A spokeswoman for â€śAmerican Idolâ€ť announced yesterday (September 09, 2009) that Ellen DeGeneres would come on the hit FOX show as a new judge. Read more about the story here.
â€śAIâ€ť is gearing up for its ninth season, which will begin in 2010, adding Ellen DeGeneres to the judgeâ€™s panel in hopes that she will be the fresh breath of life that the show needs. After many years of entertaining live audiences the comedian/talk-show-host brings a great deal of experience to the table.
DeGeneres, who will fill the vacant seat that was formerly occupied by ex-judge Paula Abdul exclaimed on Wednesday that:
â€śI’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. 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.”
And according to FOX, the feeling is quite mutual. â€śShe is truly one of Americaâ€™s funniest people,â€ť raved the network, before going on to say that she truly knows how to entertain an audience.
As for the rest of the judgeâ€™s table, familiar faces Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will all be returning next season, which begins in January.
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