American Idol Season 9 Promo Pics: Released!

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It's official: Ellen DeGeneres is part of the American Idol family.

The comedian was announced as the show's fourth judge, taking over for Paula Abdul, months ago. But she now appears in a series of promotional photos for the competition and there's truly no going back.

Ellen will debut on the panel on February 9.

Prior to that, Idol will feature a number of celebrity guest judges - including Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry - as it narrows its season nine field down to the Hollywood round.

The New Panel

American Idol will begin its search for the next Kris Allen, Adam Lambert or Carrie Underwood is less than a week! It premieres on January 12 and THG will be there every step of the way, posing almost-daily reviews, recaps and videos of contestants.

Won't you join us? For now, check out Ellen and the rest of the cast below:

Ellen as a Judge
Simon Photograph
Randy Jackson Pic
Ellen Promo Pic

She's doing it for the multimillion dlaolr paychecks. I am disappointed. I like Ellen, but she knows nothing more than the average person about music. What gets me is that they didn't want to pay Paula more so she left, but I'm guessing they are paying Ellen at least 5 million more than they were paying Paula.I can see Ellen hogging the spotlight too and giving the judges less time to comment.


Ellen has been the cream of American Idol, she helps to balance off the whole judges comment with her twist of humor. Great addition!


This is awful!!!! I hate Ellen!!!!!!


Although Paula will be missed so very very much,and never forgotten.I think Ellen will be the next best.She is very well loved and a very funny lady.I believe you all made a very good choice for having Ellen as Paula's replacement.Once again Judges you have made a wise choice that will pay off in the future on"American Idol".I am so excited for it to start this season,i have never missed one single show or one minute of any show.Your the greatest.I love you all,my dream would be to meet you all.But i know it will never happen,so thank god for American Idol i get to see you all on a weekely basis.Thank you.xoxoxo


Is Simon playing pocket pool?

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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]