American Idol 2010: Ellen DeGeneres To Replace Paula Abdul As New Judge

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Paula Abdul, who quit American Idol, has been officially replaced for American Idol 2010. Fox announced today that Ellen DeGeneres will be the new 4th judge on the upcoming season of Idol starting January:

Ellen DeGeneres is dancing her way into the fourth judge’s seat on “American Idol.” Fox announced Wednesday the talk show host and comedian, who admittedly has no formal music experience other than a passion for tunes, would join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the ninth season starting in January.

“Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you,” DeGeneres said on her show. “I sit at home and I watch it, and I don’t have that technical … I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person.”

While a series of guest judges including Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, and Victoria Beckham, filled in for Abdul during the audition phase no one had yet been named as the official, regular season replacement. Looks like Fox and Abdul won’t be going back to the bargaining table.

What do you think of Ellen joining Idol this year? With no musical experience she’s a stark contrast to Abdul’s background, but could that be a good thing?

Source: AP

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  1. I know she’s a funny person, and as long as she doesn’t flaunt her lesbianism or have prejudice towards contestants who obviously have Christian or other conservative beliefs, I guess it will be okay. The fact that she has no musical training is fine, because she can represent the average person. My only concern is that it’s always been a family show, and I hope it doesn’t start having raunchy, innapropriate sexual humor on it or I’ll become an ex Idol fan.

  2. I am very surprised and happy not because of Paula´s leave but yes because of Ellen joined the crew. She is not an expert but she is not a deaf person and she can represent a lot of people who buy cd´s or go to concerts because of the talent of the artists with not an extraordinary voice but a great talent.

  3. Lets give Ellen a chance. After all, I could not ever figure out exactly what Paula was saying each week. I was always like…Huh?? what did she just say?? And it had to do with what???

  4. great. i think ellen will be an awesome judge. she’s got good taste and i think she treats people fairly. good luck ellen!

  5. Cyndi, You are an ignorant person. Her sexual preference doesn’t mean there would be raunchy sexual humor. We are 10 times more likely to see that from a straight male. Also, being a lesbian does not mean that a person lacks Christian values. As for conservative beliefs, only people who are brainwashed by FoxNews have such a narrow, prejudiced, judgemental view of others. For Ellen, it will be about judging musical performance.

  6. That is not a good move. When I just read this I actually considered not watching anymore. I can not stand Ellen and her humor. She will have no Chemistry with Simon or Randy and will add nothing to the show. If anything it will bring down ratings~ Bring back Paula or someone with a music background

  7. While I love American Idol, I probably won’t be watching it as much, because I have never cared for Ellen Degeneres. That’s too bad that Paula left. She was at least nice and pretty to look at. I think Ellen is a “weird” choice.

  8. I have always heard of Ellen DeGeneres but never really decided what i think about her. My husband and I have started watching her show lately and read a few bits and pieces about her personal life. The way i see it is ‘what you see is what you get’, she is a highly intelligent and talented woman who will bring a standard of excellence to the panel of judges. She has her own style and is a real person. Ellen knows about Show Business – Go Ellen!!!!!!!!!

  9. I think this is a great idea! To have someone outside of the music industry but who knows what the public would like

    It will make for interesting watching!!!!!

  10. Wow!! Thanks Deb!!! I thought I was in a very small minority. I seriously had NO clue what Paula was saying each week. She would take so long to say very little and mean not a lot. I loved Paula in her hey day. But I think she may have had one too many stacks in the dance rehearsal room and hit her head once too often. As for Ellen flaunting her preference … anyone see how she practically stalked George Clooney?? That was just too funny. Admittedly I don’t get to watch her show too often, but when I do she seems to make more of a deal about the fellas than the chickies. I hope to see a positivity to her comments as a “regular” music lover. Not all changes are bad … let’s see how it pans out …

  11. I was very disappointed to see Paula leave the show and she will be missed. However, if she had to be replaced, I cannot think of anyone I would enjoy better than Ellen Degeneres. Yes, she may be a lesbian but she has a heart of gold and genuinely cares for others. Not to mention she is very funny! This makes me feel better about season 2010 of AI.

  12. What does Degenerate know about music? She is not a singer, or musically inclined person at all. She’s not even funny and she’s supposed to be a comedian. This is to appease the people who were upset about Adam not winning last season and it’s ridiculous. How could people have watched over the years and not be upset about how they’ve treated Paula? We are done with the show as of now.

