February 2nd, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Ellen debuts on 'Idol' next week

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It’s almost Ellen time.

Ellen DeGeneres takes her seat as the newest “American Idol” judge on February 9.

The comic/talk show host will make her debut on the show during the Hollywood round where contestants will vie for a spot among the Top 24 semifinalists.

If past seasons are any indication, there’s sure to be plenty of drama, some tears and maybe even an argument or two as the group battles it out to make it one step closer to one of the coveted slots on the road to the final 12.

And there may be some battles at the judges’ table, too - since word is that the often cantankerous Simon Cowell and the happy-go-lucky DeGeneres may not be seeing eye to eye.

Are you excited to finally see Ellen take her place among the ‘Idol’ judges?

soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. forgetaboutit

    The only reason she is on this show is because she is gay.. this appeals to a different audience and attracts new viewers. She has no qualifications to be a musical judge.. I don't like this move at all...

    February 7, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. r.wilfert

    hey melissa, you are lost!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Janet

    It will not be the same – really wish Paula was back! Ellen gets too much exposure and I don't think she will have anything valuable to contribute since she is not involved with music industry in any way! She will shift the focus onto herself with her comments and jokes..

    February 4, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. m_dmarian

    First, it might be nice to see someone who is NOT part of the music industry to take part in Americal Idol. Someone who can judge as an outsider looking in and simply make judgements on what they hear- which is what good music should be about.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wayne

    Though I love Ellen and watch her quite often, I believe there will be absolutely NOTHING gained by adding her to the judge's panel. If this is what Idol is coming to, Simon Cowell was right to get out while Idol is at the top of the mountain before it descends faster than a winter olympics athlete on skis

    February 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Judy

    I think Ellen will bring the show down and without Simon next year I don;t believe there will be a show so why worry

    No Simon, No Paula = no show

    February 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. headdivaincharge

    I have my calendar marked! I can't wait to see this. Ellen is funny, real, has no shame (I mean that in a good way), and is talented. I think she will bring a lot to the table. Will be more like watching with a buddy then a drunk relative (aka. Paula).

    February 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    Ellen replace Paula, as someone with Musical background Paula advice did not reflect that at all those past season. i could give better advice then her. So why bother replace her with someone with musical background....

    February 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BeccaB

    Ellen is the only reason I would ever even consider watching this train wreck of a show! Hoping she'll bring her quick wit to the show and be "the people's voice"...don't think it's important at all that she doesn't come from a musical background, she loves and lives music and appreciates all genres. Just my opinion...

    February 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trent

    Give Ellen a couple of weeks then judge her...

    February 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    She's funny and will be funny on the show. She won't be great, but considering she's replacing Paula Abdul, she could sleep on the desk during the show and be more entertaining. As long as everyone remembers that the show is just "entertainment" then you won't be disappointed.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brittney

    I can't believe you people who are criticizing Ellen being a judge. I am not in the music industry either, but I am a classically trained singer, I love all types of music, and have a good ear for pitch as well. I am no more qualified to be a judge than Ellen, but I feel that I have a lot in common with her. She loves all types of music and lives her life by music in a big way. She may not be in the industry, but she has the heart to get the job done. GO ELLEN! YOU WILL BE GREAT! WE LOVE YOU!

    February 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. opeliza

    Love Ellen, but really, what type of musical background does she have that she should have a say on someone's future in the industry? Is she a music producer? At least Paula knew the music industry. I will miss her in a weird sort of way.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Debra R

    This is no slam to Ellen...she is too GOOD for IDOL....not the other way around....

    February 3, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Doug

    While I am not a big Ellen fan, her quick wit should bring something to the show.
    People comment that she is not in the music industry therefore not qualified to be a judge.
    Well neither are the fans who votes on the contestants.
    I think that Ellen will be the peoples Judge, judging on what she hears as a listener.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mona

    Absolutely. She loves music and I have no doubt she will lift the contestants spirits as opposed to Simons bitter remarks. I think she will be a nice addition to the judging staff..........get rid of Kara.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  17. bart barth

    Lets just wait and see how Ellen does. She may add spark to a show that is getting alittle boring and Simon who is a WATCH ME GUY.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. Casey

    I have been waiting for ellen to come on the show!! I am very excited for this but thought she would have added some excitment or the auditions as well!!

