Ellen DeGeneres to Become Full-Time Judge on American Idol

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We love Ellen DeGeneres. She's the funniest talk show host on the planet and she has a really hot wife.

Heck, she can even dance well, as Ellen is known to start each program with a bit of a boogie.

But, to our knowledge, the comedian has zero singing expertise, making her an odd choice to replace Paula Abdul as the fourth judge on American Idol. Still, that's exactly what's taken place, confirms Fox.

"DeGeneres will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi and offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition," the network said in a statement.

New Idol Judge

Said DeGeneres, with her typically understated, dry wit:

"I'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."

Ellen - who is keeping her talk show host gig - added that she'll bring the perspective of someone "who is going to buy the music." That's fine and all, but Monday Night Football tried a similar idea with Dennis Miller as an announcer and it failed miserably.

Most upset about this decision will be Simon Cowell. DeGeneres is a lesbian. Unlike Abdul, her flirting with Cowell will likely be kept to a minimum.

Are you excited for Ellen to serve as a judge?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]