll watch again otherwise it's adios Idol. You sure screwed up a good thing. Now i have another spot open for my dvr.

    September 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. It'sME

    I can't believe this one of my favorite shows..... now ruined.

    September 12, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  24. Erin

    This was a smart move by the producers to boost the shows ratings – not because Ellen is a major influence in the music industry, but because people are going to say, "Really? Ellen?" and they will tune in just to see how she'll fit in with the show's current flow. And then consumers will buy the products they see in the commercials. And then Fox will gain the kick backs from the ads. And then the show will go on to see a 10th season with or without Ellen or any of the current judges. See where I'm going with this? Do I think Ellen is the best choice for the show? In terms of musical inspiration, no. In terms of gaining the bottom dollar? Absofrickenlutely. But in the end, Ellen will be the one laughing all the way to the bank as she will be getting two amazing paychecks for doing something she loves so dearly. And for that, I applaud her.

    September 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. BARBARA KUHN

    CNN has to be out their minds. I will never watch American Idol again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Myra Campbell

    HUGE MISTAKE!!!! AM not going to be watching American Idol with Ellen on the show! It needs a judge who KNOWS music. Not a gay comedien!

    September 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. C & H Rhoads

    Buy AMERICAN IDOL, with Ellen a judge you just lost my family viewing any showes.

    September 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kathy

    You people are so funny. You are passionate about your show, but you just don't get it. IT'S A BUSINESS PEOPLE! The show IS NOT about the singers, the judges, or the audience in the studio. It is about HYPE and ADVERTISING, period. As long as there is something controversial on this show, it will stay alive because without it, it has become a SNORE...
    Wake up and smell the coffee. She will be great. The advertising world already loves her. (Cover Girl anyone?) People like me who never watch the show until I have to so I'm able to have a conversation with my addicted coworkers, will actually watch it as they have finally have a legit, currently successful, bona fide entertainer on board. Who do you think should be on? Sara Media Hog Palin??? Yeah. That's what I thought.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sue

    Bad Decision!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sue

    I am so disappointed with Paula's replacement. When Ellen was a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance, she was nothing but annoying to me and only took up precious time from the show. At least that was just one episode. Nothing against Ellen, she has her place on T.V., but A.I. is not it!

    American Idol won't be the same without Paula. I think they should have gone back to just THREE judges. SIMON, PAULA & RANDY were the perfect combination!!! I like Kara, but a fourth judge was not necessary and has caused time problems more than once. Plus, that would leave door open for our BELOVED PAULA to return!!!

    BIG MISTAKE AMERICAN IDOL---WE'LL MISS YOU PAULA!!!

    September 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. kayla

    I can't believe this, AI should have never brought in a fourth judge to begin with as Kara screwed up the chemistry last season but to have a judge whose musical qualification is being a big music and idol fan? The last couple season I only watched because of the Simon/Paula interaction and now I won't be watching at all. I hope it tanks without Paula, especially after she raised her game last season and made some worthwhile comments.

    September 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Freida

    BIG MISTAKE! I think you have ruined the show by the two women that are now on. You should bend over backwards and try to get Paula back!

    September 11, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Joy

    I think Ellen is a funny lady, that will bring lots of joy to the American Idol panel, especially if sitting next to grumpy Simon. But...I have never heard, is she trained musically? Does she sing or play something besides wii? How can she judge musical talent if not musically trained? Shouldn't that be a consideration when picking a judge, or is she just idols atempt at being funny.

    September 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Watnen

    Good Lord! I can't believe anyone could be upset about this!
    Paula is the reaso people record A.I. , so they can zip past all of Paula's "comments" and get on with the show. She was a complete waste of time, and I would have stopped watchinf if they had kept her.
    Don't realy care about Ellen, but no one could be worse than Paula.

    September 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Close-up

    She likes music so much, her show's now being sued for non-payment of use. (She is an Executive Producer). I wonder how'd she like someone using clips of her without payment, since she needs this second job.

    September 11, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mary Jenkins

    Ellen is a loser comedian who will suck on Idol. All she will contribute will be stupid jokes to make herself feel like she is funny. I don't know anyone who would waste their time and watch her. Bring Paula back!

    September 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mary

    Very poor choice indeed. Never watch Ellens show now and will certainly not be interested in her or her stupid attempt at being funny on American Idol. Just do not care for her attempt at humor. Sorry but I think yoiu just lost a lot of viewers.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Robert White

    Why a forth judge? It screwed the show up last season. I will not watch.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Vicky

    Really in shock. Love Idol and watch faithfully performances of contestants. DeGeneres has no music background, no sense of musical performances. Watched on So You Think You Can Dance and she was a joke all by herself. There was no level of understanding on her part, nor could she constructively aid these performers in doing better. Whose idea was this?????

    September 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  40. shirley

    Bad choice picking ellen to replace paula.As for my family we will no longer watch the show.we dont support gays.the show has been good in the past seasons..but it looks like it is going downhill now.

    shirley

    September 11, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  41. Kitten

    Ellen was added to boost the ratings – plain & simple!

    September 11, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  42. Wendy

    SHAME ON ALL YOU NEGATIVE PEOPLE!!!

    We could all learn something from the sweet, positive, funny Ellen!

    September 11, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  43. Trish

    I heard a comment from someone on TV yesterday, and it really struck me as true. Ellen will be just fine. Come on, it's not rocket science. It's judging American Idol.

    September 11, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  44. janez walley

    I think the choice of Ellen as a judge is a TERRIBLE choice. My family will probably stop watching.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  45. Wendy

    I completely disagree with this article and opinion! I tHINK ELLEN IS THE BEST CHOICE THEY COULD HAVE MADE ! :) :) :) (I also felt that QUENTIN gave the idols some of the best advice last season!!!!) I love the perspective she wants to take as well, even if she is not a musical expert. I usually agree with her opinions as far as who she has invited onto her talk show! I will miss Paula, but I think Ellen will be even better. I think she will be better at letting the ones who don't do well or don't make it through down easily by saying something positive. I also think she will be far more entertaining than the Simon and Paula fights. ROCK ON! GO ELLEN! :) GO ELLEN! :)

    September 11, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  46. jgriffith3792

    I ALWAYS change the channel when I see or hear Ellen – can't stand her. And no, its got nothing to do with her lifestyle. She is a talentless self promoting hack that I find EXTREMELY annoying. Amazing that some folks find this woman "entertaining" or interesting.

    This reminds me of the Dennis Miller on MNF fiasco a few years ago.

    Bad, bad, bad choice. Don't know if I can stomach watching. .After 8 seasons of watch AI, don't think me and my house will not be watching anymore. Yuck!

    September 11, 2009 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  47. Alan

    Stupid""" Very Very Stupid. American Idol will now begin their swan song and the Producers (or Simon) will now lose a lot of crediblity with the show (that I still left). As a Music Artist and fan I see absoulutly no reason, no interest by a large number of AI fans to see this person (ED) to be on the show. I suspect that I know the reason why this is happening. I think what the show will find is this is a Huge mistake. So much for attempting a novelty stunt. Perhaps when Simon and the Producers see the major slip incthe ratings; Good Sense will return. Perhaps then we will have a true music show back.

    September 11, 2009 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  48. Joan Lumbard

    I was shocked that American Idol chose someone who has no music background, has not been a music performer, no recording experience, and is known only for her comedy show. What qualifies her to judge such a show that literally plays with the lives of contestants?

    Amereican Idol has been presented as a show to find the best young musical talent to represent to the world as America's example as the best we can offer. Now, not only have we compromised the judging process but also set forth the acceptance and promotion of an active lesbian woman. Don't you somehow question how this could happen?

    September 11, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  49. Ben

    ok....i know and agree to people who said that Ellen is not quallified to be a judge on AI. But Paula's comments in the show was always been how a contestant looks and most of the time she didnt make sense and just too far out there.

    Ellen has been in the entertaiment industry for quite awhile now. She may not be a singer but she is a performer and a very qualified at doing that. So maybe her comments would not be about the singing but maybe about the overall performance of a contestant.

    I know alot of you would agree that part of being a singer is also being a great performer. Yeah you can sing but if you cant perfrom then what would that do to your career? You might as well be a karaoke singer...

    So i say give her a chance...watch the show when the new season begin and if she sucks then she sucks....

    And to tell you the truth this kinda thng happened before....Remember when Heath Ledger was casted as the Joker? What did people say then when it was first announced and what those same people said after they saw his AWESOME performance?
    Im not comparing the late Ledger to Ellen (so dont bash me) but i am comparing the situation itself cause it is oretty nuch the same...

    September 11, 2009 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  50. deb

    I think she is a horrible replacement. Not that I was a huge Paula fan, but I would rather see Simon, Paula and Randy only. I have always been a fan of this show. I doubt I will watch this year.

    September 11, 2009 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. Michelle D

    Sometimes those that have no music experience have the most important opinion about the music itself..ellen is the consumer..if we look back at some of the finalists picked by the judges that all have music industry experience..we'll see that sometimes they don't always get it right either.

    September 11, 2009 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  52. Carson

    I think ellen would have been a better match for the seacrest spot, but not Paula. I think it will be a bad choice, she has no rhythm and can't even dance for heaven sakes. I won't be watching.

    September 11, 2009 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  53. Jeremy

    Oh, another thing for you all, the last time I checked, the judges only comment on the performances (once they get down to the final 24), they do not vote, YOU DO!!! So your the music industry know it all's? There is true talent in America, this is just another ploy by Ford, Coke and Fox to make an extra buck, open your eyes.

    September 11, 2009 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  54. Joe

    Paula was an extremely successful headliner. Paula was at one time an American Idol and they should get someone who has experienced that level of stardom to replace her. Ellen may also be very successful but not as a music performer. Bring Paula back or at least get a musical superstar to replace her. Like, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Gloria Estefan, LeAnn Rimes etc. Even some of the previous Idols like Kelly or Carrie would make more sense than Ellen.

    September 11, 2009 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jeremy

    Let's be honest, American Idol was never about the true singing ability. Out of 50+ thousand people at each city, they still find terrible singers to perform in front of the judges and boost ratings in try out weeks. If you honestly think they are looking for true talent, you should not be watching the show, they are about money, that's it. Paula added nothing to the show but comedic relief with her antics, so Ellen is her replacement, makes since. The show reached it's peak years ago and is surely close to an end. To all of you saying that you will never watch the show again, please, give me a break. You'll be right there watching as you have the past season's and calling in your votes. Ellen will bring something new to a dead show...who the hell cares anymore.

    September 11, 2009 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  56. John Abraham

    Wrong choice. I don't know much about her singing capabilities. I've not heard her sing. Maybe because I don't watch her show. I feel an idol judge should know some basic technical aspects of singing. I therefore feel she will not make a good judge. Moreover, she being "married" to another female friend will not go well with the "idol status" that America should be proud of.

    September 11, 2009 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  57. rob

    you just killed idol

    September 11, 2009 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  58. Kinsey

    I can't stand Paula, personally. I'm glad she is gone. I don't like Kara either. She's a cold, unfeeling, and emotionally distant. Simon tells the truth and I adore him. If he left, I would stop watching.

    I think Ellen will be a great addition to the show. She CAN give the contestants great advice on how to have a stage presence and how to perform to capture an audience's attention. It may be "a singing competition" but if you just stand there and do nothing, you will end up being a nobody.

    Just because Paula was in the industry at one time (and washed up), she was always zoned out like she was on drugs and offered absolutely nothing useful since maybe the first season.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  59. Carol

    Unbelievable! American Idol does not need a comedian to be a judge. If they must have a 4th judge, it should be a performer with experience like Paula. How unfortunate that the producers poor decision. They are making a joke out of the judging processand American Idol. How sad!

    September 11, 2009 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  60. Marilyn

    While Ellen is definitely not a "cruel" comedian, I have to wonder what she will offer the contestants other than humorous critiques of their singing and stage presence. She is an amazing performer and actress though, with years of experience on stage and in front of cameras. I absolutely adore her. I don't want to judge her until I see her interactions with the contestants. We may all be surprised.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  61. Gracie

    I can't wait to see Ellen on Idol. She's a fan so she can easily represent all us fans. I say they should get rid of Kara and bring back Paula and have Ellen as the forth judge. I love Ellen. She's my "idol!" I say it was a good idea.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  62. Joesy

    Ellen.............what are they thinking!!!!!!!!!! She is funny and all, but certainly not a practical choice as a judge on IDOL. Love you Ellen, but sorry...NOT!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  63. penelope smith

    It would be better if they brought back the original three judge format: Simon, Randy and Paula. Forget Kara and Ellen!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Dc

    Finally ! They got someone to represent what the public really thinks.
    Ellen will give an honest, living room audience's perspective.
    She may not be a "musician", but she is an artist. She's the most successful artist out of all the judgest. I believe with all her experiences, she will add that extra flavor and constructive criticism that these young artist need.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  65. MYK

    GREAT CHOICE. Its nice to know someone who is a true music fan, that will bring fun back to idol will be on the show. I am glad its not someone who will critique the song to the bare minimum. She is just like the average consumer who knows what, people who are not in the music business want. I will definitely start watching idol again!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Tami Rima

    I have been singing for years in a group. WE have traveled all over country singing I feel I would have more experience to be a judge than Ellen does. Why would anyone put her on as a judge who determines if someone is able to sing and be the next American Idol. If she truley is the judge next year I won't be watching any longer. All respect for the show has been lost.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Michele

    Wow, I love idol but not this season, without Paula I will not be watching!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  68. AG

    American Idol just wrote its death sentence. This can only lead to a disaster. I was looking forward to the show's return this year, but now I am greatly disappointed.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  69. bethany

    For God's sake people.....American Idol is a talent show for god sakes, don't take this show so seriously. The name of this show is even silly..."IDOL" .There is no reason why a comedian would not do a good job providing entertainment to the audience every bit as much as whack job Paula. People calling in decide who is going to win the thing anyway...what qualificaton do you at home have to be voting anyway?..perhaps if you can't sing well you shouldn't be calling in to vote. I really don't watch this show very much, but now I will as I think Ellen was a very good add.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Danielle

    I will not be watching this year either! My husband and I were upset with the Season Finale and debated not watching this year. This new announcement has made up both of our minds....they are turning this into a comedy act, not a talent show!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Beckie Garrett

    No, I don't think Ellen should be the 4th judge and I didn't really think Kara should have been on there last season. I think it should have stayed the way it was with Paula, Randy and Simon. I think Idol will
    fizzle out this season. I will watch in Jan. and see how it goes, but
    wasn't too happy with the addition of Kara last season and now that Paula is gone and Ellen is in that slot, I don't know if I will continue to watch and vote as I have for many seasons. I am a hugh fan, but that didn't qualify me to become a judge. I heard they wanted Ellen to get the fan prospective, well I thought that was what they get every time
    people call in and vote or text their vote, so what is the use of having
    fans vote if all they want is Ellen's "fan opinion" ???? Doesn't sound like they need my vote or anyone else for that matter.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Julie W

    I think it was a terrible decision to replace Paula Abdul with Ellen. Idol has just successfully ruined their show. Ellen's comments will be useless, pointless, and be just dumb jokes about something that has nothing to do with the show. It makes me not even want to watch. I am so glad I have a DVR though so just in case I do, I can speed through her useless chatter. I hope Simon boos her right off the set! I hate Ellen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Timothy

    Tell FOX to get off the butt and BRING PAULA BACK!!!! Point blank .... she has been there since the begining and has offered lots of advice. Paula, Simon, and Randy had a balance which was disrupted by bring Kara. Just bring Paula back and the show will be fine.

