During the first night of American Idol's Hollywood auditions, Ellen DeGeneres made a great impression on viewers. She's funny and she's fresh.
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After just one night, Ellen DeGeneres seems right at home on the judge's panel. We loved her funny and fresh opening performance.
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No way Simon Cowell would give the thumbs up to a record deal with Robert Pattinson, would he? That's the rumor.
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Welcome to the world's most popular show, Joe Jonas. The cute singer guest judges an episode of American Idol.
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We love Kristin Chenoweth. She guest judges an episode of American Idol, prior to the season's Hollywood round.
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Victoria Beckham serves as a guest judge on season nine of American Idol. We're not sure what she knows about singing.
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Welcome to American Idol, Neil Patrick Harris. The hilarious actor serves as a season nine guest judge.
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Shania Twain is seated next to the American Idol judges you know and love in this shot from season nine.
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Randy, Simon and Kara are joined by a special guest on season nine: star singer Mary J. Blige.
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Katy Perry joins the American Idol judging table for one episode of season nine. She's seen here.
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Randy, Simon and Kara are seen here during an early stage of season nine. They are joined by guest judge Avril Lavigne.
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This is the usual Simon Cowell look. He pulls off a t-shirt as well as anyone in Hollywood.
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Simon Cowell Biography

New American Idol Judges Simon Cowell is our favorite American Idol judge. He's sometimes mean, but always honest and entertaining. He also knows how to put Paula... More »
Born
Birthplace
Simon Phillip Cowell
Full Name
Brighton, East Sussex, England

Simon Cowell Quotes

It was a little bit like Chihuahua trying to be a tiger.

Simon Cowell [following David Archuleta's attempt to sing a Chris Brown song]

I’d pack your suitcase.

Simon Cowell [to Jason Castro, after the former sung "I Shot the Sheriff"]