American Idol 2010: Ellen DeGeneres Boosts Fox’s Ratings

So many people claimed to NEVER watch the show again when FOX announced Ellen DeGeneres was coming in to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol.  I’d say they didn’t need to worry too much since 28 million viewers tuned in to see her debut Tuesday night.  This was the largest number since the season premiere.  In fact, it is the largest viewing in two years that didn’t include the finale or debut.

So for all the nay sayers out there who didn’t give her a chance, you were few and far between.  She was much better than anticipated and did give some worthwhile criticism to the contestants.  Whatever doubt I had about her judging ability was dispelled with her comment, “When people say ‘what do YOU know about music?’ I’ll tell you what I do know; I know what it’s like to stand on stage and try to please a room full of people.” 

I enjoyed her as a judge and firmly believe she brings some much needed comedy to the contestants and the other judges.  I say keep bringing it Ellen and don’t let all these wanna be know it all’s get you down.

What do you think?  Still not going to watch because of Ellen? Vote below!

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  1. I love Ellen, but I wouldnt say she is the best judge on the panel..that honor belongs to the one and only Simon. And the Dawg is not bad either. Ellen did alright.

  2. Blackgirl, she is not the best judge but she is better than I thought she would be. Simon is still the only one I agree with the majority of the time but ellen did a good job of blending some comedy into the show because simon was not in the best of moods and I think we needed that.

  3. Ashley, I agree that Ellen was better than most people expected. She was funny and gave good and fair comments.

  4. I didn’t think I’d enjoy watching Idol with Ellen, but I was wrong. She was genuine, caring, sincere, serious, and funny all at the same time. Her demeanor was not flippant…she seems to really care about her job as a judge, and has given the contestants good, well-thought-out advice as to how to improve.
    I will miss Paula, but I think the two issues (Paula’s not being there and Ellen’s addition) are unrelated.

  5. ASHLEY & BLACKGIRL, I’M WITH YOU…..I HAD A FEELING SHE WAS GOING TO BE OKAY….TO ADDS HUMOR BUT NOT OVERKILL…..SHE WAS SWEET WHEN SHE HAD TO BE AND CRITICAL WHEN IT WAS NECESSARY…..THE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT WATCHING BECAUSE OF ELLEN ARE REALLY JUST IGNORANT…..I’M NOT CRAZY ABOUT KARA BUT IT DIDN’T STOP ME FROM WATCHING IDOL LAST YEAR AND THANK HEAVENS I DIDN’T BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE MISSED ADAM…….

  6. I think ellen did great. I agree with you all. Towards the end of last season, I was getting a little sick of simon and paula’s antics. It was good to see the judges be judges.

  7. I totally agree with you both Ashley and sigrida. And PHYLLIS G., what is the title of Adam’s CD and where can I get one?

  8. And Ellen DeGeneres thought Simon Cowell was mean!

    Howard Stern let loose on the new “Idol” judge in an expletive-laced bit during his radio show.

    After commenting on DeGeneres’ deal as a spokesperson with Covergirl cosmetics (“Ellen DeGeneres looks like somebody punched her in the face,” he said. “She gets on that Covergirl and you’d think she’s Heidi Klum”), the shock jock dived into rumors he’s up to take Cowell’s spot.

    “[DeGeneres is] going to ruin ‘American Idol,’ ” Stern said. “Everyone goes, if Howard Stern takes over ‘American Idol,’ Ellen DeGeneres might leave. Well yeah, that’s the whole (expletive) idea. I’m not going to sit there with her – that dummy.”

    Stern declined to comment on any discussions that he may or may not have had about the gig, but admitted that he watches the show. He claimed that he heard from at least one celebrity who is all for the idea of him serving as a judge on the show.

    “This is a woman, a very well-respected woman,” he said. “She said to me, I never watched ‘American Idol’ but I tell you, if you are on it, I will watch it.”

  9. I’M THINKING IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT COULD GET ME TO STOP WATCHING AI IT WOULD PROBABLY BE HOWARD STERN…..SIMON IS A LOVE/HATE TYPE OF GUY BUT STERN’S IS DOWNRIGHT VULGAR AND NASTY. THOSE POOR CONTESTANTS WOULD BE DEVASTATED BY STERN…..HE’S A POOR CHOICE FOR A JUDGE……AND THATS ONLY MY OPINION!!!!!!

  10. Having Ellen on board is the best thing that ever happened on this show. No disrepect to Paula – but her communication skills to the contestants and other judges only brought agony to the show. Nothing “witty” ever came out of her mouth…..YAY for Ellen – her and Simon will be aperfect match on the panel. Oh, I like Kara a lot – she gives “bang-on” criticism – hats off to you Kara – but no one’s got Ellen’s infectious sense of humour.

  11. Ellen has really done her homework and against all odds. However, She was average and did well. Howard Stern can stay away as a judge all together. I never liked him when he had a late night show on tv. He is very egotistical, male chauvinist pig, and very cruel to misfortunate people and make them look like fools. The cotestants don’t need this kind of judgement from him. All he is interested in is how he is making himself look good while on the other hand wanting crush other peoples dreams. No Stern Please!!

  12. continues to try to convince the public she is an entertainer…..on her judging, she tends to make the same comments over and over again, no matter who the contestant is….

  13. With Simon leaving, the only real professional will be randy jackson…the show needs a kick start, get rid of degeneres and take a chance on Stern…hope and pray he’ll be able to tone it down a bit…I would like to see Paula come back…

  14. kara starting where paula left off with simon, believe i wouldnt miss simon if they played thier cards right and got some one who better then him! i say gene simmons from kiss he got the look that will keep you on your toes hes fair honest and a big loveable bear, i met him in person i tell you he nothing like a rock star, ellen sweet she tells you in a nice way to change, she dont belittle you.

  15. i knew she bring it on ! she funny i like her show, but genreal hospital is on the same time so i channel surf

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