News that talk show host and comedian Ellen Degeneres will be the newest addition the newest addition to the American Idol judging panel is taking the entertainment industry by storm today after Ellen exclusively revealed the news on her show.
Ellen, 51, is extremely excited to join the show and insists that she’s going to be the people’s voice as a judge.
“Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you,” DeGeneres explained when she revealed the news.
“I sit at home and I watch it, and I don’t have that technical … I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person.”
Much like former Idol judge Paula Abdul, Ellen is taking the opposite approach towards idol hopefuls than her judging counterpart Simon Cowell.
“I’m not going to be mean,” she tells On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “I hate it when Simon’s that mean.”
Ellen is taking a few tips from Paula when it comes to judging this season’s contestants. “I think you can be honest in a pretty kind way. I hope to be that compassionate person. That’s the one thing Paula did bring, that compassion.”
And how does Paula Abdul feel about Ellen’s new role?
“I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol,” Abdul tweeted today. “She is wildly funny, talented and I wish her the best of luck!”
What do you think of Ellen as the next American Idol judge?