    I believe the show is on it was out ....

    September 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Julia, Pacific Palisades CA

    Ellen is a terrific choice. You bring up Paula Abdul? REALLY? Abdul's voice is nasally and not well trained. 80% of Idol rejects would have beaten her in head to head competition in the 80s (had any of them been born). Facing an audience? Ellen DeGeneres faces an audience everyday. She has for YEARS - live audiences. I stopped watching Idol after Paul Abdul started spinning too far out of control. It just got too weird. Ellen will be a refreshing addition. I expect the first couple of shows will be her getting settled - after that, this show will soar with her being on board. I don't know one Kara song, never heard of Simon Cowell or Randy Jackson (as a matter of fact, I thought he was Michael's brother for a while). It doesn't take a rocket scientist ot singer to know when a vocalist is good - if it took that, no one would be allowed to buy music and no one would be allowed to VOTE for their favorite performers on this show. Ellen will be like all of us at home. She'll be great and my family is looking forward to tuning back in to watch American Idol again with Ellen DeGeneres as one of its judges.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  75. R. Lewis

    I have watched my last Idol show.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Rob

    Ellen is a horrible choice! I think she has no insight to the success of the show. Ellen is a comedian, something she is very good at, but she has no musical talent. They should put past winners on as guest judge, and keep using guests like Victoria Beckham,Shania Twain, Kristen Chenoweth, and Mary J. Blige until they can find a decent replacement. I agree that they should get rid of Kara and go back to a 3 judge show. I think they should put veteran musicians from all different genres on as a 3rd judge(guest) and have that opinion change rapidly from multiple musical influences. Ellen's music career is about as big as Dr. Phil's. Horrible, horrible choice! What has gotten into people? Another Idol viewer is not going to watch season nine.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Dallas

    So many haters. Why wouldn't you just see how it goes before you decide once and for all that you're never watching Idol again? Relax.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Chris

    What were they thinking? I'd liked someone to explain why. I'm dazed and baffled. I don't get Ellen's humor at all and I have to ask if the idol contestants are going to get it either. Will she talk about herself, tell jokes or pay attention and give good advice. I'l give it a shot to watch and see, but....I don't think i'll watch.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Carri Hawkins

    Because Ellen will now be a fixture on the AI show, my husband & I will no longer watch American Idol and we will do our best to get others to boycott it as well. What a sad, unfair, and biased move on their part to pick Ellen who is so unapologeticly liberal & controversial. This is nothing short of being "in your face" propaganda to force America to embrace homosexual lifestyles....especially in light of California's recent vote to ban homosexual marriages. I hope America will not tune in so that the ratings plummet, therefore making this their last season ever. The media lords need to know that they can't do whatever they want without paying a price. Many Americans still serve a Higher Being and the show has been inconsiderate with regards to that.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Charlie Shupe

    leave Ellen alone, she is a great pick for amarican idol. Simon cant sing, so why is it that everyone is saying that Ellen should not be the new judge just because she is a comidean and she cant sing?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Woody

    Who cares? The show is horrible.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Allen Flikcinger

    Ellen is a terrible idea. Undiscovered talent is no longer the focus of the show. I will NOT be watching this year.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Robert

    Not happy at all with the choice to make her a judge. What qualifications does she have to be a judge for IDOL? She is more annoying than Paula!! Taking the show down the desperate road. SAD!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  84. BB

    ellen will bring me back to idol, i left it with the addition of the new female judge who is aaaawwwfffuuulll. ellen will be fun & kind

    September 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Donna

    I've watched every season and it has always been my favorite......just can't wait for each new season. You have lost me as a viewer (which I know doesn't really matter), but I think there will be many that agree with me and certainly hope the ratings hit rock bottom. #1 Xf fan

    September 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Jan

    I would have to say "wrong choice". She has a great talk show but as for judging on American Idol, I don't think she fits the bill. I will watch Idol but if there is to much comedy, then count me out.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Stacey

    As a huge Ellen fan and a 'so not' fan of American Idol, I will watch this season. You go girl!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Sue

    This is a game of pride. Wake up FOX!!!!! Get Paula back. Ellen is a respectable intelligent TV personality but taking her as judge as replacement for Paula is plain absurd, its a misfit. Doesnt make sense that you let go of Paula not wanting to give what she deserves and here you are paying for 2 people Ellen and Kara who just dont appeal to your loyal audience. Result? You're spending more while losing an important pillar and strong draw for IDOL. Thats pure insanity! bring back Paula and youre sure to save AI.

    For now without Paula. have no interest in watching the 9th season sorry.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Judy

    Why not Ellen? She will bring a lot to the show. She may not be a musician, but she sure loves music. Who better to judge than one who has spent her time listening to and loving music. She also knows what it takes, and what is required to perform.

    Don't write her off before she even gets started. I think she will do a great job, and judge fairly, and even bring some lightheartedness to the show without overpowering.

    I will now start watching it again.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  90. you dont need to know

    NO!! I WANT PAULA!!!! AAHHH!!! Just the three simon paula and randy No ellen (love her though) and NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Kara:((((

    September 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Bess

    I am so disappointed in AI. The show went downhill when they brought on the 4th "goofy" judge. Paula, Simon and Randy made such a good trio of judges – honest (which sometimes hurts) and incouraging. I have watched every season and my life got put on hold while AI was on. NOW, the complete downfall of the show – ELLEN. I cannot believe she was selected over Shania Twain. It is unreal. Twain knows the business. She would have been the perfect replacement for Paula (since there had to be one). Randy, Simon and Shania would have been a really good 3-judge panel. 3-judges is all that is needed – no less, no more. I just hope that another channel comes up with some good shows because I will need something to fill my time since I WILL NOT be watching AI this year.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  92. G!Force

    I think it's funnier than her or her show! Why not?

    September 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  93. G!Force

    I think the ratings will sore,good for business. However, janet jackson would be the "Right" choice, if the were SMARTER than a politician.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Martina

    Ellen is quirky confident and I like her show very much. I don't think she is the bets fit for IDOL. I guess if they want to change the dierection of the show it will either be a smash or the whole show will crash and be phased out. I honestly thought that Kara was on the show last year to get people used to the idea that Paula wasn't going to be around this season. I don't know what is wrong with her, but she looked high or drunk almost every episode last season. She was obviously a liability to the show. I will say that if Ellen ever diagrees with Simon, those interactions will be a little more even sided than whenever Paula stood up to him.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Red in Denver

    Being a judge is nothing more than giving your opinion of the perforrmances. I don't think 'music industry' experience is necessary.

    Anyone not blind or tone-deaf should be able to see if someone has/doesn't have talent, does/does not sing off-key, does/does not have stage presence, etc. etc.

    Being a COACH (Quentin Tarantino) would require more knowledge and 'gut instincts'. I saw the show with Quentin Tarantino and wondered why in the world they chose him to coach, when he is not a professional singer - something all of the other coaches were. Quentin had nothing of value to contribute.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Martha

    I think Ellen will be as good as Paula was. She made me uncomfortable being "Miss Goody Two Shoes". I thought her singing was for the birds. Paula could dance but that's all. I believe Ellen will be honest which is what Simon and Kara do. Go Ellen!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Ian

    Ellen is not a good choice. She is not a musician and has obviously been hired to introduce a little comedy relief. I imagine the other three judges are more than a little bemused. As for Ellen's comical skills. I find her unfunny. I think she is a nice lady, friendly and mildly amusing – but funny... no. When she hosted the Academy Awards, she couldn't bring much more that polite laughter from the audience. If American Idol wants to add a comedy then the producers should choose a real comic, Robin Williams, would be hilarious. I think the producers should choose a musician, someone experienced, someone not doing much at the moment, someone who would be strict but kind and that someone, I think, could be......................you tell me.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  98. mindy

    To your point, Pauls's lackluster singing career hardley 'qualified ' her to be a judge either yet she was so I am sure Ellen can do atleast that good! Probably better since she has a more level head on her shoulders! This year may be the year I actually watch the entire season!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Leslie

    I will definately watch now! I love Ellen and even though shes not a singer, she can speak for the regular joes; you know a lot of the times we dont agree with the judges people!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Eve

    I for one want be watching American Idol. I don't watch Ellen Degeneress's talk show and I sure want watch her on American Idol

    September 10, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Pedro

    Even if the public is who does the voting, the judges steer them in the right direction telling them what they need to do to get better.

    American Idol being a singing competition, doesn't need a reality show as a judge, need someone that has worked or is still working in the music industry.

    Heck, Reba McEntire would do a better job.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Mary

    Not a good choice. She is too popular and will take away from the show. The show should not always be about the "Judge".

    September 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Dixie

    When I heard Ellen is going to be on AI I'm like "What the Hell" I could not believe that of all people that she would be picked to be a judge.
    I don't care for Ellen, don't watch her show or anything that she is on. In my opinion last year was the best year ever. Don't know how they will top last year's show. I have never missed a year yet. My first thought was that i'm done with AI but if I do watch at all, I will tape it and fast forward through Ellen's face and anything she has to say. I more than likely will not bother to watch and really hope that the ratings drop greatly.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  104. David F

    Perhaps what American Idol needs is EXACTLY what Ellen will bring: A layman's perspective to the show of someone who is NOT in the music industry, yet has a notion of what sounds appealing based on what she likes and would buy in the stores. Honestly, Simon and the rest can praise the singers all day long, but I haven't felt the urge to really run out and buy any of the albums any of them have put out. If people can't understand why she was a smart pick, really, there's nothing more that can be said to any of you. If you're against her because Paula's gone but won't say that out loud, get over it. She's not coming back.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Ruth

    Inspired!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Sheryl

    Horrible choice. This might just be the end of Idol.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  107. ifsofacto

    Ellen? Ellen?!!
    I would rather see Paula mad and trussed up vertically on a gurney ranting and drooling any day than see that permanent glazed sneer that is Ellen's trademark expression. Paula could be on a full on crazy break and still be more lucid on the musical talent of the contestants.

    Is Ellen a music professional? No.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Irene Helm

    I think Ellen will be great as the new judge. She will bring a lot of fun to the show and she will be very fair. She is a great person.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  109. leesa

    I'm done watching. It's supposed to be a show about judging talent, and Ellen doesnt' have the necessary skills to do so. I think they've made a HUGE mistake!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Autumn

    good people of this blog, I know that many of you think, "why her!? why not someone more experienced instead of a comedian?! all she has to bring to the table is her "love for music" and her comedic backround!" but if you think about it, why do we judge something before we even see it? can't we give a change a chance? I remember when I first saw the trailer for transformers (I know, getting off track, but hear me out.). I always thought to myself, "why, for all that is good in the world, would someone spend money making a movie that is probably going to fall flat. no one wants to see a movie that wasn't popular in the shows. I hated the shows because they were just cheesy to me." but then when it started to come out, i changed my mind and went to it. now it's one of my favorite movies.
    so why am i talking about this? to just point out that maybe this does seem stupid, that this doesn't add up. maybe you're thinking that America is already goofed up and this doesn't seem out of the ordinary. but if you were to give this just one small chance, maybe, just maybe, your views might change. and if they don't? that's okay too.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Dawn

    Love Ellen as a judge, it will be a bonus to hear someone speak in complete sentences, let's face it, Paula was getting pretty unbearable and uncomfortable to watch...it was sad.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Aimee

    What difference does it make who they pick, the fans do the voting. HOnestly after the final week of tryouts they don't even need judges...

    September 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Angie

    Loving music does make you a musician and certainly does not qualify to critique and judge their ability. I listen to Randy because he has experience in this field. I want to hear his opinion. I do not care what a comedian thinks of someone's musical ability. I would have preferred an unknown person who is involved in the music business in some way. Bad idea Idol. :(

    September 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Brianna

    I love Ellen don't get me wrong but i really can not see her as a judge on AI... I can see her being a judge on So you think you can dance instead.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Jeff

    Fox stumbled with Kara; with Ellen, they've fallen into the abyss. Someone over at Fox must be a mole for CBS working to plummet ratings.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Wayne

    I consider this a horrible decision. What qualification does she retain to be a judge, other than a loud mouth. Clearly the decision to add Ellen was a desperate and hopeful attempt to prop up their ratings. I'll switch the channel.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Mike

    Horrible choice, I really can't stand Ellen DeGeneres.

    Bring back Paula!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Donna POTTS

    What does Ellen know about musical performance? What advice can she give?