  13. I will miss Paula, but we shall see how Ellen works out. Does she have a singing background? It will be funny to see her and Simon work together.

  14. I think it is the beginning of the end for that show. They totally destroyed the chemistry. They added kara last year and she didnot bring anything at all new to the show. And now Paula gone. AI should be ashamed of themselves for not signing her. I was so physced to watch the new season and now i dont really care. Ellen bores the hell out of me on her show or stand up and she will be a bore on AI.

  15. Ellen is a fantastic choice, just watch her show and you will know she stays up to date on the music scene, she follows Idol and her comments are right on. She knows the judges, and will be a good fit if you judge that from their appearances on her show. I have never been offended by her humor and have watched her show since it began, it’s obvious those with negative comments have not. Way to go Ellen!!! I am now very excited about the next “Idol” season.

  16. Well, I like Ellen, but I am going to miss Paula. I really liked Paula and she belongs on Idol. I mean, Ellen is funny, yes, but she is supposed to “critique” the contestants – they aren’t going to care what she has to say since she doesn’t have the musical background. People really only care what Simon has to say anyway. I just wish Paula would have stayed with Idol. It won’t be the same without her.

  17. Love it! Ellen is a genuinely hilarious person, and will indeed provide “the people’s point of view”. It’s true that she doesn’t have the musical background that the other three judges have, but she is a major music fan and will provide an interesting viewpoint. And let’s face it–Paula never made any sense anyway!

  18. ellen is just as annoying as Paula. The show is done with now.She babbles as much as Paula did. Why not just put Paula back?

  19. I love Ellen! But what an insult to Paula, to bring a comedian. Paula is a musical artist a dancer, singer choreographer… Why in God’s name could they just not give her a contract?! It was easy with the other four?! She was human,imperfect maybe, but real,even when she was a little loopy, at least it made her like every one else in the real world!

  20. While Paula had a great background, more than half the time she didn’t even make any sense- she always had trouble trying to get out what she WAS trying to say. Sometimes it was painful to listen to her. She didn’t really judge, she was so full of herself- and wanted the contestants to like her. She should have tried to REALLY judge and maybe she wouldn’t be in this position. I enjoyed her somewhat, but surely it is time to move on……. good choice to replace her.

    As for Ellen – I am so happy to hear that she will be a part of the show, and she does appreciate good music from a “insider, yet not officially trained musically,” view. Her comments when she has musicians on her show, prove that she will be a good judge. Her humor is amazing – and she appeals to all age groups which is phenomenal. If anyone has taken the time to watch her show, she is totally open and non judgmental – the best attributes for a judge. I think Fox made a great move – my hat’s off to the producers!

  21. I was looking forward to watching Paula and Simon go at it again this year. I really enjoy watching Ellen everyday and just because she doesn’t sing doesn’t mean she doesn’t know about music. She is sure around it more than the average person that you want her to represent ( which is good ). I think the show will survive until Simon leaves. Then there will just be too much change. We couldn’t make this about finding a good singer could we !!

  22. There is no bigger fan of AI than I have been, I still play over and over the video of seasons 1 through 4 and am constantly loking online to play videos of my favorite contestants. I think using Ellen is a really big mistake, even though I do agree that Kara didn’t ad a great deal to the show last season, it would be much better to simply keep the three judges as they are and not add another 4th judge. I agree that this is the beginning of the end for what has been a wonderful show. I will likely not be exicted again as I have been and will eventually loose my interest. No matter what though, AI will never be the same without Paula, she is absolutely more valuable that than AI thinks she is.

  23. FIRST OF ALL “HELLO KATHLEEN F” NICE TO SEE A FAMILIAR NAME.
    I’M REALLY GOING TO MISS PAULA AND HER CHEMISTRY WITH SIMON…..I JUST DON’T THINK THAT ELLEN WILL HAVED THE SAME CHEMISTRY BUT I DO THINK THAT THE TWO OF THEM ARE GOING TO GET INTO IT THIS SEASON….I SAW HER ON SYTYCD AND BASICALLY SHE IS JUST A COMEDIAN MAKING LIGHT OF THE SUBJECT….SHE WILL PROBABLY BE SYMPATHIC TOWARDS THE UNDERACHIEVERS……SIMILAR TO PAULA EXCEPT PAULA KNEW HER MUSIC……I GUESS NOW I’LL JUST BE CURIOUS TO SEE HOW THIS SEASON WILL GO. “CHANGE” ISN’T THIS WHAT THE WORLD IS ABOUT??????
    HELLO TO ALL MY ADAM FANS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!