    February 3, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  19. Bayou Girl

    Yes, I think she will make things interesting.. shes a great woman who has feelings..

    February 3, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jeana

    She will be as good as any of them...especially Randy... His "Hey Dog", "That's dope", etc. is annoying. I am looking forward to a normal, nice person being on the panel who will be herself. I expect her to respond to the performances like most of the viewers would respond (honestly and without attitude).

    February 3, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jay

    Ya so umm Ellen and Simon would make 2 alpha males at 1 table. I have no idea why there would be problems?

    February 3, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  22. Mike

    Puala was awesome and will be missed but Ellen was absolutely the very best choice. You don't have to have a music background to know great music and good talent. How many of you sit there each week and think your the best judge of talent... Ellen will bring class, humor and a great perspective on who should advance each week and she will keep the other judges on their toes.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  23. Andi

    Whose to judge? I personally feel that some of today's music is in bad taste, some sounds awful, and I haven't figured out how some of the music got on the charts, therefore, I don't feel that Ellen needs a music background to be a judge; she probably has an ear for music. I think she would do a great job, or maybe a better job than prior judges.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  24. jlc

    I've lost all respect for Ellen if she appears on American Idiot. This show has had its 15 minutes of fame already, time to move on. What happened to the Ellen we all knew and loved......just another sellout for bigger bucks, bigger fame, but on this show?!?!? Never watched a minute, never will..

    February 3, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  25. Kailua67

    I always knew this show was a joke, and adding a comedian to the panel certainly proves that. I think Ellen is great–so funny and down to earth. She might even make me watch the show once in a while. Then again, maybe not...

    February 3, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  26. John

    Only one problem there Cheryl, Simon is leaving the show. I guess they just needed someone to fill a slot until it goes away, and they picked a perfect person to ride it into the trash.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  27. Patty

    Go Ellen....She has to be better than most of the other guest judges. She has compassion and she knows MUSIC!!! Don't kid yourself, she is multi-talented. In fact I hate American Idol but will probably watch on Feb. 9th!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  28. jim

    most of you are just plain ignorant. ignorant people who never saw Ellen's show, making comments on how she is going to ruin Idol. I see nothing but an upside for the show.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. sweetbabybutterfly

    I love Ellen, but since she has nothing to do with the music industry this is just a ratings ploy. Which WILL work, Ellen will bring humor to the show. But is she qualified to judge people musical talent? no more than the average person I dont think.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. Lisa

    Ellen is the reason I will be watching Idol, for the first time ever.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  31. jeff

    Please make this show go away. Seriously. Please. It will only be worse with Ellen.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. GeorgeF

    Put simply: With Ellen, Idol has 'Jumped the Shark".

    February 3, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  33. Debra R

    Why? Idol has jumped the shark. This is not a good fit.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  34. Nah

    The judges are there to give an opinion and the people call in to vote for their favorite artist.. If you really need a judge to tell you who to vote for...you are wasting your time.

    It's entertainment BABY!

    Ellen will be HILARIOUS!

    February 3, 2010 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  35. michelle

    Definitely! I think she's great! Could even be better than Simon. Will have to wait and see.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  36. neesh

    I don't understand why people are so against Ellen joining the show. The whole show is based on text votes and popularity amongst the public. The judges simply state what they liked or didn't like about the performance and very rarely do they give actual tips to improve a performance. If you can do the same thing based on your votes/opinions, then Ellen can absolutely do it based on her opinions. She's just more entertaining than you. 🙂

    February 3, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  37. mamaoffour

    I am wondering why too? It's not like she has a huge musical background???
    What I'm wondering is who will replace Simon after this season...

    February 3, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  38. cjc

    Hate her show. She makes me sick. NO TALENT. Low IQ entertainment. Why line her pocket with more money she only gets because the entertainment industry wants to be PC?

    February 3, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  39. cjc

    what does Ellen know about talent? first of all...she has none herself.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  40. Suzanne

    Ellen is an asset to us all, she'll be awesome for Idol, can't wait.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  41. Kishore

    I don't like her face...

    February 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. kelly

    I think the point is that she is a representative of the rest of us...just someone who likes music, who buys it and can give a "users" point of view..plus she is funny and will add a dimension to the show it has never seen before! I am excited..she is quick witted and this should be good!