    September 10, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  119. James

    Stupid move Idol! I like Ellen on her show from time to time... but what credibility does she have in the music business... We put up with Paula and grew to love her... at least she was in the industry... We think Simon is mean, but he makes the show and Randy may not always get it right, but he knows his stuff. Shoot, I'll even take Kara as the third judge... But Ellen??? How could Simon allow this??? What were they thinking??? I will probably not watch once she joins the show... this is like Drew Carey replacing Bob Barker... in the end, it just won't work.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Curtis

    I like Ellen and think she is funny. But this is the wrong person to fill those shoes. Either Fox is trying to liven up the show with comedy or they are sticking it to Middle America’s favorite show by putting a lesbian on it. There are tons of "Out of Work" Musical stars that could do sooo much better.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Bub

    Don't watch the show, as I think it's a sad commentary on the state of popular music and how we choose to hold reality competitions for pretty-much anything people can be judgmental about (which is pretty-much... well, anything).

    Knowing that Ellen has chosen to become part of this monstrosity has made me lose respect for her, on several levels.

    I only hope this choice will be the nail in the coffin for this awful excuse of reality television, and we'll get a free time slot open for something worth watching.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Kelvin

    I find this to be a very polarizing choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Chris

    What a waste of time – I have watched the show since it began! I am not sure I will tune in this season – what does she bring to the table? NOTHING!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Anita

    I'm out! I'm not a TV fan anyway. Commercialism has taken over and I refuse to tape everything just so I don't have to watch the ads. American Idol has been the only show I've followed for the past several years but I'm gone if Ellen's there. If I wanted to watch a comedy show I would tune to the comedy channel.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Sarah

    Ellen said herself that she plans to bring the average viewer's opinion to the table...someone who might (or might now) buy the music.

    I think that's missing from the judges...

    September 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Jan

    Ellen doesn't seems to have any credentials for judging singing talent; being in front of crowds of people doesn't give her credibility. Her humor will have no value on Idol, and I figure she'll probably try to make it "all about her" with her comments. Very sorry Idol suits thought she'd be a good choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  127. skwissgaar

    Would you have Celine Dion judge a contest about comedians?

    September 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Krazax

    One word: Scapegoat. She is a terrible choice. Barf. No interest to watch.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Sue

    Ellen, I love your humor, but not on American Idol. Sorry, I think it was a mistake.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Jennifer

    It's time for American Idol to be over with!!! It is no longer about who is the best performer/singer it's all just a popularity contest, and the best singers don't even win. It is time to call it quits!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  131. kyle

    I too am a big fan of Ellen. I enjoy her humor and try and watch her show if I can since it is one of the only lighthearted and positive news/talk shows currently on TV. I don't understand why Idol felt adding a comedian to the mix was necessary. There are plenty of talented musicians that could have added fresh perspectives to an otherwise dying show. It's clear that Idol is attempting to go in a different direction to attract more viewers which will in turn increase their advertising dollars resulting in more profits for FOX.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Sheila Baker

    It's not as if Paula Abdul had that much singing talent. She was medicore at best whereas Ellen is an extemely funny person who is used to performing in front of large groups. I think she'll be a great addition and I may even watch the show more now! I think Paula will be a much better fit on Dancing with the Stars as that's her real talent.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Denise

    Ellen is not the right choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Joyce

    Absolutely. She will be a great addition. I think Ellen will be a kind and honest judge of talent.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  135. roberta savard

    yay, love the choice. adds a whole new look and feel to the show. i am thrilled that paula is gone. paula's comments were the ones that were useless – airy fairy.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Dave

    I think this was the "jump the shark" moment as they say in the entertainment business. It's all down hill from here.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Allen S. Kimball

    I have never watched the show, but have seen and heard things about it. You can drop Paula, Kara, AND Ellen and add someone like Whitney or SeaLion Dion, and it will make no difference. As a poet/singer/songwriter, I'll say this. This show is not about talent – it is about MONEY. Taking the losers out on tour and having the venues charge an arm and a leg to see them? This show was made to make millions for the producers and the sponsors. I think the old Ted Mack's Amateur Hour or Name that tune were better judges of talent.
    Unfortunately now the money gets in the way and clouds everything. Best choice? Dump the show and try to put on something honest for a change. Fat Chance of that!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Derek

    The judges don't even judge! They are just commentators. Since when was any advice given by the judges other than Simon worth a cent? Paula may have contributed somehow to the show (I don't really think she did, though), but it wasn't because of her musical background. All Randy ever says it "nice, dawg" or "I wasn't feelin' it, dawg." Not particularly deep. Ellen might make the show more entertaining, which is what the show is really about.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Jim

    At the risk of being repetitive ... what in the world were they thinking!?!? It will certainly affect (as in decrease) my interest in watching the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Charlie

    THIS is a JOKE!!! She is a moron who strains to be funny. I couldn't think of a worse judge to be on AI. I'm gone and after other people see this idiot, the show will go off the air. The person who picked her must have been the same wacko person who put her in Disney's Epcot Center.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Bo

    I guess she's better than Rosie!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Kriss

    I was stunned to see this. Although I am a huge Ellen fan, I don't see her fitting in where Paula left off. She is not in the music business. She is in basic show business as a comedian/talk show host. I think this was a bad move on the part of 19. Idol fans won't leave, but they won't be happy campers.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Jakers

    ellen is no less qualified than paula was. probably more so because she was never a crappy recording artist. when idol first sired and i heard pabdul was a judge i thought, "wuh??? if you're gonna scrape the bottom of the 80's barrel, why not say, Tiffany? At least she could sing a little..."

    anyway, ellen will be better if for no other reason than she'll be conherently sober.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Pete

    Now get rid of Jackson , Cowell and DioGuardi and I might start watching the show again. Ellen is not the right replacement, but getting rid of those other three would be the best thing that ever happened to the show. At least Ellen will add some comedic entertainment. I am SO TIRED of the same old "poop" from those other three. Bring in some fresh blood.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  145. India

    I left AI a few seasons ago out of boredom – this will bring me back (to see Ellen). It doesn't matter if the judges have experience or not. The people choose who wins – and at least Ellen won't be drunk or drugged during the show!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  146. MM

    What are you guys thinking? I agree getting rid of sorry, unless Paula, but Helen. Please you are going to loss tons of viewers. This moves makes no sense.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Javier

    I agree, Ellen has no history or experience with music! Paula was nice but she would call out contestants on pitch and either being flat or sharp while singing. I have some musical background and she would call out things that even I wouldnt pick up! I could imagine Ellen with NO musical background, critiquing contestants on their singing. It's going to be interesting...

    September 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  148. JJ

    She's an idiot and has no qualifications. I'll stop watching the show with her as a judge.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Barbara

    I love Ellen. Been a big fan of hers long before she became "big". I think that this is the wrong gig for her. I love American Idol and have watched it since it came on the air. The chemistry between the three judges, Randy, Paula and Simon was wonderful and an addition to the show. Kara did nothing for the show and while I love Ellen she is not a music person... just a regular listener with not much to contribute. I don't know if I'm going to watch AI this year... not unless there is another Adam Lambert waiting in the wings.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Pat

    I think that the only draw back about having Ellen as a judge is that she'll be so entertaining that she'll distract us from the contestants.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Michael

    This is absurd and ridiculous-enough said. HUGE MISTAKE! Why couldn't they pull in a real, experienced, highly respected musician instead of a wannabe comedian. I won't be viewing Idol....wait, I don't watch it anyway.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  152. crisjas

    Now I'm definitely done with idol. A comedian? Give me a break.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Corey

    Totally don't get it. I know she likes music & dance but she's neither. She's a comedian with a talk show which I like but not for this.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Ryder

    I concur with the author of this article. I love Ellen very much and appreciate her candidness and humor on all levels...she is truly a role model for many people. I do, feel, she is a wrong "fit" for this role. Since this is mainly a singing competition, where does Ellen fit into this?

    I'm sure I'll laugh, but I might be tuned out because much of it won't make any sense to the nature of the show. Kira is a good "fit" because she is a singer and songwriter; however, when and where has she performed? I have never heard of her prior her inception to "Idol."

    The producers really need to get a true performer as a permanent judge. Makes sense, right??!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Paul

    Why not just bring back a former Idol winner to be guest judge for a year (replaced yearly with another former winner). You would have a judge that is worthy, knows the pain of success and who has been voted for by the majority of Idol fans.
    Wake up producers and Fox network!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  156. DR

    3 was enough !!!!! This 4th was a verrrrrrry baaaad decision !!!
    DR

    September 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Syl

    Does the station need ratings? I love Ellen but she is clueless and not a good choice for American Idol.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  158. modean gunk

    Well, they just lost me. I've watched since the beginning, including the pre-shows where they show the auditions. Have bought most of the CD's the winners recorded. But I'm gone. Ellen doesn't do it for me. Sure, Paula was like a talking seal sometimes, but at least she had a little musical bckground.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  159. JIMMY

    I love Idol, hate Ellen. What a horrible decision. I don't even want to watch now just because of her. Just go with the 3 left.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Carol

    I think Ellen is great and she certainly can get people laughing and in a positive mood. I just do not get it as far as being a judge. All of the judges have experience with music and are totally gifted. She has the gift of making people laugh. I am sure she would be a good critic but does she know a star when she sees them? I guess we will find out!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  161. warren smith

    bad move

    September 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Michelle

    I love Ellen but I does she have any background in singing??? Other than what she does on her show?

    September 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  163. AJ

    When Ellen was a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance, she was terrible. Her comments were meaningless to the competitors and, most of the time, were not funny. She has no signing experience so I cannot imagine what she will bring to the judge's table on American Idol. They needed someone who could provide constructive criticism to the contestants to enable them to become better singers, not someone who will simply pander to the crowd and provide humor.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Lynner

    I think it was a terrible choice. One of the worst possible. I will not watch the show, it's become a farce now, having a judge that has no musical experience what so ever.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  165. praneeta

    Ellen is going to join after the prelims are over, after that there is no judging, its us folks voting or 'judging' who gets to stay. As such I really dont mind who is in the fourth judge seat...so why not Ellen, I say keep that fourth judge seat rotating each year!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  166. pegmo

    Cool. I love Ellen. What's the big deal??? America doesn't always agree with the judges' comments anyway. She will bring some entertainment value to the show.

    Paula was great, but Ellen will be better. Besides, the show really needed an upgrade.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Debbie West

    I think Ellen would be great at just about anything. She does know the entertainment industry and her personality can take her anywhere.

    My only concern is that she is used to mainly being "funny". Not sure how she'll like having to be the "bad guy" with giving negative feedback.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  168. cindy

    I'm sure the choice of Ellen was to put a lttle "warm and fuzzy" between Simon and Randy. The formula works well for AGT, with soft-hearted Sharon Osborne between two men, especially when one is another snotty Brit. I do think there is some grit behind the smile though, or she wouldn't still be around in this business. Besides, I hardly see how Ellen could do any worse than loopy Paula, who let's face it, was no super vocalist. If her peformance on "So you think..." was forced, I'm sure it's because she felt out of her depth but felt compelled to earn her paycheck the best way she knew how. Question: Does anyone like Kara?

    September 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  169. warren smith

    very very bad move

    September 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Kishore

    I think all AI contestants should flat out refuse to be judged by the talent-less Ellen. If I am a contestant and if Ellen makes one bad remark about my singing, I would ask her point blank what the heck does she know about singing.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  171. yingxyang

    I think Idol is due for a bigger change than the addition of the fourth judge brought. This is certainly a big change. Good or Bad remains to be seen. i like Ellen, but i'm not sure she's good for this venue...mostly based on the "so you think you can dance" stint. I personally am skeptical...but i'll give it a chance.

    September 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Mark

    I for one am happy...another soon to be dead reality tv show...

    Actually cannot believe people watch Reality TV – geezus...talk about wasting time – watching other people and media's interjection into their lives to create hype to get a number...

    Geezus...turn the freakin thing off and spend time talking and spending time with your spouse in your own reality show...with all the ups/downs spins and rewards...you might not have to rediscover each other...

    September 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Theresa

    Really surprised about this decision. What will she offer the show? You can't laugh at the contestants or joke about them, so what is the contribution? I think she is terrific on her show, but maybe we should rethink this one?

    September 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Brenda

    I love the change- she is funny & entertaining- I truly think she will speak for us non singers that watch~

    September 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Albert

    HUGE, HUGE,GIANTIC, ENORMOUS MISTAKE!!!!
    What on earth is going on to choose Ellen for a judge for a singing contest? Not to mention that she is just plain sickening, not funny, not cool and definitely not acceptable for me and my family to watch. Guess that we will find something else to do or something else to watch when American Idol is on this year. This makes me heart sick and just plain mad to see the show ruined in this way. Are all of you people who made this decision a bunch of idiots? I GUESS SO!!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Ginger

    I love Ellen.... let's give her a chance. She might be a great new addition; I was tired of sappy Paula.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Grammi

    Was she picked because she is a lesbian?
    I don't think this is a forum for a comedy act? She is a confused and unhappy person in her personal life and I do not think she brings anything to the table. It stumps me as to why her?

    September 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Fran

    Who is the idiot or idiots who made this decision. It was bad enough adding Kara but now Ellen? I think I'll check out the other channels.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Carol J. Oakley

    I will not be viewing Idol anymore. The lifestyle of this judge is not sending a good message to any participating or winning idol.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Jackie

    I have a one word comment....STUPID!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Katherine

    What the heck is Idol thinking? I don't get it...I say get rid of Kara and Ellen and bring Paula back. Of all the people in the music world and you get someone with no qualifications. Shouldn't the judges have some musical knowledge to be able to judge the talent? Isn't this supposed to be about the contestants or is the show going to be all about the judges?

    September 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Yuna

    I used to love Idol too, but this announcement made my heart drop down to my stomach. So much for Idol!!! No offense to those who love Ellen, but I really do not think she is right for this show, and personally, I don't find her funny.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  183. CRA

    Does it really matter if an Idol judge knows anything at all about music? Randy Jackson is a well know music producer and other than being able to recognize that someone is "pitchy", he doesn't ever seem to offer any useful advice. Simon's function seems to merely sneer at people and make rude comments. Paula basically was a cheerleader but has over the years become more and more incoherent. As for Kara frankly I didn't watch much of last year's show but she seemed the most helpful when I watched. Ellen will at least offer a coherent charm and can be seen as the fan representative on the panel. After all it is the public who choses the Idol winners and you don't need to be able to carry a tune in bucket to chose the Idol winner.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Billy ray

    She is twice as good as the idiot she replaced.
    She has more credibility than the people who think they can sing.
    After all this show sucks with the talent that go on it.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  185. lk

    It's already bad enough with Kara, I'm sure this hiring is another case of affirmative action at work. . After all every show today has to have it's token gay or lesbian character. Stick a fork in this show, it's done!! A t least Perez Hilton will have nothine to whine about

    September 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  186. crazio

    Did you forget that Ellen is from New Orleans, and everyone that grew up in this area knows music whether it be professionally learned or not! It's just a way of life here. I think she will be wonderful!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  187. M.J.

