10 September 2009

Ellen DeGeneres replaces Paula Abdul - PERMANENTLY



Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was named Wednesday night as the replacement for Paula Abdul on "American Idol." DeGeneres will take her seat on the judges panel alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi (yay, she's back) when the top-rated show returns to Fox in January. Degeneres, who hosts a popular day-time talk show (and later came out on it) has had previous experience with Idol. She hosted the 2007 version of "Idol Gives Back," a fund-raiser for children's charities, and was signed on to do the 2008 edition before dropping out for scheduling reasons.

Abdul, meanwhile, has a busy time ahead. She''ll be hosting VH1's "Divas" concert and she's done two episodes of Lifetime's drama "Drop Dead Diva." She responded to the news last night by posting a note on Twitter with a link to a promo for VH1's "Divas," poking fun at being unemployed and that she got the hosting gig at an employment agency.

"I'm thrilled to be the new judge on 'American Idol'" DeGeneres said in a statement Wednesday night. "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."

"Idol" executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said DeGeneres brings "an immense warmth and compassion that is almost palpable." DeGeneres, who is keeping her daytime gig, will also be able to promote the show on her talk show, which airs around the country."I'm going to have a day job and a night job," she told her audience. "The times we're living ... in we're all doing that."

It's great to see Fox executives sticking to their guns. One thing I had been fearing was the reinstatement of Abdul. It's not like I have got anything against her, but had it not been for the new changes in Idol (specifically the addition of an other judge,Kara DioGuardi) I wouldn't have watched Idol 2009. It was just too predictable. The spice in the show was out since 2006 and these changes would definitely rivet more attention and bring more viewers.

Source - NY Times

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