    February 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  43. JoAnne Ray

    No, I'm not excited to see Ellen join the show. She was a terrible choice. She not the right person to be a judge on a show that a "singing competition" as Simon says. Bring back Paula; get rid of Ellen. That's the feeling here in Georgia.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Davelarock

    I say it's about time. The network kind of implied that she'd start the season when it originally started hyping up the show in the fall. Me and my family wanna see her on tv now.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  45. GasBag

    This new FOX Idol judge trio sounds like the start of a bad 1970's joke: "An arrogant narcissist, a blonde lesbian, and some wierd black dude flipping hand signs walk into a bar...

    Bound to be a hit!

    February 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Hector

    What in the world this woman (Ellen) is doing as a judge in this show? What does she know about music? She is not even funny at all. Paula certainly has 1000% more music talent and experience than this woman does. Idol is becoming a boring show. I will not watch the episodes when this woman is on. Bring someone else who knows something about music. Idol, get real.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  47. BC44

    Should be interesting...like Richard Simmons as color man at the Super Bowl.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Diana Bing

    OMG. She will be great. This show is a great entertainment show. For those who hate it, don't watch. For those who don't like Ellen, don't watch. If you don't like Kara, don't watch. Maybe, just maybe you can watch the show and keep your mouth shut!!

    February 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Gracie

    Ellen is one of the greatest comedians ever, but music is not her thing. Stick to your day job Ellen!

    February 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Gracie

    I love Ellen, but this is simply not her forte.

    February 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  51. beagles4u

    I think Ellen will be great-especially because she has no ties to the music industry and is a consumer, like most of us, where music is concerned. She will provide a different slant on the judging which should be interesting and let's face it, when it has come to some of the winners – America hasn't got it right.

    February 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Lori Eh

    I agree the simple question listed earlier....Ellen....WHY?

    February 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Phyllis

    It's all about the judges now ....what about the kids and their talent.
    No one cares anymore.

    February 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Melanie

    Simon's leaving, Ellen's starting....whatever. Who cares? The problem with American Idol is that there is WAY too much pomp and circumstance, WAY too many commercials (gotta luv greed), WAY too much filler, WAY too many sappy special interest stories and not enough CONTENT. By content, I mean things like...oh.... um...SINGING, for example (either good or bad) which is what I though was the whole point of this show to begin with. I've already stopped watching.

    February 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Willy Brown

    Guess she will be the between commercial entertainment dancing while doing that dumb coat flapping like she trying to fly. Her knowledge of music talent can best be delivered by a fax machine sitting in the judges table.

    February 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  56. SteveH

    I think I am going to be Nauseous. A no talent on a talent show. Great idea.

    February 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Berford

    Get rid of Ellen. I think she's funny and is a very entertaining talk show host but this isn't a good fit at all for her or the show. It could actually hurt the show. I would also boot Kara. Her overacting makes me hit the fast forward on the DVR every time. Actually every time she opens her mouth I hit the FF button. The best formula for the show would be to have Randy and Simon and a guest music industry person each week. Thats only 20 to 25 musicians, singers, or song writers a season. Mix it with some oldies that aren't doing much with a few seasoned vets that are still hot and then add some up and comers that have a hit or two. I can name two seasons worth right off the top of my head. That would add a bit of excitement each week and maybe even have then do a song and give advice to boot.

    February 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  58. PAUL

    Idol has "Jump The Shark"......Thank you Ellen!

    February 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  59. vegan

    Ellen features young, up-and-coming singers and performers on her show all the time. She would make a great judge on 'American Idol'.

    February 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  60. elsa

    all I can say is I like Ellen . . . I love Simon and Paula . . . Randy is okay and that other girl is pretty boring and has an insignificant personality although she did took off her clothes last year on stage, still didn't do that much to her personality.

