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Ellen DeGeneres used her Twitter page to make an interesting announcement last night. She ‘tweeted’: Dim the lights…I’ve voted myself off American Idol.” She included a link to her day-time talk show website that provides further explanation.

The comedian said: “A couple months ago, I let FOX and the “American Idol” producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I realized that it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”

Along with this news comes word that judge Kara DioGuardi has been given the boot. She was already on shaky ground two seasons back but reportedly secured her spot last season by agreeing to rock a bikini during the Season 8 finale.

According to our friends at TMZ, the show will go back to a three-judge panel. Joining mainstay Randy Jackson will be …. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

With the first auditions just one month away, FOX is expected to make an official announcement soon. We find it interesting that the American Idol FOX listing on Wikipedia has already been updated with the new Season 10 judges names – check out the screenshot below.

The hit reality show Dancing with the Stars gained momentum and even pulled ahead of AI in the viewership race several weeks running — much to the delight of ABC. There was something for everyone with the likes of Pamela Anderson, Kate Gosselin, and Erin Andrews . With a lineup like that — who could resist? We can’t wait for the network to reveal the next celebrity cast.

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