    Terrible choice. I guess American Idol will have one less fan this season.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  188. VIC

    You've got to be kidding? She knows less about music than I do. It's not a show trying to find the best new comic it's a singer!!!!!! I'm afraid they are going to lose a lot of fans.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Carolyn

    How many times has Simon Cowell said "This is not a singing competition, we're looking for someone who has IT" – I think that Ellen is now the most qualified on the panel to judge the "IT" factor. She's performed stand-up in front of thousands of people and certainly knows about stage presence and winning over an audience. I think you've got 3 music industry experts and now an entertainment expert. All of the kids on AI can sing, the one who wins is the one that entertains the audience the most. Congrats to AI for finally recognizing the entertainment factor and bringing on someone who knows a thing or two about commanding an audience!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Nicole

    She knows the entertainment business so she is appropriate. She knows what sounds good and what doesn't that is all you need. Just because you are not in the "music industry" doesn't mean anything. No offense to Randy but "pitchy" means absolutely nothing in the world of voice....he knows what sounds good and that is good enough, but he is not an "expert" on vocals, nor is anyone else up there.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  191. BillH

    As a sidebard note in regard to Ellen DeGeneres, I have seen her talk show which includes her signature "dances." This women is an embarrassment and should not be encouraged to continue these routines. As for American Idol, I predict that she'll become more and more stale as the season progresses.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Lorenzo

    American Idol can is the number one show. They should pay all 3 judges top dollar. I like Ellen, however I am on Team Paula. Fox is always messing up a good line up. IE The Martin Show and Living Single.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Ger

    I think Ellen will add some lightness to the show, BUT I'm not watching it anymore because the judging is just too much like bickering siblings – Ellen could lighten it up, but I think these judges should take some lessons from the judges of So You Think You Can Dance – neat folks, know their business and they do their thing without tantrums, name calling, back biting and bickering – who woulda' thought!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  194. PookOnThePlate

    Stupid decision. She is an idiot.
    I'll probably stop watching the show now.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  195. debbie

    why do you have to ruin a great show like american idol with ellen degenerate. I looked forward to american idol coming on each week you just ruin that for me thanks

    September 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Mickey

    This was a dumb move on their part. She has no experience in the music industry like the others do. If they wanted a 4th judge the least they could do was to get someone who is another expert in the music business. I've watched American Idol since it began but definitely won't be watching this year.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Scott

    I think Ellen is a fantastic choice! I think she will get a long with the audience and Idols really well. She'll bring something to idol that idol has never seen before! A different mix of humor even between Simon and the gang. Can't wait to watch!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Weavie

    Although she is a great Comedian, I cannot understand why she was picked for a judge? Are they doing it to boost ratings maybe? That's like asking Cher to judge a pie eating contest.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Mike

    I love Ellen, but this reminds me of when Monday Night Football brought on Dennis Miller. He was entertaining at first, but then the act got old.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  200. gingerpeachy

    I agree, Ellen is the wrong choice but, on the other hand, anyone with a brain is better than Paul.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Norma

    Do not care for Ellen and definitely don't think she is one to be guiding young people.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  202. JD

    I disagree with this decision and do not think she fits the requirements to judge others on their singing and vocal talents. I think that this is a huge disappointment to the show. To me it is the same as replacing Ryan Seacrest with Bill Mayer. Just doesn't fit in thats all.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Sandra from North Carolina

    I don't really get the connection between Ellen (a great comedian and spokesperson of those "coming out") and young singers trying to reach stardom thru....singing...It's almost like they are trying to make a joke out of one of my favorite shows. I never thought of Idol as a comedy...I'll miss the great "tension" that Paula and Simon brought to each show....But I'll still tune in. I like to give people a chance

    September 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Cinda

    Now that I know who will replace Paula, I won't be watching American Idol this year or any year after as long as SHE is on the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Mel

    I will not watch Idol anymore. Ellen is too annoying. She thinks she is funny. I can already tell she is going to make this show about HER and not the CONTESTANTS. Very sad and horrible choice for the producers to make. HUGE MISTAKE. I am hoping they see it with the drop in next seasons ratings!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Jeanne

    I like Ellen ALOT but......I don't know if I will be able to take her critique seriously? How can anyone? She is a comic! I think they should have asked David Foster if he wanted to do it. He knows talent when he hears it. He has produced the greats in the music industry (ie; Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Charice, Whitney Houston to name a few) and he would have been the best choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Mary T

    Ok, I will give Ellen the benefit of the doubt....but please get rid of
    Kara! She truly does does nothing for panel. I actually watched less
    of the show last season.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Julie

    they made the RIGHT choice, I was actually done with watching Idol after last year, but this will make me an Idol fan again!!!!! Great choice

    September 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Schugster

    I LOVE Ellen! I think she'll add intelligence and common sense to this show... I can't wait to watch her in action!!!! I think she'll do well representing us "common folk" who don't know much about the music industry, but we definitely know what we like AND what type of music we'll BUY.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Chris

    I think Ellen is a bad choice for an American Idol judge. What on earth does she know about pitch and range when it comes to voice? I may end up not watching too much of Idol in the future. Kara left me cringing last season. Sorry, don't like her.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Bunny Bouvette

    I like Ellen Degenerous on her own show but think she will be a disaster on American Idol. What in heavens name does she know about music. The producers would of been far better off to pick any professional musician than Ellen as at least they know something about music!!! She won't have a clue what she is talking about. It certainly will take the expectation away from what the show is really all about and also will curtail my enthusiasm about watching the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  212. JHines

    ????????????

    September 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Don

    Ellen- Another excuse not to watch. Why not Dick Cheney?

    September 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Paul

    HAH! One final comment: get rid of Kara and bring on Rosie O'Donnell along with Ellen and we got a comedy show. Whoops, sorry – forgot this was supposed to be a show about "TALENT"

    September 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Peter

    Hmm ... I'll have to see the show before I make any judgments, but at first blush this is not a smart idea. To retain credibility the show must have expert judges, not wisecrackers. The fireworks and the entertainment should come from the contestants and the music, not from the judges.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Barry

    She doesn't sing and she has no music training. She doesn't produce also so other than being funny and married to DelaRosa what's is the point here?

    September 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  217. PJ

    ITS DENNIS MILLER ALL OVER AGAIN

    September 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Christina

    I love Ellen but this makes NO sense?! This is show is grasping at straws.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  219. jen

    Of course! Ellen will be honest and hilarious – can't wait!

    September 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Patrick

    Wow, you people have ISSUES.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Ann Lauer

    Hmmmm...guess last year was the last year of watching Idol for me. Sorry. Bad Choice..Good thing there are alot other choices on TV for me.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Aaron

    Jumped the shark.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  223. cd

    i'm not sure what's funny about her, she does quirky and odd things, which seems similar to Paula, and she won't copy Randy, which doesn't sound like Paula, but what does she add? Could it be in the same way they scripted Paula the last year, they are putting in judges to make Cowell look if not nice, at least competent? Seems possible.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  224. deet

    WOW! What about Gladis Knight, Dina Ross , Patty Labelle!,Dolly Parton, ETC! They all are SINGERS!! That is what the judges JUDGE!! I hope this is a one time job!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Chris

    Definitely a wrong choice. I love Ellen's show but what does she know about music? Isn't there a record producer or recording artist out there willing to fill the slot? Don't really care much for Kara either.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Yvonne dutch girl

    I love Ellen, but on her own show, she has no experience in music, so they might sas well put me on the judges panel
    Not a good decision, there are a lot of quilified people and singers who would enjoy being the judge

    September 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  227. holob

    it is a stupid choice, DeGeneres is useless. another waist of time, how about more singing....

    September 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Norma Criscola

    I like Ellen very much, however, I agree with most that she does not have the know how to give the critique required for a judge. Wrong move, I guess that's it for me and AI. Too bad I have been watching AI since it started. But maybe it's time to move on. Good luck!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Don

    STRANGE! Why someone who is NOT in the music industry?

    September 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Barbara

    I think it's great that they chose someone not in the music industry. Most of the fans do not have a musical or performer background but yet we know what we like. I thnk Ellen with add humor to a sometimes very boring show. Simon is going to be pushed aside a bit too. Bring it on Ellen!!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Gabriella

    HUGE mistake!!! You can guarantee I won't be watching it now forsure. Why her??? I hope their ratings totally drop now!!! Would serve them right for not wanting to pay Paula's asking salary.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Margie

    I guess American Idol will be one show I WONT Be watching. I enjoyed the mix of Paula Reggie and simon. But Ellen!! Give me freaking Break!! I dont even watch her show, and when she was on So you think you can Dance, she was stupid. How can she critique a singer, something she has never been. I guess Fox simply decided to give American Idol a slow death. and it is not fair to the contestants. If Fox is trying to win favor with the gay population do it on another show! ie. Adam was the best and most talented contestant last year, but he didnt win!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Elisabeth

    Ellen is an entertainer. She will make a good judge on AI because it is an entertainment show. You don't have to personally be a singer to be able to identify talent.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Beverly

    Give me a break......Ellen NO. won't be watching IDOL anymore and I really enjoyed it but already going down the tubes without Paula.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  235. courtney duesing

    Terrible decision. I like Ellen, but she's a completely inappropriate choice for a music talent judge. I give Idol one season with her on it before the show becomes a joke. What were they thinking???

    September 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Just-My-Opinion

    I love Ellen. I think she will be fantastic. She will breathe new life into a dying dinosaur.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  237. ken

    at last the show can be what it has always been A BIG JOKE, why aren't you people tired of young screamer trying to have a big voice. The wanna be's of the world suck. Of all the previous "contestents " who is a mega star WHO no one thats WHO and why, because they are marginal at best much like the judges were and are, so again guys, EXPECTATIONS!!!! same as always, make simon rich and find another Leno look a like who really should be telling jokes in some cellar then trying to sing. oops!! another winner who made it biiiiiiig. sorry mindless fans the sooner its off the air the better. Ellen may help that GOD BLESS HER :)

    September 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Tigger

    OMG what a terrible choice. I have always loved American Idol , however with this announcement my watching the upcoming season is very questionable. Of all the people in the world to have as a judge a comedian who knows what about music. I hate this choice and wish that the powers that be would have thought harder about it

    September 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Shirley

    Ellen as a judge on AI... this is a joke, right? What a pathetic choice for a singing competition to have a comedianne, who knows nothing about singing, as a judge. No offense to Ellen, she's great in her own venue. Last season was my last AI.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  240. littlebit

    Don't get it. She has nothing to do with the music industry. Wouldn't be able to take anything she says seriously. I won't be watching anymore. They should have just kept it at 3 judges and called it a show.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Annette

    For those true Idol fans, it shouldn't matter who the judges are, it's suppose to be about the contestants. So if you want to stop watching, that's your loss and you were probably looking for an excuse to stop watching anyways, just using Ellen as a scape goat. I was a Paula fan and I'm an Ellen fan; it's not rocket science to judge what music sounds better and Ellen can be the audience's voice and add some humor to reflect Simon's job of ripping people's hopes. So if you are a true idol fan, it shouldn't matter who judges, it's about the entertainment, and fans get votes too.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  242. John

    HORRIBLE (as Simon will say). Ellen has no music experience or background to judge the contestants. Come on!!! This the most ridiculous stupid choice. And I agree with the others, they should have let go that Kara stupid judge, save that money and just pay whatever Paula was asking. Just the 3 original judges and that's it. Now they should be prepared to lose many many Idol viewers including myself and so many others I know here in Dallas and I bet in the rest of the world... This is the beginning of the end for Idol... sad to say.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Kim

    Yes In my opinion Ellen will be a fresh fun addition to Idol. They need that! The show was starting to be a real bore with the same judges. I could almost predict what Paula would say every time....and I adore her. It will definitely be interesting to see how Ellen deals with Simon lol.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Ken Shaw

    Paula, YES-–Ellen, UGHHHHHHHHH

    September 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Jeanne

    Definitely falls into the "What were they thinking?" category.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  246. pat

    no, ellen is not what they need. i am sorry but she drives me nuts. she is not at all attractive and i have never really seen any musical talent out of her. i think she may even take ratings away from idol. i know i won't be able to watch it as much with her on it.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Kristy

    this is not a comedic forum. if it were, Ellen would fit the bill. This is a talent music program. I have watched from the beginning as well, and admit, I am not qualified, to judge these talented, some of them, people. While, I won't say I'm not going to watch, cause, I sure am, but, I hope Ellen, can keep it just to the music. NO COMEDY, THANKS

    September 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Janet

    Trying to keep the viewers by using a much watched TV personality. They can try but I do not think it will work. Get rid of Kara!!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Karen

    Guess I will be watching something else this year...never did and never will like Ellen.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Paul

    Huhhhhhhh? It's painful to watch my favorite show die what will be a slow death :(

    September 10, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Herbert Cottrill

    Poor choice...SHould have maintained the original threesome (Paula, Randy, and Simon). I did not care for the same comments over and over and over from Paula, BUT–she knows music and her overall positive comments or negative comments were worth attention.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Amy

    I like Ellen and have from her early stand-up days. However, I like many others, are unsure how this will turn out. I think 3 judges were best, and really don't think it'll be the same without Paula. Who knows? I will certainly watch and see what happens. Maybe the ride will be fun.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  253. John

    Ellen is cool and all but I think that her being added as a replacement to Paula is bad. The show will not be the same. It'll be a joke!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  254. JASON

    SORRY, DON'T GET IT EITHER.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Ayesha

    I love Ellen, she'll be great!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Tammy

    I stopped watching AI a couple years ago... I don't care one way or another.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  257. MM

    She knows about as much about music as I do about being a lesbian!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  258. LK

    I saw her on So You Think You Can Dance as well. She was totally useless as a judge. If I didn't know better I'd think she was just adding her comments to promote a comedy tour coming up. She'd be better of hosting where comments like that are better served. Leave the judging to those who have knowledge.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Ash

    Also, I gotta say, the fact that anyone is hyperventilating over a change of "cast" (yes, they're a cast), on American Idol is pretty ridiculous. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE JUST TERRIBLE!!!!!

    wow...

