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February 26, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres' 'Idol' performance draws mixed reviews

Posted: 09:27 AM ET

Even before Ellen DeGeneres took her seat on "American Idol," the roar began.

Cries of "What does she know about music" and "Bring back Paula Abdul" lit up blogs and message boards. Then the next shoe dropped - anchor judge Simon Cowell announced that the ninth season would be his last.

Fans had barely adjusted to the addition of a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi, the season before. Once it was announced that DeGeneres was coming onboard, the naysayers were even more perturbed.

The whole situation brought DeGeneres into a whirlwind of drama, exacerbated by rumors that she and Cowell don't get along (both deny that's the case) and initial performances by contestants that have been less than stellar.

Now, after fans have had a week to check out DeGeneres' live judging of the talent competition, the talk show host and comic appears to be almost as polarizing as last season's runner-up, Adam Lambert.

"I knew it was going to be bad as soon as they announced it," said Brian Wheaton, who started a Facebook group called "Ellen is going to RUIN IDOL!"

"Why bring her on?" Wheaton said. "Because she's funny? We had plenty of humor before with Paula and Simon."

Change is never easy, but it's even more difficult for an enterprise that has a multitude of diehard fans and has ranked No. 1 in the ratings for the past five seasons. For a show like "Idol," which leans so heavily on formula, tweaking the dynamic can prove to be tricky.

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Carol Londres   February 26th, 2010 10:04 am ET

The only familiar and enjoyable part of the show now is Ryan and Randy – and they are not miracle workers. Whomever added Ellen to this mix does not have a clue what works and what does not. I have no interest at all in what Ellen wants to say to the singer or to us. This show is now pathetic.


AlphaPoe1   February 26th, 2010 1:31 pm ET

I love Ellen and her own show, but IF IT"S TRUE that she has no clue about talent judging, she shouldn't be a judge on American Idol. If it's NOT TRUE, then she may just need a little time, as she just started. I think Simon is half the entertainment of watching the show. When he leaves the show, I won't be as interested in watching it every week.


Susan Bannister   February 26th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

It just seems as though Ellen Degeneres is sort out out of her realm–she does not seem focused on this program but is merely there to catch more of the limelight–I really like her but she is out of her talk show host occupation–she seems nervous and unsure of herself and mimics and copies some of the other judges comments–I wish she would shut up and think about what she is saying and then give her input on the show–I think she'll be ousted before all is said and done–she is not original with her comments and wish her well!


Joe G. (Illinois)   February 26th, 2010 4:18 pm ET

I don’t watch “American Idol” just like I don’t watch “The Apprentice.” The two shows have too much Americana for my taste. But I think Kris Jenner is more Americana than Ellen DeGeneres and Americans might like the show a lot better if she was on.


Terry, TX   February 26th, 2010 4:33 pm ET

Ellen Sucked....really, really sucked.


jan   February 26th, 2010 4:35 pm ET

People need to take a look at themselves if they only watch the programme to see simon cowell putting people down.


Jim Carroll   February 26th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUMMIT WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND
REPUBLICANS PROVED ONE THING: THAT DEMOCRATS CARE
ABOUT HEALTH-CARE FOR PEOPLE, AND THE REPUBLICANS
CARE ABOUT PROTECTING INSURANCE COMPANIES AND DOCTORS.

THANKS TO DAVID GERGEN OF CNN NEWS FOR DOING SOME READING AT THE INTERNETFREEPRESS. IF HILLARY CLINTON WOULD DO A LITTLE HOME WORK AT THE INTERNETFREEPRESS.COM, SHE WOULD KNOW THAT AMERICA
DOES NOT NEED TO BE A DEBTOR NATION.


Gerald Jolly   February 26th, 2010 8:01 pm ET

Only one question for you folks.

WHO DIED, AND MADE ELLEN DEGENERATE, A JUDGE OF TALENT OF ANY KIND????????


Julia   February 26th, 2010 8:53 pm ET

Ellen DeGeneres is a refreshment to American Idol. She is sane and doesn't act as if she is all drugged up and out.
She has sound constructive criticicm without destroying the spirit. She has original comments without the same phrases that everyone uses. Hopefully, she remains on American Idol.
To my surprise, I like her better than Paula.


Cindy   February 26th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

I think Ellen brings some good traits to the program. She is very honest and sincere; I think the contestants will appreciate her.


Sandra   February 27th, 2010 12:17 am ET

I think Ellen is doing a great job. She's very down to earth and sincere. And heck – what do any of us know about talent?


Rob   February 27th, 2010 2:19 am ET

The show has "jumped the shark" Bang the gong now!


Eddie Cole   February 27th, 2010 10:01 am ET

I think its sad the people are so narrow minded. Anybody can sit on a panel. Its entertaining whoever has witty remarks, and comments. All these shows are the same anyway....There's someone pro, con, and bias.....I'm ashamed of the American public when I read and hear such silly crap! Change isn't easy, but thats LIFE!!


Darcy   March 1st, 2010 4:40 am ET

I don't even think Ellen does a good job on her show. She's not even a good interviewer. What she's good @ is playing games & giving things away. Really–if she stopped giving gifts away & stopped playing those silly games her audience certainly would be less. She certainly likes to brag herself up–how many times did we have tohear about her cover on Oprah & her being the next judge on Idol-too many!


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