  24. I love Ellen but I still say BRING BACK PAULA!! I think it was a good move to get someone totally opposite of Paula because she cannot be replaced. Ellen will be funny and give the everyday person’s opinion. But I thought the purpose of judges was to give a PROFESSIONAL opinion. Guess we’ll se what happens. I think this is the beginning of the end for AI.

  25. I cannot stand Ellen. I think it is a wrong move for her to be on the show. Don’t think I will be watching anymore.

  26. Ellen is a comedian. I don’t think someone would want to sing their heart out in front of a comedian and then have them judge your performance. That seems like a bad idea. Maybe it will good television to see that, but that doesn’t seem right to me.

  27. Why not??? As long as she means what she will say in all her judging stints in AI, that would make her a lot better than the other 3….

  28. This is the stupid. What is Fox thinking. I think she is a bore, over rated and no talent. Why the hell would you have a non music expert be a judge. I am done with Idol now, I could not be bothered to watch it with that freak as judge

  29. They should have kept the judging at 3. Can you see Ellen flirting with Simon.. Oh no, she will be after Kira. Kira sucks as a judge, now Ellen. Ratings will be way down.

  30. They don’t need 4 judges – 3 is plenty. However, Ellen is hysterical, so she may bring something to the table. Simon is always so serious so Ellen can lighten the mood.

  31. Absolutely not Ellen Degeneres–!! I do not watch anything she is in. Why in the world her?? I heard Shania Twain was interviewed and I rejoiced!

  32. Maybe Ellen is more qualified than me to be judge, but I have not missed an IDOL show in years either, I did not know that was a qualification!! LLLLLLLL

  33. I think Ellen being the fourth judge is really weird. I don’t get it. Three judges is enough,but if you just want to fill the seat, I’ll be glad to do that for you. I could probably do as well as she.

  34. Why Ellen? She has nothing to contribute except for her comedy skills…This really does not make any sense. Hope is makeing these stupid decisions. I am with a lot of people keep 3 judges or just bring Paula back that’s who we want to see.

  35. I think Ellen will be a wonderful addition. You do not need to be a musician to recognize a talented musician. She has class and humor. I picture her as being a compassionate and honest judge. I can’t wait for the new season.

  36. I was surprised to hear that Ellen will be joining the panel of judges. Seemed like a weird fit, but after thinking about it I think Ellen is a good cyhoice and will add some spice to the show. I love her humor and can’t wait to hear her comments. Go Ellen!

  37. well i use to love watching american idol but since ellen is going to be hosting my family and i will STOP watching it. I know several others where i live will be ditching the show i hope she doesn’t last long.

  38. Hey for once someone has said what I think…
    When they perform I say to myself, would I buy their CD ???? It’s a basic thought and Ellen finally said it out loud !!!!!!!!!! Thanks Ellen….you go girl…welcome aboard !!!!! I haven’t missed ONE show since the beginning and I’m 55 years old… I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show !!! Good luck & have fun !!
    ~Sue~

  39. I loved American Idol…good family show. But I can NOT watch now that Ellen is a judge. I can’t stand her. Hopefully they will change next year and I can watch again, but until then I will be watching something else.

  40. PLEASE. I LIKE ELLEN VERY MUCH. BUT NOT AS AN AMERICAN IDOL JUDGE. SHE FOOLS AROUND TOO MUCH. TAKES TOO MUCH TIME. AND SHE DOESN’T KNOW HOOT ABOUT MUSIC. SORRY ELLEN! SIMONE PLEASE BRING BACK OUR BABY PAULA ABDUL. WE MISS HER SWEETNESS.

  41. I like interesting, so I curious how she is going to man-handle Simon. There ought to be good humor, now after saying that, I can tell the shows are going to run long again this year.

  42. Concerning Paula, the days I recorded the show I always fast forwarded threw her comments. When she spoke it was like fingernails on a chalkboard.