    February 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Judy

    yes, Ellen will be a great replacement for Paula. Paula never acted like she knew that much anyway so Ellen will be you and me giving her opinion as she hears it. I love you Ellen

    February 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jimmie

    I enjoy the final 12.........the rest is nonsence. Yes, I like Ellen as a judge because she has a unique way of looking at the whole person. True she has little or no "Musical background," however she certainly knows good from bad. Let's give her a chance....................I'm positive she won't be as irritating as Paula. jb

    February 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Michael

    Everything has it's day and then it's gone. All artists, shows, trends and fads come and go. Idol is no different. Why expect it to last any longer than any show before it, or stay the same? Nothing stays the same, it all comes, grows, fades and goes, changing along the way. Stop expecting Idol to be any different. Enjoy it while it's here. Enjoy the parts you like, fast forward through the parts you don't. You can't please all the people all the time. One day Idol will be only on the reruns network, like Andy Griffith, Mr. Ed and The Gong Show. They were tops in their day, too. All things must pass...

    February 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kelly in Colorado

    Can't wait for Ellen!

    February 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Meg

    Ellen did a great job as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. She gave some constructive criticism with a heart and was quick to disagree with judges when they were unnecessarily nasty to the kids. I'm looking forward to seeing her on Idol.

    February 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  66. paul

    bring back paula! what is ellen's musical background?

    February 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Bill

    People who are knocking Ellen know nothing about her. She is more than her talk show. She is a producer and entertainer in both film and television. She is very capable of judging talent. She is also going to add much needed humor. Paula's comments were a huge waste of time. Ellen will add so much more than Paula ever did. This is shaping up to be a great season!

    February 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Donna

    Great to see Ellen do something different. Will miss Paula like a hole in the head!!! Idol is great look at your charts and broadway shows , they are everywhere. An Idol fan.

    February 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Annette

    Not only am I not excited about Ellen but I think she is not the right person for the job. This could be the end for me being an Idol fan. She knows nothing about music or singing. nD SHE IS NOT EVEN FUNNY IN MY OPINION. i DO NOT KNOW HOW SHE GOT HER OWN SHOW. As far as Simon, I love him, she is brutally honest at times and even hurts some peoples feeling but at least he knows talent when he sees it.

    February 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  70. I Have To Laugh

    jfrancis is a bigot. (see 3:42 pm ET). Anyways, we're all judging at home and so did Ellen. Do we really need a music "pro" to judge what every American and Canadian judge week after week on Idol? Let's just laugh and sing along and you know what? Perhaps those who blah blah blah against Ellen may actually find themselves having a good time instead of poopooing the show 'cause they can't get along. Lighten up people! Have some fun!

    February 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dave in Connecticut

    Bring back Shania Twain, she was awesome. As for Ellen, I could take her or leave her. I still can't believe they made her a model for Cover Girl make up, what were they thinking? Ellen doesn't and can't hold a candle to Paula, the quality of entertainment was lost when she left the show, and now Simon's leaving too, ratings will go down the loo for sure.

    February 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Terry

    Ellen has an eye and an ear for talent. Have you heard her sing? She's good...and she's entertaining. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing how she handles all this.

    February 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  73. upset

    When Ellen joins the show I am done watching! This is American Idol. Does Ellen fit that description?

    February 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Susiedarling

    I will give her a try but basically I am not happy at all about her joining IDOL. And once Simon is gone, that will be it. He may be rude at times but he is usually 99% on. He knows his stuff and that is why they continue to pay him the big bucks.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Gary spokane

    What are they doing hiring "another" non singing VIP to be a judge on american idol. A comedian as a judge for someone trying to get a break in a singing career and one of the judges is a comedian...what are the producers thinking.. There are plenty of a pool of professional singers that could fill the position even some prior winners from American Idol..

    Ellen may be funny but actually she's not someone I would want evaluating my singing ability , knowing that her resume is that of a joker not professional singer..her comments may as well
    go down to toilet. she will probably allow all contestants go forward with that big old dumb grin she has.. Judge Judy would at least be honest and not blow smoke at someone with smiles and laughter..

    disgusting american idol is losing its popularity ...wonder why, hum.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. JayDee

    I find it rather humorous in a way some of you just "aren't going to
    watch IDOL anymore" because of Ellen or loss of Paula or whatever. It's "still" a free country, so DON'T watch IDOL– I bet you will
    though!! You will WANT to find "more fault" with Ellen, or the show itself-some people just live to be critical, focus on the negatives instead of the good IDOL represents. We have some great talent
    discovered because of IDOL–Carrie Underwood, just one of many.......

    February 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Kathy

    I can't wait....should be fun....let's give her a chance....

