Ellen Debuts on American Idol as New Judge
Ellen will debut on American Idol tonight. The popular talk-show host will make her first appearance on American Idol after replacing former judge Paula Abdul.
It will be interesting to see how Ellen gels with the other American Idol judges; Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi. How will Ellen's style compare with Abdul's frequently out-there yet supportive persona?
"Ellen brings a huge fanbase and people will be curious to see how she does. But if she performs poorly, that is bad for the show's long-term health," Entertainment Weekly senior writer Michael Slezak told Reuters.
Extra pressure will be on Ellen to find her footing quickly, as it was announced that this will be Simon Cowell's last season on American Idol. Cowell is the face of Idol, and if Ellen is able to have a strong first-year judge, it will make next year's transition that much easier.
Will Ellen team up with Simon to add some fiery criticism to the show? Or will she try to replace Abdul's pleasant and supportive attitude? Tune in to FOX tonight for the American Idol season premiere.