  43. I think you’re crazy for asking us to boycot idol because Paula isn’t there. An agreement was settled years ago with Paula and AI because of the scandal with the young contestant that her contract was not going to be renewed and she agreed. Why do you think she is not protesting this?

    Welcome aboard, Ellen. You are going to be a great addition to the show.

  44. Enough! Give Ellen a chance, she’s great, she’s funny, she’s talented, who gives what she does in the privacy of her own home, especially when you think about the deviant child predators who will probably be sitting home watching her entertain all of us and criticizing HER, (while they laugh)! Who are we to judge her unless we’ve walked in her shoes? I’d bet any of the anti Ellen’s here would be more than happy to take her money and if they met her in person, they’d be just as stimied as they would if they met any other star, and if you say anything else I will call you a liar! Let’s not be Monday Morning Quarterbacks, for heaven’s sake, if sneering Simon controlling Cowell is free to be up there, then so is Ellen DeGeneres. It’s her country too, and she does have a pretty broad fan base who are not lesbians. That is just SO petty……live and let live! There is a reason that such narrow minded judgemental people like those who carry on here aren’t the TV exectutives who make the decisions about who will and who won’t judge those contestants!

  45. And please, those of you who are so holier than thou, please DO boycott the show, watch one of your money grubbing theiving preachers on TV that night instead.
    Paula Abdul is a great talent too, but she’s entitled to make her own Rush the drug addict Limbaugh, he has rights too, remember?

  46. Sorry, I was saying that Paula Abdul is entitled to make her own career decisions too and I’ll bet they’re great ones, so let’s wait and see. And as for you who think that the show will be too ‘long’ for you, turn on your radios so you can listen to YOUR idol Rush Limbaugh. SEE, something for EVERYONE!!

  47. Hi PHYLLIS, Hi Santa Barbara Ron…………. I hope we have some good talent this year to comment about. PHYLLIS, I went to the AI Tour concert and saw ADAM close up – he is AMAZING live. We had seats up front and we made a sign with 2 gold stars and we love ADAM in the middle and he pointed at it while singing – it was thrilling. I saw him in Hartford, the show was great – ADAM was far superior to the others and almost everyone there was there for him!

    I was sooo happy to see your name – hopefully we will have some more conversation this year – I won’t have as much time as last year, working and going to school, but I don’t want to miss AI. It should be interesting with the new judge.

  48. I THINK IT’S GREAT!!! I PREDICT MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER WILL WATCH THIS YEAR. I HAVE PERSONALLY ALWAYS THOUGHT PAULA WOULD DO BETTER IN THE ROLE OF INSTUCTOR TO THE CONTESTANTS NOT A JUDGE OF THEM.

  49. I am sad for Paula that things did not work out but excited to see what Ellen will bring. She is funny and will add to the show and it will be great to see the heat between her and Simon. it is goibg to be a great year if they get rid of Kira,she is a terrible addition to the show.

  50. I was looking forward to the new season but will not even bother watching now. I can’t stand Ellen. She’s not a good choice. They should have had three judges or brought in someone with a music background.

  51. HI KATHLEEN F,
    I WAS SO GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU….ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE AI TOUR…..I JUST KNEW HE WOULD BE FANTASTIC….OF COURSE, THIS YEAR AI DIDN’T GET TO VEGAS BUT I AM SURE HE WILL BE HEADLINING HERE ONE DAY SOON…..I AM SO GLAD YOU MADE IT AND HAD GREAT SEATS…HE HAD TO BLOW THE ROOF OFF THE PLACE….
    I TOO AM EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON AND I HOPE WE HAVE GOOD SINGERS LIKE WE DID THIS YEAR. ANOTHER ADAM…..WE CAN ONLY HOPE…LOL…..IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR GOING TO BE VERY BUSY WITH WORK AND SCHOOL BUT LETS TRY TO KEEP IN TOUCH ABOUT AI…..MY E-MAIL IS pjg162@aol.com

  52. Paula was a nut case no doubt about that, but at least she had the right experience for the job.
    i love Ellen but doesn’t she has enough on her mind already without taking a role on a tv singing contest??! and what does she know about singing anyway??
    bottom line, i think it’s a discrase they paid ryan like 20 million dollar or whatever for the next season where are your proportions people?! have you lost it?? and you american are crying about the economy while people are getting ridiculous amount of money to host a freaking show?! no wonder paula quit!