    February 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  78. MilwWI

    I'm happy to see EG on AI! Simon can go suck an egg. Looking forward to 2/9!!

    February 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  79. White Womens Overbite

    This is the lamest AI ideal to date. This is a woman that was once a funny stand up comedian....only to completely sellout to Hollywood with her sitcom, coming out for attention and her unwatchable talk show. One of the absolutely most excruciating parts of watching TV is the off-chance that you will fiip on a channel and see her dancing.


    The moment this talentless hack begins dancing.....watch the ratings drop, the votes reduce and the "hype" for AI dwindle. This is the beginning of the end for AI. She does not have a male fan in this world....females love her dancing but the truth is she has enought talent to last a.......lunchtime!!!

    February 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |

    Ellen will give this show the spark it needed. Kara tries to be ghetto, Paula was either drunk all the time, or overly dramatic with her stupidity and lack of speaking abilities. Randy is a decent judge and Simon basically steals the show whether he is loved or hated. They need Ellen now for when Simon leaves for his own show next summer because once he is gone.. start saying your goodbyes to idol.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Idollover

    I agree Ellen has no music experience (that I know of), but she's a lot more entertaining than Kara whom I think was mistake #1. The woman either agrees with Randy or Simon, but never seems to have an opinion of her own and I know she writes music, but so what? No one ever heard of her before Idol anyway and she's as interesting as a wet rag...and has just as much to offer. I say get Kara off the show and keep Randy, Ellen and Simon. By the way, who do we want to take Simon's place next year...any suggestions?

    February 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Carolyn

    I like Ellen but I think that this is a really stupid move – on her part and that of the show. I just don't get it.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  83. JayDee

    Ellen will prove to be advantageous to Idol. She has a good following,
    has a great personality, and has been very successful in her
    endeavors. Give her a chance! Also, one of the greatest things
    about Idol is how many families can enjoy this program together.
    I personally will miss Idol if and when it ever ends.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  84. sandra

    I'm not sure why everyone is JUDGING Ellen. She hasn't even been on the show yet. Give it a chance, I think shes going to be a great addition to Idol and I for one can't WAIT to hear her input!

    February 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  85. JC

    Strategical Error! We'll no longer be watching.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kara

    i would rather see and listen to ellen rather than Kara!! I can not stand that women, i really have a hard time watching it with her being a judge.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  87. ddd

    I love Ellen, but not sure if she's a good fit for American Idol. Regarding Paula, I could never see why she was a judge, her music was awful. Her songs sound so nasally.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  88. SLH

    Great to have her here – she is the people's voice on the judging panel. Good for her.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Ryan

    Big mistake. She doesn't have the skills to judge music talent other than her personal taste. The show is going down hill fast. Adding Diaguardi last year was a mistake and Paula's departure was the final nail. Bye bye American Idol

    February 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Omaha Reader

    Love Ellen! Can't wait to see her on AI. Well, I already love AI anyway so honestly, who comes and goes, doesn't matter to me... still will watch the show until it is not on the air anymore... 🙂

    February 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. why

    they should have got someone that could at least sing to be a judge . i guess we will see how it goes. once Simon is gone im not watching any more.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  92. topsy ( in ontario, canada)

    i would like to know where is her back ground knowledge in music???? where's Paula..and NO SIMON...NO SHOW,,,im sure ratings will fall,,,come back simon,,love the show with you

    February 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  93. GaryS

    She's reasonably funny, sometimes. But what makes her useful as a musician critic? Paula knew her stuff.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Suzanne

    Bring back Paula!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Cindy La Greca

    If I were a contestant I wouldn't take anything Ellen has to say seriously. I love her but she has NO musical/industry experience to back it up. Katy Perry would have been a good choice.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jonathan

    Seems to me that the argument you need to be in the "music industry" to be a constructive contribution to American Idol assumes a bit too much about the integrity and authenticity of the show. The judges are as much a part of the entertainment as the performers and Ellen, in my opinion, will be an entertaining addition. As it is, the audience ends up voting for the winner, and we have less experience in the music industry than Ellen does.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Elona

    Just as long as she keeps the one-liner jokes to a minimum. They got quite tiresome last year.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  98. tmoney

    Can't wait for Ellen to join the Judges table...She'll do a great job..The most "happy go lucky" person I've ever seen...she tries to be an encouragement to all she comes into contact with....Lord knows this world needs more like her...!!!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  99. jfrancis

    to answer the 'Why?" question. Ellen is on a popular tv program because gays and lesbians are treated like royalty in hollywood. They displace regular people and always want to be in the spotlight, while at the same time saying 'we're just normal people, we want to live a regular life like everyone else' Yeah right. A bad move for a bad excuse of a tv show

    February 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  100. LPLT

    It's about time that Idol gave us a fan's voice among the judges. Someone who knows entertainment but doesn't necessarily have a musical background.

