When we woke up today, we greeted the rising sun with a wink and a smile, little birdies dressed us, and tiny mice scampered to tie our shoelaces. The reason for such a fairy tale morning? Why, we heard Ellen Degeneres was going to be the new judge on “American Idol.” Now, obviously Ellen is no Paula Abdul. She doesn’t have the music background that Paula has and she certainly doesn’t have the, er, quirks, that mada Paula so fun to watch, but man, we love us some Ellen.
Degeneres is no stranger to judging shows like this one either – she had a brief stint as a guest judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” earlier this summer (and if there’s on thing Ellen does know, it’s dancing. Well, dancing and sensible blazers.) In a statement about the new job on Idol, Ellen said. “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.”
While Ellen is certainly not going to bring a severe point of view such as Simon Cowell‘s to the show, she probably won’t be as condescending and irritating as one Ms. Kara DioGuardi either, and we expect a lot more humor, which we look forward to. Of course this means we’ll have to revamp our Idol drinking game, but we welcome that challenge. And just in case you’re a fan of her talk show, don’t worry – like Kelly Ripa before her, she will be working a day and a night gig and has no plans to leave the talk show. [Photo: GettyImages]