  53. I don’t really know about Ellen being a judge hopefully it works out well I just wish that Kara was gone and instead Paula came back so then it would be Simon, Randy, Paula and Ellen(maybe)

  54. I think its perfect to put a person with no music back round, like most Americans, to judge. I think it gets too much for a producer to judge amateurs on singing. It better to get Amateurs to judge Amateurs.

  55. I think it’s great! Who cares if Ellen doesn’t have vocal training? In the end it’s the voting public that counts. I think she’s going to bring humor and a touch of compassion for those delusional people whose friends let them down by letting them go on national TV and make fools of themselves.

  56. Having Ellen as a judge is cool by me. It will be fun and she would see things from a different perspective from Simon.

  57. I love Ellen, and don’t watch any of these kind of shows. The dutch idols, was only good in it’s first 2 seasons. And the rest sucked. It isn’t on anymore. But because ellen is now the new judge, I’ll watch on youtube..
    It’ll make this show fun!

  58. I cannot stand Ellen. I think it is a wrong move for her to be on the show. Don’t think I will be watching anymore.

  59. I know Ellen bring sense of real to the show. She’s great choice for American Idol and I’ll be watching b/c of her being on the show.

    Love ya..Ellen!!!!!!!!

  60. Horrible choice! Horrible decision not to pursue Paula. This is the beginning of the end of an awesome show. Watch as ratings plummet.

  61. They are trying their very best to attract attention after what happen with the last AI. I am happy because Adam Lambert new single and album is will be in shops within days, if you live in the UK and want to join us in supporting Adam Lambert please go to jeanette@glambs.org would love to hear from you.

  62. I think everyone should give Ellen a chance before they quit watching the show. I thought she was funny as a guest judge last year and will bring something different to the show. At least she will make sense when she critiques one of the contestants.

  63. I’m glad to see they picked the right celebrity to feel the spot for Paula Abdul. I will be sadto see Paula leave. We love you Paula!

  64. will not be watching idol this year due to ELLEN being a judge.. Come on.. GET REAL… NO thanks..

  65. I think Ellen should be taken as the replacement of Paula coz she might be hating men as she is a lesbian.

  66. I think it was a mistake to put Ellen on the show. What are you thinking? I didn’t think you needed another judge anyway it takes too much time for all of them to give their opinoin anyway and takes away from the performers. I don’t base my vote on what the judges say anyway, i don’t think many people do any way they go on what they like. But ELLEN, what a lousy choice, are you trying to rub gay in all our faces or what. We know it is out there but why rub it in everyones faces.

  67. I can’t believe you chose Ellen Degeneres as a judge. Why did you even need another judge? It takes too long for them to say what’s on their minds anyway and takes away from the performers. Very bad choice. I won’t watch it this year for that reason alone because she is on there. Some people may like her and think it’s right but I don’t and a lot of other people don’t. You will lose a lot of viewers because of this choice.

  68. Come on people. Give Ellen a chance. You don’t know how she will be and anyone is better than Paula.

  69. That is not a good move. When I just read this I actually considered not watching anymore. I can not stand Ellen and her humor. She will have no Chemistry with Simon or Randy and will add nothing to the show. If anything it will bring down ratings~ Bring back Paula or someone with a music background

  70. I think it’s a big mistake adding Ellen. She was a stand-in judge last year for a couple of episodes on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and she was terrible. Always saying stupid things and distracting the other judges. I think they were getting annoyed with her, too. She will do that on AI but you can just imagine how much Simon is going to be annoyed when she goes off on some stupid tangent. Big mistake…

  71. Hi All, this appointment will be a huge mistake. Afterall, this is a competition and a judge should have experience in the music biz. Irrelevant Helen should’t be allowed to play with peoples careers nor should Victoria Beckham who is just a marketed product who cannot sing. I for one will stop watching it now. As will many of my friends.

  72. To whom it may concern, a Judge should be well versed in what is being reviewed,law, dance, music and so on.
    I dont believe Ellen DeGeneres is qualified to be a judge. I think it is unfair to the people competing.

  73. ellen will make a great judge and to be honest she has a bit of a musical background because on her talk show she dances to some of the best tunes.

  74. I truly liked Paula, but Ellen doesn’t know one thing about singing and I am very disappointed that you chose someone to judge singing that doesn’t sing. This will be my first year not watching your show.