    If nothing else, she will make the show more fun.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Sunny Palace

    Don't like Ellen ~ I want Paula back!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jane

    Can't wait to see Ellen Please, Please take away Kara she is not cute, kinda rude and totally not funny when she tries to be. Please get her off the judges panel !!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Sue

    Ellen irritated me on the dancing show, she was so involved in getting in that last laugh, that I no longer cared what she had to say. Hopefully on Idol she won't be so full of herself and think of the contestant

    February 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mary B

    I really like Ellen...but she should do her show..and stay off Idol

    February 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Tired

    This is why I will no longer watch the show.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  106. rj4a

    Personally, I think they should have got Richard Branson to be a guest judge. He would have been a hoot.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  107. citizenUSA

    I love Ellen but I don't think she belongs on "Idol" for the obvious reasons many have already stated. Seems to just be ratings booster for Fox.

    It's a shame for the contestants. I always felt that these kids were more fortunate than they realized, having access to industry pros and equipment, as well as the general exposure.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  108. bill singer

    Who cares, she's a nice women, but I miss Paula.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Moonflower

    I can't wait for Ellen to start Idol! All she will have to do to get her point across is to give 'that look'! Nobody is better than Ellen at that! She will be an amazing counterpart to Simon and the rest of the gang and she is just plain fun!!!!

    Go Ellen! Help us pick that next American Idol!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  110. missing paula

    I don't have high expectations for Ellen, but hope to be pleasantly surprised next week!!!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Karen B

    Judges add entertainment value ... but this, at least for me, is about watching the hopefuls who for some never dreamed they could have a career ... realize it's possible, grow and develop in a matter of weeks and shine in the end. You get to know them and the personality they show along with their talent is more important than the judges bantering ... although constructive criticism and appropriate praise is always welcomed. I think it's punishing the participants if you don't agree with the joices of judges made by the producers and that is not fair to them.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  112. ontcan

    Aside from saying, "Dog this...Dog that, and that was pitchy dude", I don't really know what Randy brings to the judging panel despite his experience in the music industry.

    I'm not the biggest Ellen fan but I agree that she will at least bring some freshness to the stale judging panel and lend the average joe perspective to the group and contestants. It's really too bad that she couldn't have judged the early rounds to see her reaction to the lunatic wannabes who show up in the regional auditions.

    I just hope that the other judges respect her opinion and it doesn't become about Simon or Kara putting her down because she's not from the music biz!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  113. candlemakers

    I love Ellen but, not on American Idol. I still miss Paula.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  114. bill

    I have watched every year and as soon as she goes on I will no longer watch the show

    February 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  115. ColoradoD

    Come on people. Like American Idol is only about the music. It's WAY more about the entertainment value and Ellen is a superb entertainer who may just save the show. This show is headed out the door if something doesn't happen soon.....

    February 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Sam

    Ellen will represent those of us who are the final arbiters. Those of us who listen to the radio, buy the CD's or download the MP3's are the ultimate authority.

    You do not need to be a musician to have an ear for what will sell to the public. I hope that Ellen's sharp wit and ability to come back with zingers to anything Simon could throw at her will make for good entertainment. I for one am looking forward to the new season.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Scoot

    Ellen who?
    Idol is a what?

    Oh is that show still on?

    I swore it off this year and I actually dont miss it and dont care really!!

    Plus I have a thousand extra free hours away from the boob tube.

    I know I know im on this board but a click and a few key strokes is me trying to pass this info on!