    September 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Sher

    I like Ellen but not as a judge for Idol. I too saw her as a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" and she honestly fell flat. It was only when one dance really moved her that I thought she was real. But seriously, she doesn't have a music or dance background and she is judging these kids? They are putting thier heart, soul and lives into their performances and the judging should be left to the proffessionals. Sadly, I will no longer watch the show that I have loved for so long. It would be worse to watch it become cheap than to not watch it at all.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Jim B.

    Ellen?!?! Her qualifications in the music industry are thin or non-existent, but then so was her talent in the dancing industry – and look at what a success she turned that into on her daytime show (snicker).

    The whole success of American Idol in the first place was based on combining the formats of Star Search with the Gong Show – with Simon Cowell as the gong! Adding Ellen will turn it into the Lucy Show meets the Biggest Loser.

    No, seriously, I predict this will go over about as well as Conan replacing Jay.

    I can't wait to see what Simon has to say.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Jim

    I think it is totally ridiculous she doesn't have the music background the other judges have. It just looks like to me she was chosen because she donated so much to Idol Gives back. This isn't a political postion is it?

    September 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Mary

    I think she will be great! C'mon folks, she is a performer! How else could she have such a successful show for so many years. You don't have to be a singer or a dancer to judge good talent or bad talent. You do need knowledge of the industry, and she certainly does have that, and a lot more.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Betty(VA)

    Oh please.... Ellen can gush as well as Paula. I bet you she can do it sober too. Paula's comments were useless – her value was in entertainment (making a fool of herself). There will be plenty of people watching idol... in fact, I wouldn't be surprised is Paula leaving and Ellen joining doesn't even out the viewing numbers. GO ELLEN, GO IDOL!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  265. stephanie

    Love Ellen, but I am or for that matter just as quailfied as millions out there to judge A I., that is If you love music and have been watchng A I since the begining. I believe there were a few bad choices as winners but thats America not what Ellen will do or bring.
    Leave her alone she is cool. All the song Producers can watch or go there.
    s

    September 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Jean

    I was getting so bored with American Idol, now that they were brave enough to add Ellen as a judge, I can't wait to watch this show again. What a riot!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Justin DQ

    WHO CARES!!... I watch American Idol because I like the contestants. I NEVER care about the judges or what they have to say... So whoever they want to bring to the table, for me, whatever!! I only watch the show because the contestants, who actually make the show interesting (like David Cook, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, or Adam Lambert, etc); NOT the judges. I careless even if the judge table is empty... I know what I like so I don't need someone else to tell me... I still watch AI no matter what...

    September 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Mary Ann A.

    Looking forward to it – I think the change is a good one.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Trish

    Myself, I am an Ellen fan, so I was happy to hear about this. Before we judge, let's see how it goes. Who knows, it may be great!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Gail

    Ellen is funny and one of the most entertaining person's around today. She has many experiences to offer to the show. I can't think of anyone better. GOOD LUCK TO ELLEN

    September 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Joe

    It's a sad sad day when we bring in someone who really doesn't merit being a judge on Idol. When she was a special judge for So You Think You Can Dance, I thought she might actually do a guest performance, but alas, all that she did was crack really, underrated, two-bit "stand" up and really demonstrated to the audience that she doesn't know diddly squat about dance...I think I will not be watching Idol this season...

    September 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Tiffany

    I love Ellen, but she has no musical knowledge....not a good choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Janice

    No, I do not think it was the right choice.
    I did not care for her show or her commentary.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  274. David

    I have nothing against Ellen. Let her have her talk show. But a judge on IDOL ? One of the most INSANE choices by the producers of this show.

    Get someone on there with some actual experience in the music industry as a replacement. I can just see Ellen now, making just as many useless comments as Paula. This is a big turn-off to the show...

    September 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Nancy

    KimR – you said EVERYTHING I was thinking. Thank you!

    " was perplexed at first, hearing Ellen would take the 4th chair, but after hearing her announce it herself & what she feels she will bring (i.e. the listener’s viewpoint, who will actually buy this music) I could see how it might work. To say Paula contributed anything is being very kind. She was incoherent enough of the time that when she wasn’t, her credibility was in question. I do not wish her back. At all.
    Let’s see what Ellen can bring before we decide she won’t be good. Change isn’t necessarily bad! "

    September 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Crimson King

    Robert Fripp.

    Funny, in an English way, and he knows a thing or two about music…

    September 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  277. kara

    oh come on– like paula regularly had anything constructive to say to the participants.
    i mean, yeah, i liked her too... but i'm not about to defend her by saying how 'great' of a judge she was!!!!
    ellen will be a great addition.
    don't judge her until you see her on the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Spuds

    This makes no sense at all. She knows bupkiss about singing and she isn't funny anymore. And who wants to see that stupid chicken dance or whatever the hell you call that she does. That is just plain ridiculous. Oh well guess I will watch something else.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Linda

    We've been fans of American Idol since their second season, but we won't be watching any more...can't stand Ellen Degeneres...don't want to listen to her snarky comments or watch her make fun of the contestants. American Idol producers: What were you thinking?????

    September 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Robert W.

    Of course she was a logical choice because she is gay. She is a hilarious comedian but I do not recall her ever recording a hit song. I think this choice was based on political correctness not whether she will be a good judge or not. Welcome to this century.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Ruth

    Couldn't stand Paula Abdul–anybody but her is welcome!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Wendy

    Colossal mistake. I may not watch Idol this year with her on it. I don't find her funny, and she offers no music background (except liking it, which could apply to 99.99% of the people out there, much like having "breathing" as a criterion for a judge). It turns Idol into one big not-funny joke. What a shame. I was going on to my 3rd year of being a real Idol fan. Now, there's absolutely nothing left to watch on TV.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Ravyn

    I used to watch American Idol, but then it started getting pretty repetitive with the Simon, Paula, Randy rantings. Paula is a talented person and she started out as dance choreographer for the L.A. Lakers. She started singing (in the 80's?) and actually didn't make too many albums. Has Simon Cowell ever gotten up on the stage and sang? I think Ellen Degeneres will be a great addition to the judges table. Yes, she has a great sense of humor. Yes, she is very talented, in her own right, as an actress and a comedian. I'm also sure that she will be able to stand up to Simon's b.s. I'm actually interested in watching American Idol again.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Ash

    Wow, seeing WAY too much Paula Abdul credit going on here. The lady is a former tone-deaf marginally-talented dancer...

    The show is about entertainment, and Ellen is...an extremely successful and famous entertainer. She's no less qualified than Paula Abdul ever was. She's also not washed up, which is a huge step up.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Zane

    This is the worst choice possible. Why are you deliberately ruining the best family show on TV? What are her qualifications? I have been a faithful watcher of American Idol since the beginning, but no more. Not only will I no long watch this program but I will activately encourage anyone else that I know to boycott and no longer watch. This is terrible, terrible, terrible and worse. Ugh!!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  286. RRO

    they should have put jennifer lopez up there she knows what its takes and has been through some thing to get where she at today!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  287. CD

    Let's face it, all these people saying they won't watch – WILL. Ellen is an entertainer and AI is an entertainment show. How many times do we hear the judges talk about "personality" and "showmanship"? It's not how many people we can put on a panel to say the contestant was "pitchy at times". If Ellen can gives us her honest opinion of the contestant's personality, stage presence and showmanship and throw in a zinger here and there, I think AI is off to one of their best seasons ever. My prediction is that Ellen and Simon will hit it off beautifully and she'll make him blush a few times this season. Let's give it a chance!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Larissa

    GET RID OF KARA....

    September 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Goodbye American Idol

    I like her, but a good fit for the show...so good bye american idol

    September 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  290. MJ

    Nigel Lythgoe is no longer a producer on Idol. He left before this last season. He knew a sinking ship when he saw one. I have no problems with Ellen, I just don't think she is the right person to be a judge on Idol. I have been watching Idol less and less each season and I think I will not be turning in at all now. Ellen was a horrible judge on SYTYCD. I fastforwarded through her commentary, because it was useless and pointless and a waste of time.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Robert

    BAD CHOICE!

    September 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Reid

    I personally think this yet another "Hollywood" idea to put someone into a lime light to make it look perfectly fine for people who make poor life choices look perfectly normal.

    She'll do fine but I can do without Hollywood cramming this lifestyle down peoples throats.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Disappointed

    Wrong choice! A comedian has no place judging a show like American Idol. Ellen may be en entertainer, but she has no musical background.

    With Paula gone, wrong move again, the choice should have been someone in the music industry with impeccable credentials and continue to lend professionalism & class to the show. It's what has set it apart fro other talent shows. AI has class and produces amazing talent.!

    After watching every show from day 1, it's already a bad move to let Paula go, but her replacement with Ellen? Sorry but it's very disappointing and I'm almost not looking forward to next season now and that's a shame.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Don H

    Ellen D is not qualified to be a judge. Personally I don't care for her "humor" either and am quick to change the channel if she is on TV. So far, ALL of the people I know are unhappy with this choice for Idol. There is now a real good chance that this show has lost my viewership – and the viewership of others I have discussed this with................I gueses someone must like her humor/style/abilities.......but that someone is not me. It was bad enough with the last female judge they added.........terrible.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Mara

    JEWEL! She was great on "Nashville Star"

    September 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Tammy

    I think it is a good way to spice things up on the show. I know she doesn't have any musical background but she will basicly represent the "average Joe" who will actually be buying the music. I think its a smart idea. Really anyone has to be better than Paula!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  297. jmmx

    I love Ellen (even if I am the wrong gender for her tastes (chuckle)) – but the judges really need to be from music industry!!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Michael

    Will Ann Heche be on there too? If so, they've got my vote.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  299. SusanCD

    I admire Ellen - and think that she's one of the funniest people alive. Her comedy offers thoughtful insights into the human condition - and her TV show is consistently entertaining.

    That said, I don't believe that she knows what it takes to be a great singer - even though she can appreciate the performers and the results they get, it's from a fan's point of view - not a music-biz professional's.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  300. azbabs

    I do not get it either! Just because she loves the show doesn't make her qualified to judge! My kids have more musical experience than she does! We watch, or used to watch since I doubt we will be now, to see the contestants perform & get honest if sometimes harsh feedback. does Ellen even know what pitch is? I hope fox realizes their mistake & let her go & find a REAL musical judge. Or just stick with the 3 judges they have. Last season seemed too rushed when it was the judges turn since they had to squeeze a fourth opinion in.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Johnny

    American Idol will not be the same without Paula Abdul. I could just see their ratings down already. Especially, hiring Ellen who has no back ground or personal experience in music which I think is just RUDE. She is a comedian and this is a singing competition!! I don't know why these DUMB senior executives make such embarrassing decisions in order to spice up the show. For CRYING OUT LOUD you should just fire Simon Cowell as well since he does't bring enough entertainment as it is. MY opinion IS; this is just a bad move!!!!! Those ratings will go down! This will be the first season I will not watch!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  302. outdoornw

    Ellen Degeneres???? Are you kidding? What could she possibly contribute to a show that is a singing competition? I think she'll amount to nothing more than a nuisanse and a distraction. If this was a audition for the Improv or similar, Ellen would be a natural choice for obvious reason's, but American Idol......... Of all the musically gifted talent out there and somehow your thought process leads you to Ellen????? Is that the best you can do??

    September 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  303. GA

    There seems to be a feeling amoung responses that a little comedy is always welcome, and might even be good for this entertainment format. Anyone remember the Dennis Miller, Tony Kornhieser, xperiment on Monday Night Football? How did that work out? When I watch football, I appreciate comments from someone who knows football. Same for the music industry. Whether I always like Simon or not, his qualifications speak for themselves. Ellen? NSM!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Pierre

    Dont think it was a good choice. Good person, etc. but not to provide singing talent evaluations.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Laura

    Great choice.

    we have randy and kara to provide the "muscians" point of view, simon for his brutal honesty and now ellen to lighten it up.

    what a great combination

    September 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Martha

    Go Girl,

    I am glad Paula is gone...to many years of the same old same old....the show needed a change...it did not happen with Kara DioGuardi...she may be knowledgable but she comes across as phoney and dramatic....just like the end of last season. stunt...who needed that little strip? The show does need a boost and I think this is a good one....Ellen has a great following and they will all watch...that will boost ratings.... I don't think she will overstep beyond her personal expierence and truthfull statements. She is well liked by all of her guests...would love to know what some of them say....

    Her other guest appearance on the the dance show was a little awkward...but come on.....everyone has to be given a chance...I think this will only help the show!! Signed From Toronto Watcher....but was an LA Gal..... Pleased !

    September 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Gia in Los Angeles

    I've been a huge fan of Idol from the beginning and haven't missed an episode. However, with the announcement of Paula leaving, it all felt so empty, the entire chemistry of the show will be gone, and I was resigned to not even tuning in at all next season. However, now with the announcemnt of Ellen joining the team, I will give it a chance after all.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Phil

    Makes no sense. Should be a music performer, not a TV comedian. Kara wasn't a good pick, but at least hers has merit. It will be sad to see the show's sped-up downfall.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Jeff

    Sorry.. Ellen may be a big name when it comes to talk shows and emmys, However I think a better choice for the replacement judge would be someone in the music industry.. even a former musician.. doesn't even have to be a current one.. any one else that has had a few very good songs would be a better judge then ellen.

    I guess my idol watching days are over..

    September 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  310. ADT

    LOVE ELLEN!!! Wonder about her ability to understand the music genre however...any one is better than Paula. Hated her! No wait, I had great laughs watching Paula get all misty watching the guys, over dressing, and pretending to be concerned over someone's performances...SEE YA!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  311. l.j.

