After a battery of guest judges filled in for the departed but unfortunately not dead Paula Abdul, “American Idol” has filled the fourth judge’s seat with… Ellen Degeneres?
“She is truly one of America’s funniest people and a fantastic performer who understands what it’s like to stand up in front of audiences and entertain them every day,” said Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell. “We feel that her vast entertainment experience – combined with her quick wit and passion for music – will add a fresh new energy to the show.” [THR]
Now, I don’t give a flying lesbian about “American Idol,” but let’s see what die-hard pop culture experts have to say about the decision:
Chalk me up as one of those people who greeted the news that Ellen DeGeneres is joining the judging panel for season 9 of American Idol with the sudden urge to drive a fork into my thigh and wake up from a strange and horrible nightmare.
Me? I’m just frustrated that this whole thing has been in the news cycle at all. “Idol” went something like six or seven seasons with three judges. One season — ONE SEASON — they add a fourth judge, seemingly as a replacement for Paula. Then Paula left. JUST LEAVE IT AT THREE. THREE JUDGES IS ENOUGH. For the love of God, they’re judging people singing karaoke, not Olympic figure skating.