    February 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Billy

    Love Ellen but she has no business being on Idol. This show needs to end after this season.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Robert - former NY

    Yeah, she will be great battling Simon, but let's be real, judging for Idol, I think once Simon is gone look at this as being the last hurah for the show. I like it, but I don't know that I'll be able to watch it with Ellen as a judge.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Michelle

    Ellen is what the show needs, since its becoming so boring..
    maybe she can lift it back up. She is a great role model and she is just herself. She will be great! get rid of that other lady with the brown hair she is annoying and is like duh! get Paula Back! Keep Randy and lose over paid Simon,,,his pay is so crazy people are starving hellooo america!!

    February 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  121. whatthehellever

    Ellen is funny. She is smart. Being in the entertainment business, she probably has heard enough wannabees to know if someone can sign or not. Paula was cute, but contributed little. Some of those guest judges were ridiculous, so Ellen will be a welcome change. Shania Twain and Neil Patrick Harris were the only 2 guest judges that had a clue. Ellen will be just fine. Besides, Simon will be gone next year. Then what?

    February 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Heather

    I, for one, am thrilled Ellen will be a judge on idol. Ellen being a judge is the only reason I will be watching this lame show after the auditions! She may not have any music industry experience BUT she has tons of experience in making it in Hollywood. She did not get to where she is because she is someone's daughter. She had to fight her way there. She will be able to judge whether or not she thinks someone can make it in the industry. An industry which takes a strong person to survive. She will be a good judge of that aspect.

    Oh and by the way...Ellen is funny!!!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Suzie

    Thank God, I can't stand Kara! Ellen will be a great addition to the show this season!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Nicole

    I love Ellen and think she will bring something new and fresh to Idol. I don't know how anyone can say that they miss Paula...to me she was the biggest joke!!! I have been an Idol fan since the beginning, and I am sure Ellen will keep me one. Now when Simon leaves, that's a totally different story...

    February 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Cathy

    Ellen is great.........but I do hope we will see her serious side. She knows these kids are looking for their path to stardom as she once did.
    As for Simon I respect him for the most part. He does have an eye for talent (Carrie Underwood) but is human and doesn't always make the correct selection (or comments)......i. e.( Jennifer Hudson). He can get his point across without some of the rude comments he makes. He does not have to hurt someones feelings......but at the same time and in defence of him some who audtioned should realize they should never have even tried out. I would not be at all surprised if this was the final season for Idol......but I have to agree with Randy. This show is about those who are auditioning.....not the judges. I miss Paula. I think everyone misses Paula but I do not blame her one second for leaving.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Gail Snail

    Just wondering, why Ellen? She is not a musician. She is not a singer. Where is her expertise in judging a singing talent contest? Besides, why hasn't she been in the selection process up until now?

    February 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Jules

    I think it is time for someone on the Judge's panel to express the fan perspective. Doesn't need to be someone in the music business, but someone who understands the entertainment industry in general. And to be funny along with the constructive criticism we all wish we could give as fans.... Ellen is a perfect choice.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Guy B.

    It's a music talent contest \ (popularity contest) it now seems it's more about the judges than the talent!!!
    Get it back to where it belongs a music talent contest, with people who are in the business of making music da!!!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Johnny

    Can someone please tell me what the hell Ellen knows about muscianship? They say she can dance...she can't, she has a talk show....thats it....she ain't even funny ...goes to show...with no talent you can b.s. your way to fame.....when she comes to the show...they will lose alot of folks...shes a joke

    February 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Jan

    Ellen will bring humor to the show. And you don't have to be a music expert to know if something sounds good! She'll do just fine, and give the show a boost! Even the nay-sayers will be tuned it.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Jon

    Does she have ANY music experience or is she just there to be the replacement "Nice" judge?

    February 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Carol

    Simply put...NO. She has nothing to do with the music industry and I feel she'll be trying to be center of attention as always. She'll work on taking the focus off of the contestants and on herself....you got this one really wrong Idol!!! WE MISS PAULA!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  133. cccccccccccccccc

    it's about time

    February 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Melissa

    And the moment this annoying woman shows her face is the moment they lose me.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  135. next in line

    Make this show go away please?

    They only got it right in the beginning and after that ... whatever?

    So totally blah!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Alfonze

    Ellen Rocks!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Glenn

    Exactly! She's not even connected to the music industry. What qualifies her as an expert that can critique and give valuable insight?

    February 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Cheryl

    Yes, I think she will be great tangling with Simon!

    February 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Jeff Martinez

    Plain and simple...... WHY?

    February 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |

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