Ellen DeGeneres joins 'Idol' as fourth judge
Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has joined "American Idol" as the show's fourth judge.
DeGeneres will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the show's upcoming ninth season.
“I’m thrilled to be the new judge on 'American Idol,'” DeGeneres said in a statement. ”
DeGeneres will join the judges’ panel after the auditions, which will include guest judges Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Shania Twain.
“I could not be more excited to have Ellen join the 'American Idol' family,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller.
"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.
The news also means former judge Paula Abdul has officially been replaced following weeks of speculation about whether she would return to the show
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