September 10, 2009
Posted: 03:00 PM ET
By Gil Kaufman
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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