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September 10, 2009

"Idol" Chit Chat: Ellen DeGeneres Replaces Paula

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On her daytime talk show, she's known for her dancing, but come January, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres will be a very influential figure in the singing world.  That's because it was announced by Fox that DeGeneres will take over the judge slot vacated several weeks ago by Paula Abdul on "American Idol."

From the Fox press release,

“I’m thrilled to be the new judge on AMERICAN IDOL,” said DeGeneres. ”I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text in my vote.”

“I could not be more excited to have Ellen join the AMERICAN IDOL family,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “Ellen has been a fan of the show for many years, and her love of music and understanding of the American public will bring a unique human touch to our judging panel. I can’t wait for this next season to begin.”

What do I think?

I think it's an interesting choice.  With Ellen, "Idol" gets back as many, if not more viewers than they might have lost with Paula leaving.  Ellen also brings the "nice" factor that so many "Idol" viewers liked about Paula.  Hopefully without Paula's truly off the wall wackiness.

And let's face it, Ellen will be entertaining because she's funny, but at the same time as long as that fourth judge is still there, the one who shall remain nameless, Ellen won't have much time to talk.

The other down side, as far as I know, Ellen doesn't have a clue about pitchiness, vocal ranges, or octaves.  On the other hand, I'm sure she can pull off the following lines very well:

  • "You look beautiful tonight.
  • "Your song choice wasn't the best, but you look beautiful tonight.
  • "You're coming into being you, as yourself grows into the singer that you can grow with your inner singer and...er, you look really, really beautiful tonight.
  • Simon, get your hand off my thigh.

Ellen, welcome to "Idol."


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