    If thats all they needed to fill Paula's shoes–why did I not get a chance–I like music and I can dance!! Just have to wait and see–it is kind of hard to fill someones shoes on this type of show. I know only one person that actually was able to be almost just as good and that is Drew when he replaced Bob after all those years on the PRICE IS RIGHT.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Sandy

    Ellen made a good point when she said she could speak for the average person since she herself was not a singer. That's nice to have that perspective. IF . . . and only IF she doesn't start doing her comedy routine with every contestant and drawing constant attenton to herself. Comedians have a tendency to be constantly on . . . i.e. Robin Williams, who never shuts up and is so annoying. No matter what anyone says, they feel compelled to make a joke out of it. Don't need that on American Idol. It's about the contestants, not about the judges, so I hope she keeps that in mind.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Aaron

    i've been watching idol for the past 5 seasons and adding a new judge last year was a mistake but i still watched it but after adding Elen I WILL NEVER WATCH AMERICAN IDOL AGAIN. she has no business on the show she is just there for a laugh and i don't even think she is funny. American idol is in its last seasons if they don't change things.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  314. wg

    I'm an Ellen DeGeneres fan. I enjoy her as a host of her show, as a host of other shows, as the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo", as a comedienne. I DO NOT WANT HER ON IDOL. Just plain wrong. :(

    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Chelle

    I am excited to see Ellen on the Idol. I think 4 judges are overkill, though. I would like to see Kara exit and Ellen stay. They needed to mix it up and add some life, and Ellen will do that. 4 judges comments are too much though....

    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Sue

    I think she will be able to keep Simon in check. Great choice!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Abe

    I was initially intrigued with the idea of an entertainer's perspective, but now that i think about it, Ellen has no musical background whatsoever. I guess time will tell if this is an excellent decision, or merely producers high on whatever...

    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Brenda

    Should have never changed from Randy, Paula and Simon to begin with. I like Ellen as a comedian but as a judge....no!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Robin Rewalt, R.N.

    Great choice!!!!

    I love Ellen and she will add that missing ingredient.....

    Good Luck!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Tracy

    There are shows that have jumped the shark, but this move will cause this show to jump IN with the shark.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Mark Ricks

    I don't think it's a very good fit. I like Ellen, but her comments on So You Think You Can Dance this past season were not funny and her attempt at humor fell flat. This could especially hurt ratings from the RED states in the mid-section of the country (supporters of Carrie Underwood and Chris Allen) since that part of the country is generally anti-gay and seriously homophobic.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  322. KCWY FAN

    YES, YES, YOU GO GIRL! I knew they would see it our way. Forget the haters, I will enjoy seeing Ellen as a judge on American Idiol and I know she will enjoy being a jugde as much as I will enjoy watching and listening to her comments, funny and serious. BACK AT SHA'!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  323. BS

    I find Ellen annoying to watch on TV,that is why my self and my friends do not simply watch her show on TV. Now she is part of one of our favorite shows ever to hit televsion.
    Ellen can not sing or dance. I do not understand why the network thinks she is qualified to judge folks who offert alents she does not have. I think the show is turning into a circus with her , some quest judges etc. I will think twice now before I watch Idol again.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  324. KMR

    Love Ellen but not as a judge on Idol

    September 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Rich

    just doesn't make sense. The show is losing credibility. Would not be surprised if ratings fall after the first couple of shows -when everyone sees that Ellen will not have anything productive for the contestants. The show is getting cheesy.........

    September 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Brian

    Hmmmm.....
    Looks like American Idol is "jumping the shark"

    September 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Brad

    We have now started the downward trajectory of AI. We leveled off last year with the addition of Kara. Too damn bad AI just couldn't have left things alone.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Anna

    P.S. Get rid of Kara-I can't stand her.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Eleanor

    Completely not into it. I agree with one person's comment re: how useless her comments were on SYTYCD. I think they should have just stuck with the current 3. (And, please God, I pray Quentin doesn't ever come back. He's far too full of himself to be a value to any one else - does he even notice someone else is in the room with him?)

    September 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Art

    Comedian – great! AI Judge – Horrible.
    As the new judge, she should give insightful and necessary feedback to either help, praise, or criticize the contestants that will be useful for their continued progression and success.

    Ellen, quite honestly, is a laugh and a half, and her standard as a judge should not be diminished to her comedic antics or promotion of comical behavior.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Anna

    I love Ellen for who she is-there's nothing phony about her. She is an awesome person but I'm not sure she's the right one for the show. I'm thinking they're doing it for ratings because I think they've been down the past few years. I hope she does well with the show. I'd hate to see anything negative written about her. A least she'll be sober-which is more than we can for sure about Paula, and we'll be able to comprehend what she is trying to say. So I say "Go Ellen!""

    September 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  332. by by idol

    NO MORE IDOL FOR ME!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Corky

    Ellen will bring a much needed balance to the panel...she is one of us, a FAN, and she's doing something right on her own show for the millions of daily viewers. They aren't picking the next pope or supreme court judge...it's a reality show!!! Sit back and enjoy the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  334. donlizard

    That Karaoke contest was a joke before, now it's hit a whole new level!

    Yikes!

    NEXT ....

    September 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Dave

    It's an ENTERTAINMENT TV SHOW, folks! The people who run AI want RATINGS...that's how they make their $$$...ratings set the advertising rates.

    If Ellen raises the ratings, they make more $$$................just like any other show..............

    September 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Caleb

    Ya, this is going to suck....I love idol, but Ellen being a judge is ridiculous.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Paul

    Absolutely NOT!!!! She has no singing ability, so how can she advise contestants? Why not choose someone in the music industry (there are thousands of choices both recent and past). Ellen recently appeared as guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" and did a horrible job: she talked continuously about herself (haha – not so funny either). Wake up FOX – this could be the downfall of this program. Maybe you should have coughed up the 20M for Paula (she was at least more fun to watch, duh). I for one will not watch this season. Good luck American Idol.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Laura Wolff

    I really have a hard time thinking that whoever runs American Idol has any brains at all . You put that stupid woman( Kara) on there last year as a Judge she is worthless. Paula , Simon and Randy were great I and my mother have watched since the first season picking the winner each time . I will no longer watch this program especially using someone who looks completely like an idiot ( Ellen) when the cameras are on her she was on another great show and looked and acted totally stupid as a guest judge for So You Think You Can Dance???? The ones of you that continue to watch have no real taste in talent anyway apparently. Simon, Randy and you RYAN all should have been there for Paula I wouldn't want to be your friends, part time friends are not needed by anyone YOU GO PAULA

    September 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  339. ED

    I think it is a step down for Ellen

    September 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Kathie Hall

    Admittedly, I am not a HUGE Ellen fan; but I simply do not get this. Kara bugged me last season. With Ellen – I think they may have just lost me.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Michael Johnston

    What are you thinking? Very bad choice...go with someone that has the background in the music biz and or a high profile singer or music producer who knows what to look for and knows how to pick out raw talent..

    September 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Donnie

    Anyone would be a better judge than Paula, however, Ellen's voice just makes my skin crawl!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  343. sc

    I don't think she was the right choice at all. I really like Ellen, I think she is good at what she does, which is entertaining people. However, that is not what is needed as an American Idol judge. They need someone with music industry experience. Someone who will be able to provide constructive criticism to the contestants, not someone who can crack a funny joke. It is clear that this is simply a ploy to boost ratings. I had already decided that I would no longer watch AI (after watching it since season 2), because there is too much fluff and not enough focus on the talent of these kids. And this "news" makes me feel I made the right decision.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Close-up

    Man, the economy must have hit Ellen hard; she needs a second job?Guess the (estimated) $15 million a year she's making isn't enough.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Cris

    No way!! What is Idol trying to do make it a comedy show, Ellen will take up too much time talking and not judging. Needs to get rid of her and bring back Paula Abdul. For sure will see the ratings go down.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Fred

    Idol, has lost it's steam, going the way of the Dodo Bird. I like the chemistry with Randy, Paula, Simon. The math does not add up. Last season, just did not do it for me personnaly. The new judge, well I did not care for her, like it did not help only bloat the show. They should have done everything in their (show exec's) to keep Paula. But somebody screwed up. Idol will not be on my TV, this season. Ellen is funny(to a point) but that is it. She is a standup commedian, and that is what I do not get. This is not American Stand-up. But a show to find somebody that has the stuff to make them self stand above all the others to become a singer, with a contract.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Kathy

    I have loved the American Idol show from the beginning, but last year, I was not crazy about Kara, who in my opinion ruined Alexis' chances by encouraging her to 'dirty it up'. I actually appreciated the show more in it's humble beginnings than as the star-studded spectacle that it became last year. I really like having judges that know music and probably will not watch this year.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Heather from NC

    It seems like the majority of us are on the same page. Why Ellen? She has NO musical experience whatsoever. Why is it necessary for them to have four judges? I just do not get it. I love the show and I cannot wait for the new season to begin but I will have no respect for what Ellen has to say due to her lack of musical knowledge.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  349. tony

    i love ellen and i think she will do very good as a judge on AI..and for those who say they wont watch the show anymore ..do you people really think someone cares if you are not going to watch it..at least ellen seems normal comparing to that crackhead Paula

    September 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Terrance

    Let's see, she a very gifted writer and comedian, actress, and daytime host. She has been in show business for over twenty years. How many of you critics can match that? She will certainly be a stablizing judge if compared to Paula Abdul who appeared to be absent even when present. Ellen is also a compassionate woman who is likely to offset the irrasible responses of Simon. Oh, and she's really funny, which will make the show more entertaining to those of us who have found it to be waining over these past few years.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Michael Travis

    What? This is not good for AI. Of all the people you can get.......

    September 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Fred

    She can't be any worse than Paula, and I was really getting tired of Paula and Simon's stupid fights over nothing.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Dave

    They really needed to bring in a music pro for this spot (ala Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, etc) to bring that point of view to the judges table. Ellen will add nothing but a few lame jokes and, IMHO, was a terrible choice for this show. They just lost me as a viewer....

    September 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Xio

    I haven't really watched American Idol since the first season, but I don't get it. Ellen is great at what she does, but adding her on to judge a music competition makes no sense. I guess they are really struggling with ratings and are hoping Ellen will be the ticket. As a songwriter, I am disappointed that they would pick someone with no musical background (except silly dancing), when there are others that have studied and have invested so much time into their craft.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  355. CO

    Boo-hoo-hoo...what a bunch a cry babies! You'll ALL watch just so you can cry about how much you hate it...but you'll still watch!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Mike

    Joe....you are correct. Helen is not a good choice....good thing that they got Ellen then....

    September 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  357. sbolton

    What exaclty does Ellen know about the music industry?

    September 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Carla

    I couldn't wait for Paula to go, I never knew if she was going to be in the room or not, on camera it showed her body in the chair, but her mind was somewhere else. I will start back watching now. I already KNOW Ellen will be GREAT. Now I can't wait for the new season to start

    September 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Carol

    What's up with this? She's a great comic, but music judge, don't think so. I'm tired of the show all the way around. Abouth the only one worth watching is poor Ryan.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Blinkyoureyesopen

    This is about making money through ENTERTAINMENT, not about judging music. It's a shrewd choice for THAT purpose.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Fern Collier-Pereira

    What does Ellen Degeneres know about music or singing? What does SHE have to offer the show besides 'jokes'? What can she offer the contestants? Strange choice!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Chris

    This is a sad day for "Idol". It was a mistake to let Paula slip between their fingers and a useless choice picking Ellen. It was bad enough when the fourth bimbo was added, (talk about useless) but to let Paula slip away was a big big big mistake. The chemistry will never be the same.
    I think that this will be the beginning of the end of "Idol". Ya know, there is something to be said for, "..if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
    Simon, I hope you don't make the same mistake with "America's got Talent".

    September 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  363. John

    this relates to Dennis Miller commentating on Monday Night Football

    September 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Debbie

    What a shame for American Idol. I can gurantee one household that will NOT be watching when Ellen Degeneres becomes a judge. She was absolutely horrible on "So You Think You Can Dance". Her so called humor was tasteless and added zero to the benefit of judges comments.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  365. David

    Do you guys realize how upset some of you are getting about a mediocre yet entertaining reality television show.

    Ellen is as qualified as anyone else is to judge the show, especially replacing someone who was pretty boring and not that bright.

    It'll either be a fun season or it won't, and that really depends on the performers, as it always has.

    Stop crying, turn on your television, let the brain cells ide, and enjoy a show about people performing, which it will be regardless of who's judging.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  366. D Boeckman

    I think this choice will bring the ratings way down. Ellen is funny, but is she qualified to be a judge??? I THINK NOT!

    American Idol has been my favorite show..... this is going to make it a "joke"..... it's not about laughs.... It's about talent.

    Let's get someone who knows the music business.... PLEASE

    September 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Naysayer

    I think they chose her based on her years of singing experience and extensive involvement with the recording industry......NOT.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Shari

    WHY NOT? It gives the show a different viewpoint and I think it will be fun to watch this season. So – lightened up people, Ellen will be alright & so will American Idol!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  369. TH

    Well poo! Last year was the end of Idol for me. That's a bummer! But I will never watch it again. This was a dumb choice on their part!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  370. MJB

    Ellen can dance alittle, but really don't think shes the right person for it. Too silly for the job maybe. Really nice person though.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Warren

    Choosing Ellen makes no more or less sense than choosing Paula originally. I can count on one hand the number of times Paula gave strictly musical advice, and have fingers left over. Paula gave mostly performance and stage advice, something that Ellen will be able to do as well. Randy and Simon together have more than enough industry experience and knowledge to keep the musical talent critiquing fair, and Ellen will offer two things that Paula couldn't - witty humor and repoire, and a genuine listener's perspective.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Ryan

    I love how people are all over Ellen's experience. What did Paula Abdul do that made he so much more worthy? I love Paula, but she was a washed up pop star when the show began. During the show's run, she was either on drugs or drunk a majority of the time and let's not forget she had an inappropriate relationship with one of the contestants and tried to help him win his season.

    Personally, I think ditching Paula was a fantastic idea. I cringed everytime she spoke. ("I love the color of your voice." Seriously? She's super qualified right?)