  75. I think its a great thing that Ellen is on American Idol. She can put a smile on anyone’s face. You don’t need to be a professional singer to have an opinion about music. Just a reminder, Ellen may not have much music experince or training but alot of her friends do. Thats more than alot of us can say, whose to say she can’t do a great job !!

  76. I have been watcing since season 1 and will not watch this season because I can’t stand to watch Ellen. She will ruin the show. You wait and see. Every good show will come to an end. As Simon would say Sorry! I am just being honest.

  77. VERY HUGE MISTAKE! SIMON ARE YOU LISTENING? FOX NETWORK ARE YOU LISTENING? READ AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD WANT TO KEEP PAULA!!

  78. PAULA IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN A SUCCES .THE NETWORK WILL REALISE THAT ON JANUARY , AS IMPORTANT AS SIMON AND RANDY ARE

  79. I just love her. She’ll give the “feet on the groud”-feeling to the judgement..

    This is a good desicion. I really think so.

  80. Well If Paula isn`t judging anymore guess I`ll have to stop watching for it wouldn`t be the same with out Paula,,,sorry Fox

  81. Hi Robert! I sent an email to FOX TV NETWORK and told them I would not be watching if Paula wasn’t on American Idol anymore. AND I also told them to come and take a look at this board and look and see how many of the majority of us thinks like you and I do!!! GOOD FOR YOU! I won’t be watching anymore with out Paula either! SHE WAS THE HEART AND SOUL OF AMERICAN IDOL!! ANY OF YOU THAT WANT TO SAY A THING OR TWO TO fox tv network can got to FOX TV NETWORK AND LEAVE FEEDBACK!!! YEAH! TELL THEM WE WON’T BE WATCHING WITHOUT THE LOVELY MS. PAULA ABDUL. Hi Phyllis G.(LAS VEGAS) HOW DO YOU THINK OUR GUY ADAM LAMBERT IS DOING? SHERRY K FROM LAST YEAR AI.

  82. HI SHERRY K,
    I TOO AM VERY DISAPPOINTED ABOUT PAULA BEING REPLACED…..BUT FOX IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT…ITS A SHAME….AI DOESN’T START TILL JANUARY BUT I REALLY THINK ITS A LOST CAUSE……..HOW WAS YOUR SUMMER? II HEARD FROM A FEW REGULARS THAT WENT TO THE IDOL TOUR AND SAID THEY LOVED IT AND THAT ADAM WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW, HANDS DOWN…..I’M NOT SURPRISED……I ALREADY PRE-ORDERED HIS DEBUT ALBUM….AND DAVID ARCHULETA’S CHRISTMAS ONE…..I’M SO EXCITED……I REALLY LOVE AI AND I KNOW IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT PAULA IS GONE, I KNOW I WILL WATCH IT…..WHO KNOWS MAYBE WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER ADAM NEXT SEASON…..
    TALK TO YOU SOON….

  83. Hiring Ellen is a drastic mistake! If Idol must have someone with out major musical experience, at least pick someone like Tyra Banks who is multicultural, but nice to look at! …Putting Ellen on the panel is a great way to loose male viewers. …Yes, Like so many others. I too will miss Paula and her sausy attitude!

  84. i am a huge, huge idol fan and i am really disappointed. yes paula may have been mentally insane, but her chemistry with simon and randy kept the show interesting and was mainly the reason i watched the show. ellen has no musical backround and it will be really weird with her on the panel. if the producers of the show were smart at all they would drop ellen and bring back paula. so many people are going to stop watchin idol. bring idol back to the way it was in season 7.

