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September 10, 2009

Ellen on Idol: Will it Work?

Posted: 03:00 PM ET

art.degeneres.giBy Gil Kaufman
MTV.com

Chances are good that hardcore "American Idol" watchers wouldn't be satisfied with anyone producers signed up to replace beloved original panelist Paula Abdul.

But the announcement on Wednesday that comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — an avowed huge fan of the show — will be taking the fourth judge's seat for season nine brought at best a mixed reaction, at worst a chorus of boos and concerns that she might throw a wrench in the works. (MTV News' Jim Cantiello has his opinions as well.)

"I think [the powers that be] had their sights set on hiring an A-lister rather than say, a pop singer who has seen better days [which Abdul arguably was]," wrote MJ Santilli, founder of the popular "Idol" blog MJsBigBlog.com. "Ellen does have a fan base all her own, and the curiosity factor will bring in viewers. Plus, Ellen will pimp the hell out of the show (she kinda already does) on her talk show. But man, she really was awkward and unfunny when she guest-judged on ["So You Think You Can Dance"] over the summer, so I hope that she brushes up on her skills between now and November."

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Gerald Jolly   September 10th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

Ellen on American Idol??

That should work, the other members of the panel are disfunctional morons also.

WHY NOT ELLEN????


carol kesling   September 10th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

@ gerald, naughty,naughty boy....why arent you over on the michael jackson blog ??? jermaine is making the family a little pissed off !!!!!i will read you on the M.J. blog later no doubt.lol.....


carol kesling   September 10th, 2009 5:07 pm ET

by the way i do like ellen, she is a breath of fresh air....


Enne   September 10th, 2009 5:51 pm ET

I love Ellen,
and I agree that she sucked as a judge on the dance show,
i hope she grows some balls and can give a real opinion on Idol.
I think she'll be a good balance to Simon, though I wonder if she'll get into it with any of the judges on the show and how she'll handle it. that will be interesting. Kara I think has gotta go, she adds nothing to the show.
I hope this is a good move for Ellen!
we'll just have to wait and see...


Enne   September 10th, 2009 5:52 pm ET

I love Ellen,
and I agree that she sucked as a judge on the dance show,
i hope she grows some balls and can give a real opinion on Idol.
I think she’ll be a good balance to Simon, though I wonder if she’ll get into it with any of the judges on the show and how she’ll handle it. that will be interesting. Kara I think has gotta go, she adds nothing to the show.
I hope this is a good move for Ellen!
we’ll just have to wait and see…


Terry, TX   September 10th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

Yuck!!!


vallary   September 10th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

I like Ellen a lot and I think she will be refreshing to a show that is loosing ratings.


anna marie   September 10th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Ellen does not belong on American Idol she will ruin the show


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