    Ellen was exactly the right choice. Simon Cowell does a great job of giving an honest, if cynical at times, critique. Kara is one of the most powerful women in music right now. She's constantly churning out hit songs for today's top artists and she's working with the best of the best. Randy has a wealth of experience in the music industry as well. So the panel is already pretty heavily loaded with people who can speak to the musical merits of each contestant.

    Ellen will bring back some of the lighthearted energy that Paula brought (although I think she wasn't aware she was the comic relief most of the time). Ellen is charming, intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about music. She'll bring a lot of joy to the show.

    Look at Clive Davis. He doesn't sing or perform, but he's probably the most influential man in music for the past 25 years. You don't have to be a singer to impact the musical community.

    Give her a chance people. She can't do any worse than a washed up, incoherent former pop star.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Gina

    This was a really bad move for AI... the 4th judge was bad enough and now adding Ellen who has no musical experience is just pointless. She better add a lot of pizzaz or I won't be able to watch it anymore....

    September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Laura

    YES ! Ellen Degeneres added to anything will be fun to watch !

    September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Aaron

    I feel no need to give someone I cannot stand a chance. Life is too short to waste a second listening to her.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  376. jimbo

    I believe someone who has performed in the music field would have been better, or just gone with three judges.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Lynn

    I love Ellen but, no one can replace Paula. I stand by my decision not to watch American Idol. Lets face it, they made a huge blunder when they let Paula go. The show will never be the same. The good part is I won't need to record NCIS anymore. I can watch it while American Idol is on.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  378. CarLee

    I'll be watching again! I think Ellen will be a breath of fresh air to a panel who give boring, repetitive feedback even with all of their combined "expertise". And for those who say that Ellen has no experience to bring I would disagree. She's been up and she's been down and she's resilient – which is something that all these contestants must learn in order to survive emotionally. Don't forget also that Ellen gets up every day and performs live on a show so certainly knows the demands that these kids will be put up to. So the worse that can happen is she slips a joke in now and then and makes everyone laugh and smile – and I'll be happy to see it!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  379. vic

    What am I missing? I've heard it was Shania Twain???? What happened to that?

    September 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Mitch

    I was totally shocked to hear Ellen would be a judge on American Idol. At first I thought it was a joke. I never cared for her from the very first show she ever had on TV. I will probably not be watching American Idol either. She has no talent and certainly nothing when it comes to music.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  381. victoria

    what does she knows about being a judge in a "musical talent show"...why can't she just stick to being a comedian instead...she is not a singer at all what does she knows about high C's / key chain and all that. sorry i think the AI made a mistake for choosing her.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Kishore

    OK, it's official now. American Idol has become a joke.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Dan

    Surely, they have got to be joking! What does she bring to the table besides comic relief when Simon crucifies some poor contestant.
    Some would say she's funny, I don't see it and she certainly isn't known for her musical ability or experience.
    A very, very poor choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Sue

    I think its great. Now we will actually know what all four judges are saying. Paula was long overdue to leave the show. I personally don't see why they even need judges.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Robyn

    Give Ellen a chance!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Tricia

    I think it is a big mistake! I didn't like it when they hired the fourth person on the show. I was debating whether to watch the show this year after Paula left; With the news of her replacement I will say good bye to American Idol!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Marilyn

    I am very unhappy about the choice of Ellen DeGeneres as an American Idol judge and will definitely not be watching this season.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Rick

    She will add no value. It is just another stunt casting move. The only positive is she will at least be able to construct a coherent sentence and thought pattern unlike Paula's psychobabble.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Aaron

    I am more qualified then Ellen. This is just a terrible mistake. I dobut I will even watch now.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Trina

    Bad move! When she was a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, she was a distraction with wanting attention and laughter from her constant jokes. Some were funny, but she didn't get that the show was about the dancers – not about her. If you want to watch Ellen, watch her show. The show wasn't as good last year, and I am unimpressed and unenthused about the coming season. They need Paula back.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  391. ctellrich

    lol, Madonna must of ben busy,, so the Obvious next choice! Ellen! ,,yeah i get that,, NOT

    September 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  392. disgusted

    Everybody needs to just give ellen a chance. Everyone who is critisising ellen needs to just stop. I love ellen and I think that she will add something to AI that Paula could not and never will be able to do.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Hollis

    Whitney Houston would have also been a good pick. I think that would restore her reputation and give the public a real treat each week. If anyone is an American Idol, it's Whitney. I wonder if they even bothered to consider her. I guess they feared she might not show up for tapings and cause problems as she has been known to do in the past. But if they got rid of the fourth judge whose name I can't remember and added Whitney and kept Ellen, that would be a nice balance. Two men, two women, two entertainers, two proven good judges, Four well known names with lots of personality. Every aspect of entertainment and it's highs and lows would be sitting at the table... the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent. Sure to have everyone tuned in each week.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Jexy

    I love Ellen to death, but I honestly can say that I cannot even begin to understand the logic in choosing her. To begin with, I hated it when they added Kara to the mix (which I might add, I am not all too fond of). They should have just given her the boot and kept Paula... that's what I say. There is no need to have 4 judges, all it does is complicate things and makes the show run over because you have to wait for them all to get their opinions in. Ellen is a great entertainer, but not a musical one, I don't know as this is going to turn out so well....

    September 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Phil

    This is the most ridiculous job hire I have ever seen. Did anyone consider that she will waste everyone's time by TRYING to be funny since she has nothing to do with the music industry? I have been watching the show since day one but after a clearly inferior singer won last season and this utter stupidity, I won't be enjoying it past the auditions this season.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Tracy

    When I heard this the only thing I could say was: Have they lost their Minds.. what on earth does Ellen know about music or performing for that matter.. sure she has been in the business for quite a while, but she is no performer... sheesh why didn't they just ask David Letterman... give me a break people.... And get rid of that Kara person. What a cluster (you know what).....

    September 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  397. AJA

    I'm not going to watch Idol anymore, kara made it annoying, now ellen is going to make it unbearable to watch!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  398. iimsobrokerightnow69

    there is a lot more people quaify to do this jod idont think she was aright choicee....

    September 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Kathie

    A new spice to an already flavorful show. Go Ellen!!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Bob R

    There goes the show!!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  401. sally

    Ellen's personality will add to the show. Many contestants need a reality check on what works to perform with the "IT" factor that Simon zinged them about. Maybe she is not a musican but she is smart, articulate and vocal. She is honest, sometimes painfully so, but that is importatnt to the success of an entertainer. Let's give her a chance and then voice an opinion. She has not failed at anything she has attempted, no reason to think she will fail this time.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Lucylu

    Lisa – you're on the money.

    A superfan she may be, but that should only give her a spot on the sofa. Ellen has her place on TV – but not on Idol. I can't see Ellen bringing any value to the table – I imagine every commentary will include a joke, a one-liner, a dead-pan commentary – but nothing of value.

    Idol has made a terrible mistake letting Paula go, and now an even bigger mistake awarding the position to Ellen.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Steven

    I think American Idol has now officially...."jumped the shark"!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Dan

    Ellen is a great TV personality but this does not qualify her to be an AI judge. This year she was a guest judge on SYTYCD and she gushed over all of the contestants even when the performances were mediocre. It sounds like the producers of AI think it is in need of someone "polite", like Paula was, in order to survive. This is not the case. With all the time constraints AI has with the addition of a 4th judge why do they need to replace Paula?

    September 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  405. ZJ

    This is sooooo like when Monday Night Football added Dennis Miller. Yes, he's funny. Yes, he enjoys football. But his comments were so lousy that he lasted one season, and even that was a bit too much.

    This is a mistake, and marks the end of American Idol as we knew it. Won't be the same.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Jimmy B.

    AI finally jumps the shark.

    So stupid.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  407. V

    I agree with Amy. This is a singing competition. I love Ellen, but she's not going to contribute what needs to be contributed in fairlness to the contestants.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Yvette

    Give Ellen a chance. Everyone deserves a chance. She's an American and she's got just as much of an ability to judge talent as any of the voting public does. She performs, she understands rejection as well as praise, and she is a caring person when she's not trying to clown you, so I think she'd fit in well. I can't wait to see her and Simon go at it... one trying to out clown the other in their remarks about each other. I know Simon isn't kind, lets see how he behaves with Ellen there to poke fun at him. Should be very entertaining.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Ernie

    She has no business being a judge or even a celebrity, for that matter. I don't think she is either qualified or talented.

    This show is way past its prime and is about to fade into oblivion.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Jaime H.

    Big Mistake. As a comedian and talk show hostess, Ellen is so-so. But, I guess they couldn't get any qualified people as a new judge. And the public will swallow another asinine show.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  411. JC

    WTF, Ellen=American Idol? Uhhh, no...American Idol is going down hill. I stopped watching past the 4th season. Ellen doesn't even have any musical talent what will she bring to the table? They should have let Paula stayed with Simon and Randy but booted Kara. I like the idea of a 4th judge but only as a guest during certain shows but not as a regular member.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Jen

    She's a comedian. AI is a show for singers. Doesn't make sense. Sure, she understands about performing in front of large audiences, but what does she know about music, vocals and all that goes with it? Plus, she is a horrible dancer. Yuck.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  413. DDSilks

    I envision American Idol transitioning to the Ellen DeGeneris Comedy Hour. She is entertaining, yes, but just like Robin Williams - when he is there, no one can get a word in edgewise. Same for Ellen. She will make it all about her, with her quirky comments and useless jokes. This was a real bad move, and I'll be surprised if Simon Cowell tolerates it.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Barbara

    I think this is a horrible choice. The judges need to be knowledgeable in the art of music. The current judges all have a background in production. Just because Ellen likes the show doesn't make it the correct choice. I have watched the show since the beginning and enjoyed it knowing that there was a lot of expertise in the judging. I don't think I will continue to watch.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  415. beachboi

    I understand why fans of the show will be upset to see Paula leave but in all actuality "Idol" was never really her show anyways. If anything "So You Think You Can Dance" would have been perfect for her to be a judge and being a dancer myself, her dance skills and choreography is amazing. Her singing however, is the complete opposite of amazing, digitzed and nothing but back vocals is what created her records. So without a good singing voice she really cant say anything. At the same time I do not agree with Ellen being a judge either because she is not a singer. I believe that "Idol" lost its charm and appeal a very long time ago. It doesnt seem like they are trying to find the next great singer but just another poster girl or boy to make rich and famous. Not only that but who has really heard of any of the idol winners anyway? The only ones I know that have created a successful music career are Kelly Clarkson,Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood. 3 out 8? The other 5 fell out of the radar so quick that they probably wont even have a "where are they now" special.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Bill DeArmond

    American Idol, like Survivor, has outlived its usefulness and interest. The best singers haven't won for three years and the output of the "winners" was less than successful. I quit watching but I might tape it and fast forward through everything EXCEPT Ellen's comments.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Bobby Reynolds

    CAN'T STAND ELLEN DEG!!! WILL NOT WATCH AI THIS SEASON OR THE NEXT FOUR IF SHE'S HERE FOR FIVE YEARS!!!! BAD CHOICE – WHO WAS THE "GENIUS" THAT THOUGHT THAT UP??

    September 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Scott

    While I love Ellen and respect her immensely, American Idol judging may not be the best role for her. Ellen is great on her show and in stand-up acts (including award-show hosting), but she was a dud on So You Think You Can Dance. Her performance there was not a good indication that she'll be more serious on AI. I want to see real judging, not a side-show (which is why I'm glad Paula is gone).

    I was actually looking forward to the fruition of the rumor of Victoria Beckham being the new judge. Oh well. Hopefully, one of the guest judges during auditions will show some promise...

    September 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Kenny

    I think this could be a good thing. Paula was a joke, had been since the beginning, not too upset to see her gone. Kara sucks, plain and simple. Let's give Ellen a chance she may actually bring something to the table. I'll put AI on a short leash and go from there.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  420. dorothy goldstein

    My husband I love Ellen.... and we believe that ANYTHING that she is going to do, she will excel. She is a great performer, and will do a great job. All you naysayers will see how wonderful she will be.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Faye

    Well... maybe all the Idol producers wanted was a replacement for "the nice judge". No matter what those singers do, I doubt Ellen will ever be scathing in her judgments. She will always be nice to the contestants and find something positive to say.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  422. drgrant1912

    They wanted controversy and now they have it. My wife and I will no longer watch the show. It was becoming a total waste of time anyway and this put the icing on the cake!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Mom Mdot

    Sorry... don't get this one either. I am not a big fan of Kara at all. They should have left the panel like it was prior to last season. With all of her quirks, Paula tried to see the best in everyone and be constructive. I just don't see this as a good choice for the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Joe

    They would have been better off with Eddie "Party All the Time" Murphy or Don "Heartbeat" Johnson. As dismal as it may be, at least they have *some* musical credibility.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Leslie

    I think she will bring a fabulous energy to the panel. Let's face it Simon doesn't know how to make a business mistake. Ellen is a winner in my book...and I'm a straight,conservative, 66 year old.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Karen

    I like Ellen, but I dont understand how she got picked to be a judge. It just doesnt seem like she is gonna fit in...I wonder what Simon thinks???

    September 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  427. bluhil

    My spouse and I are baffled. American Idol, if that's the best you can find then open up the checkbook and get Ms. Abdul back fast.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Richard

    As a fan of the past American Idol seasons. I Have now watched it for the last time.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Steve

    Yeah boy! When I think of music talent, with a profound knowledge and understanding of the music business, the demands of touring, recording, and creating artistic works...I think of...Ellen?

    I was kinda hoping Slash would apply for the gig.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Carol

    Couldn't have found a better judge! I wasn't going to watch American Idol this season, but with Ellen there the mix of personalities and their opinions will be great!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  431. MRL

    I love Ellen, she may be the angel to Simon's devil....

    September 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Daryl

    Why? Sounds like AI just screwed up a good thing.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Gretchen

    I think it's a GREAT idea!

