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Ellen: I'm the New Judge on 'American Idol'

9/9/2009 9:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul's vacant seat at the judges table on "American Idol" has officially been filled ... by Ellen DeGeneres.



Ellen announced the big news during a taping of her talk show today, saying "I have a big announcement to make. No one knows this ... I am going to be the new judge on 'American Idol.'"

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61.

UGGGGHHH    

ELLEN IS THE BEST....

1784 days ago
62.

same same same    

like this makes sense! no music backgound.... crap! Homosexuals are ruining everthing! poor adam came out one season to early!

1784 days ago
63.

lkjmpb    

Is this a joke? I can't believe this, and the chemistry would really be off. I wonder how Simon fells about all this?
Bad choice, should have kept Paula.

1784 days ago
64.

ex lax    

the lesbian american idols have it made!

1784 days ago
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Canadian Comment    

Congratulations to Ellen! Kudos to the American Idol producers. This is an absolutely brilliant plan that will bring back AI fans who, yawn, yawn, were tiring of the old judging panel. And, it will be interesting to see if Ellen will be happy to be a player on the team, or will her celebrity upstage and overshadow her peers on the judging panel. My humble opinion from small town Ontario, Canada; Ellen will be the headliner this year; her popularity alone trumps the contestants and the panel.

1784 days ago
66.

Saved    

I will no longer watch it!!!!

1784 days ago
67.

Darrelacity    

Go to Darrelacity.webs.com

1784 days ago
68.

Wasted Spice    

Ellen is okay , but the way they got rid of Paula , well, i'll never watch that talent show again.

1784 days ago
69.

Wasted Spice    

opposite" HAHAHAHAA

1784 days ago
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Canadian Comment    

Oh, all you American Idol non-watchers, I think you are so wrong. You may swear 24/7, on Harvey Levin's book of Good Ethical Practices for Tabloid News Dealers and Pimps, that you will not watch, but you will. You will watch at least once out of curiosity, or you'll watch once to gather ammunition to criticize.

1784 days ago
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elaine    

I beleive Ellen will do a great job

1784 days ago
72.

Tommy    

GREAT!! I am sooo excited!! Ellen is a great person and she knows what the public wants! She is definitely the perfect choice! And why the hell are all of you saying they should have someone judge who is fimiliar with the "music" biz?!?! Simon isnt in the "music" biz, so shut the hell up everybody!! Now they have 2 people who are "in" the music biz, and 2 people wo are not! Equal!! Music and dancing and entertaining is Ellen's passion and love, she's great for this!! :D

1784 days ago
73.

LC    

Much as I am a huge fan of Ellen and her show, I'm not sure how and what she can contribute, as a judge, to American Idol. As a loyal follower of So You Think You Can Dance, I was really not impressed with her guest judge appearance in one of the shows this past season. She provided 'entertainment' and comedy, but there was no purpose to her appearance; no constructive comments. She made no difference... and I'm not sure if she will make a difference to the contestants and to the show.

I hope it all works out!

1784 days ago
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ileandromp    

She's not going as an music expert, she's going as one of us, to represent the people that goes to the store and buy the cds.

I feel bad for Paula tho. being replaced with Ellen got to hurt.

1784 days ago
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NICOLE    

I AM SO UPSET ABOUT THIS !!!! WHY ELLEN ???? I AM NOT EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT SEASON AT ALL !!!!

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