    Now, if they can fire simon the jerk, it'd be even better. No more snarky, eye-rolling, snotty comments from simon.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Jan

    Ellen is a great performer but I'm not sure about this??? And I was fine with only three judges. But, I'll watch and see...not make any judgement before the show even gets started. Paula had gotten pretty "loopy" so I wasn't that upset by her leaving.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  435. amy

    I think this is the beginning of the end. There is no place on the panel for a judge outside of the music industry. As contestants are frequently reminded, "this is a singing competition" and Ellen has no value to add as a judge. This is the wrong place to promote an agenda. In true American Idol style, maybe they should have had a nationwide fan vote to seek a replacement.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Ph0en1x3

    They made a horrible choice... I have no problems with Ellen doing what she does best – comedy, but this is not a comedy show unless that is the direction the producers are taking it. I agree Ellen did nothing for the SYTYCD other then blab jokes

    September 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  437. BILL HAYES

    wrong one for the job ill have to watch something else this year

    September 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  438. nic

    they chose ellen so they'll have someone else to blame when ratings drop...now it'll be less about their stupid decision to let paula go, and more about how they expected 'more' from ellen when it doesn't work out. just setting her up to fail.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Joan

    A HUGE MISTAKE! I like Ellen, but this is not her venue. American Idol is all about singing talent. I didn't like it when Kara became a judge. In my opinion, she added NOTHING....but her contract was renewed.

    For heaven's sake, American Idol just needs to admit it made a mistake. Give Paula $10 million a year, and I'll keep watching the show. Continue with the two women, Kara and Ellen, and a dedicated fan will no longer watch the show (I might tune in just for the finale).

    September 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  440. badfraz

    We'll never watch this combo of judges, don't like her a bit, and like Paula too much.
    The show has made a big mistake.
    Amer Idol is dead to us.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  441. KIM

    Try not to make judgements until we see how the season starts out.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Diane

    American Idol has jumped the shark

    September 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Scott Deckers

    Bad choice. Hope is does not turn into a bad comedy.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  444. Darlene

    I saw Ellen on "So You Think You Can Dance" as a guest judge and although she had some good jokes and make the audience laugh, she had no knowledge of dance steps, etc. I cannot see her adding anything to the show except jokes and that's not what American Idol is all about. I am very disappointed with this choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Laura

    I think Ellen is GREAT, she's also is a performer...may not be music but it still requires her to have an act and perform. She has been in the entertainment industry for many years and I think she will contribute more than just laughs. She also knows what its like to be judged, remember when she came out what happened to her carrer? I love Paula and wish she was back on, but I think ellen is a brillant choice. Simon and Randy have the ear for music Ellen will have the heart. I was dead set against watching this season in support of Paula but now I want to :o)

    September 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Gracie

    I adore Ellen, but no one can replace Paula. I have never missed one show, but with Paula gone I may not watch the program – it just will not be the same without her. And, with all due respect, Ellen is not musically qualified to judge singing contestants. Come on, give the viewers a break here. Ellen, stick with your day job and leave the judging to professionals. BRING BACK PAULA, even with all her eccentric behavior. America loves her!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Heather

    Tei - I concur. WTH?!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Farr

    Come on folks, the show is on its way out anyway. This is an attempt to buy a it little more time.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  449. LARRY

    You have to be kidding me. She can not write, sing or perform. Whos next PEE WEE HERMAN...

    September 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  450. BC

    American Idol just became a JOKE! How can a comedian evaluate singers? She tried on So You Think You Can Dance and her comments were more about herself than they were about the dancers. I like Ellen but this is just plain dumb.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  451. G. Koulisis

    I think she can provide valid input as an entertainer as a whole but when it comes to having developed critique on the music industry she was a poor choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  452. Paolo Chi-town

    Another sign that this show has jumped the shark. Not planning on watching. Yawn.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  453. Al G

    Sorry, She is not in the business

    September 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  454. Al G

    Wrong person. A turn off. Her is not in the music business. Stupid.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  455. Connie

    I've never watched the show, but plan to definitely check it out now. Ellen is intelligent, one of the funniest entertainers alive, tremendously popular and just an all around perfect choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  456. Diane

    She Could be funny??? bring a little humor to the show, but what does she know about music???

    September 10, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  457. mari

    I love Ellen but not for this job. Paula Abdul truly had the insight that is now totally missing from the show. Whoever did not try to keep Paula on is crazy.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  458. D

    I do not think the choice of Ellen as a judge makes sense. I like Ellen and it was time for Paula to go (and Kara frankly). What they need is a judge with a history in the music business that can give fair, objective and pertinent criticism and guidance. Although a good comedian and fun to watch, I do not feel Ellen meets the criteria necessary to be a judge on AI.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  459. Dennis

    What in the hell is AI thinking ? Ellen is probably the LEAST qualified person on earth to be a judge of musical talent. I've been an avid veiwer of the show, but I will no longer watch.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  460. scott

    Fox, you have taken a sure thing and flushed it down the toilet. The reason "So You Think You Can Dance" is so successful is they use legimate judges. Remember "Dennis" on Monday Night Football???? You will see the same fate as well as the fans starting to take the show less serious. Why fix something when it is not broke?

    September 10, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  461. India

    Wow, I go with the flow, kudos to Nigel for bringing in variety into his program. To take care of the Music part there are three judges, let there be some fun maaaaaan, I love it. Come on board Ellen , my husband and I welcome the New Judge!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  462. Roger

    4 judges, now Ellen? Is American Idol becomming more about the entertainment of the judge panel than the contestants? Sorry this is getting to over the top to continue watching this " who can be the most entertaining judge" show.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  463. Lisa

    I won't be watching either way but a bad choice...

    September 10, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  464. Michelle, Canada

    As an actress and comedienne, I think Ellen will bring a lot of value to the AI panel. All performers know, it doesn't matter how well you can belt out a tune if you don't know how to engage an audience and Ellen knows about that in spades!
    I think she'll be a terrific judge.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  465. Claudia

    Love Elllen but she is out of place trying to be a judge on AI

    September 10, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  466. Mark

    Did someone just say "Unfortunately American Idol is becoming more and more about entertainment and pandering to the audience than it is about music..." IT IS ALL ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT! Just so everyone knows, the only reason there is an American Idol is to get people to watch so they can sell advertisment. Get over the pretentious "fostering music superstars" idea. Its all about entertainment and Ellen will get people to watch

    September 10, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  467. Titus

    That's it no more Idol for me!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  468. Ann

    NO, this is a terrible decision!! Bring PAULA back. We will not watch the new upcoming show in January. Ellen does not have the qualifications to be a judge. Might as well pick someone off the streets.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  469. Mary Knowlden

    why not a record producer? why not berry gordy? why not clive davies. Why not someone who knows the starmaking machinery?

    September 10, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  470. Jack

    I will stop watching "American Idol". I don't know how much Paula Abdul wanted but they gave Simon lots of money and he has the producing side too. I was particularly peeved at DeGeneres' comment about "needing" two jobs like everyone else to earn a living. Oh Gag me

    September 10, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  471. charlie

    What a mistake this is.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  472. bob

    She said the same thing over & over when guest-judge on SYTYCD–
    gets old & boring qwick.
    I will probably no longer watch the show.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  473. Dixie

    I think this signals the beginning of the end for Idol. Last season was a bit of a mess with the AT&T texting stuffing, Kara's lack of chemistry with the others, etc. So – it's no longer about singing, now we'll have to suffer through inane jokes. Last year with 4 judges they had time issues – how does Ellen joking help that? I would say that it's time to move on to something new.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  474. Justin

    I think it's great! For one thing, Ellen's non-expertise in the music business will be perfect for her to represent the viewing audience, and to essentially give THEM a voice. Along with her great wit, she stands as a great judge of what a "typical audience member" would think, so I think she's a fantastic choice.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  475. djean

    I love Ellen, I really do – but at this rate, they may as well debut this next season of American Idol during Shark Week.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  476. Brian Battles

    No Ellen....out of place. I watched less of AI with Kara on board and future is out. Last season with four judges did not give time for comments. Without Paula, the producers screwed up chemistry.

    bye bye AI

    September 10, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  477. AIfan

    So they have guest audition judges some with music background, they have Kara and now Ellen. I think this costs more than what Paula was asking for. I really like Ellen but I don't thnk she has the same professional level as Paula. I plan to tivo the show, skip the commercials (catch that Fox) and just watch the finale. Maybe. Simon and Ryan are worth how much? What does Randy Jackson get paid? Kara? Someone really doesn't like Paula, who is it?

    September 10, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  478. Sara

    AI's credibility, what little it had, just got shot out the window – I thought that it maybe had a chance last season to improve with the addition of Kara DioGuardi. I thought maybe her wealth of songwriting and vocal experience could balance out the ridiculous and uneducated critiques that were Randy and Paula. And now we have Ellen. Performer? Yes. Stage presence? Yes. Singing ability? No.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  479. Christopher

    Ummm...not qualified to judge a music competition? Ok, maybe at Juliard, but since when was American Idol ever about music? From top to bottom this is a "reality" show that is designed to squeeze every $$$ it can out of sponsors with product placement during the show. The contestants are product, nothing more. They get paraded around the country in the idol tour, making $$$ for 19 Productions (guess who that is?) and the top winners are pressured heavily to sign with, guess who? 19 Productions, as did the top 4 this past Season. It's a money making machine. So stop with "Ellen DeGenerous doesn't have the insight..." Paula Abdul barely sang on her own albums for Christ's sake.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  480. KimR

    I was perplexed at first, hearing Ellen would take the 4th chair, but after hearing her announce it herself & what she feels she will bring (i.e. the listener's viewpoint, who will actually buy this music) I could see how it might work.
    To say Paula contributed anything is being very kind. She was incoherent enough of the time that when she wasn't, her credibility was in question. I do not wish her back. At all.
    Let's see what Ellen can bring before we decide she won't be good. Change isn't necessarily bad! :)

    September 10, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  481. joe

    As a judge I agree Helen is not a good choice. As a replacement of Paula, she is. Can someone tell me what constructive thing Paula ever say on the show? She was acting funny that's all. At least, Helen can really be funny!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  482. Tei

    WTH?

    September 10, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  483. Lees

    Doesn't make much sense. Paula was fluffy in her comments, but she had once been a top singer/performer, so she has some industry experience. I like Ellen, but ... I don't think the shoe fits.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  484. Julia Nunn

    I think the better question is why Simon Cowell? Is he simply there because the American public crassly enjoys watching people being torn to shreds in front of millions of viewers? Ya'll need to rethink your reasons for watching. Are you actually interested in the chance to see new talents or just the chance to see them reviled for their talent or lack thereof? I have no problem at all with Ellen D. being a judge on what is, basically, just an overfunded talent show. It's not like it's the health care reform debates!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  485. Annie

    Ellen is a no talent no nothing person. I think she is well over-rated and I wouldn't waste my time watching her on ANY show. She doesn't belong on American Idol and whomever came up with this idea – needs to have their head examined!!!! She is suppose to be a "comic" – I say, Laughingly not a talent judge on music. She may like music and she may be a fan and watch American Idol BUT it doesn't make her qualified. Well, with this world going to hell, guess this is just another added addition to the end!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  486. deb

    As others have said, I like Ellen too, but she doesn't know any more about music than I do! There are hundreds of musicians out there who probably would have loved to have the job, especially older experienced musicians with time on their hands. This is just dumb.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  487. Dalia

    I love Ellen's humor, but I do not see the connection between her and what the contestants on American Idol need to be inspired and critiqued by a professional with a music background. Just because she dances to today's music on her show doesn't make her qualified.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  488. aliaya

    and I thought I was the only one scratching my head....

    September 10, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  489. Jenny

    Sounds like American Idol is really struggling if this is as good as they can get. They just lost another viewer.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  490. Shell

    I don't get it either! Love Ellen but not as an American Idol judge. She has no expertise and spends a lot of time trying to get a laugh. Bring Paula back!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  491. Jackie in Dallas

    Really, who cares?

    American Idol may still be one of the most watched TV shows on the networks, but since the overall number of people watching network shows has dropped significantly in the last few years, that is a relative number. I personally HOPE that reality shows have hit their limit and are in the process of dying. They all look alike, are beginning to sound alike, and appeal to the lowest common denominator. I've tuned in a couple of times to Idol, to Dancing with the Stars, and several others, and find all of them boring to the point of tears. Yes, Idol does allow some talented people to become known to the general public, but we used to have shows with meat on them, that didn't appeal to the American fantasy of watching others fall on their behinds and get reamed out by Simon and other such judges.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  492. Rob

    Unfortunately American Idol is becoming more and more about entertainment and pandering to the audience than it is about music and the fostering of fututre music superstars. I don't imagine Simon will stay quiet about this new addition, on or off screen.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  493. tanya

    I don't get it either.....have to wait and see what she can bring to the table. They should have kept it to 3 unless Paula wanted to return.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  494. Queen 822

    I am an Ellen fan; however I am not sure if she was the right choice to be a judge on the show. They should have chosen someone who really knows the music industry. I think she will bring laughter to the show but don't know about how she can critique the talent when she has no musical background. They would have been better off choosing one of the Jackson kids. Atleast they know about music.

    Celine Dione
    Chilli or T-Boz from TLC
    Kelly Rowland (destiny child)
    Cristina Agulera

    I am just naming some of the people who have quite a bit more insight of the music industry. I am sure one of them would have taken the job.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  495. Brenda

    I like Ellen, many people do. However, what dynamic does she add to the mix of Randy and Simon. Why screw up a good thing. Get Paula back and get rid of Kara and Ellen. I'm sure with what they are paying Kara and Ellen will make up for whatever Paula wanted in the first place.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  496. Deb

    Guess I won't be watching IDOL this year...........Why Ellen Degeneres?......Come on !!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  497. Jeff

    Big mistake. We don't need a laugh on American Idol. We need someone who has experience in the music industry that can judge talent.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  498. Older fan

    I like Ellen on her show but don't think she fits the bill to be a
    judge. Then again, I didn't care for the 4th addition. I just liked
    it with Randy, Paula and Simon.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  499. Krystal

    I think it will bring a new swing to things on Idol. It will definitely be different, but Ellen loves music and she may not be a musician but she has great stage presence and will be able to share great advice for contestants this year. I think it will be a great season for idol.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  500. Dee

    Don't get it either. Sorry.....

    September 10, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  501. Julie

    They had Ellen as a special guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance (also produced by Nigel Lythgoe), and I thought her comments were pretty useless, and even her jokes were repetitive to the point of not being funny.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |

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