  85. Hi Phyllis: LAS VEGAS! IT IS NICE TO SEE YOU ON THIS BOARD TOO!! DID YOU JOIN THE GLAMBS? I AM GOING TO PRE-ORDER ADAMS CD TOO. HE IS SINGING A SONG ON THE MOVIE 2012! PRETTY COOL. I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE A NIT PICK OR ANYTHING. I MIGHT WATCH AI A FEW TIMES TO SEE HOW SIMON AND ELLEN GET ALONG. MIGHT BE FUN?? I KNOW THE PRODUCERS HAVE ALREADY TOLD SIMON AND RYAN TO CUT THE GAY JOKES OUT THEY ARE ALWAYS MAKING TO EACH OTHER!! DIDN’T DO MUCH THIS SUMMER. WE HAD SOME STUPID FLU GOING AROUND. IT WASN’T HINI THANK GOODNESS. BUT IT WASN’T ANY FUN.YES IT WAS A SHAME FOR KRIS. HE IS A NICE YOUNG MAN. BUT THE WOMEN ARE JUST CRAZY ABOUT ADAM. AND JUST KEPT SCREAMING FOR ADAM, ADAM! I DIDN’T GO SEE HIM WHEN THEY CAME HERE. THE CROWD AT VERIZON ARENA IS REALLY A CRAZY PLACE WHEN THERE IS A CONCERT!! I SHOULD KNOW. I WENT TO SEE AEROSMITH. I COULDN’T HEAR FOR A WEEK. LOL! WELL TAKE CARE PHYLLIS AND HAVE A GOOD TIME WATCHING AI. I DON’T THINK THERE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER ADAM. SO FAR I LIKE CRIS DAUGHTRY, DAVID COOK, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND KELLY CLARKSON~WELL HER SINGING. NOT HER DIVA ATTITUDE. BUT AS SIMON SAYS I THINK ADAM WILL BE KNOWN WORLD WIDE. AND THERE IS ONLY ONE ADAM!! BY FOR NOW. SHERRY K

  86. HI SHERRY K,
    GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU…..I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING ADAM TOO……I LIKE HIS SONG FROM 2012 TOO.
    CAN’T WAIT TO GET HIS NEW CD…..ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AND UNLESS SOMETHING NEW DEVELOPS, I’LL TALK TO YOU IN JANUARY.
    PHYLLIS FROM LV

  87. You take care Phyllis! It’s always nice to hear from you. Yes we can talk someore in January! Sherry K

    BY THE WAY WOLF10 WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?

    Don’t pay any atention Phyllis! Some of the crazy things they say on here are so far out there in left field!

  88. So this is mainly in response to Cyndi Woodbury the 3rd comment posted not to be rude or anything but a couple of the comments you made toward Ellen really upset me because you are basing your opinion on her because of her “lesbianism” . You clearly don’t watch her show she is not a judgmental person at all and she never has really flaunted her “lesbianism” and why would all of the sudden it have raunchy or inappropriate behavior on the show ? I feel like a lot of people are judging Ellen because she is a lesbian and that is not fair to her at all . I personally am really looking forward to this American Idol . I’m sure Ellen will do great !

  89. Why Ellen? How about Martina McBride? Now there is someone who has singing talent who can fill the shoes of Paula.

  90. Celia, I do not have a problem with Ellen and her being gay! I like Ellen. Always have. I liked her before she came out. AND I LIKE HER NOW. AND I DON’T APPRECIATE ANYONE WHO MAKES REMARKS ABOUT THAT! HERE WE GO IN TO THE HOMOPHOBIC THING AGAIN. JUST LIKE WITH ADAM. We are all Gods children. But I do not think she should be a judge on American Idol. She does not have anymore experience than you, or I do! She is a kind hearted woman and does many good things for people. TRULY! Watch her show sometime. ELLEN IS A TRUE PHILANTHROPIST WHO LOVE TO HELP PEOPLE AND GIVES OUT GREAT GIFTS. However she absolutely should not have been chosen for AI as a judge. She likes music and loves to dance. How does that qualify her to be a judge? Are you listening Simon, Randy (PS Randy~ You and I have a mutual friend!! Steve Perry!!!) and Kara? YES TINA! MARTINA McBRIDE. NOW THAT LADY HAS ONE HELL OF A VOICE. AND KNOWS HER MUSIC!

  91. How ridiculous – why don’t they just drag anyone in off the street? Why should someone who knows nothing about singing be a judge – ludicrous and disappointing. But I won’t miss Paula, I can’t put a sentence together,Abdul.

  92. My, my, my… there is certainly a lot of judging going on right here and the woman hasn’t even had a chance yet, but it’s not at all surprising to read some of these very critical and unfair comments, not to mention out and out mean. That being said, while Paula certainly gained popularity and deservingly so, she has moved on, and people, you need to do the same! I also feel that it became more of a soap opera with the weekly antics going on between Paula and Simon — taking away from what the show is really all about… finding and rewarding real TALENT not watching two so called judges spending most of the time flirting and drawing on each others faces. While Ellen has no real so-called musical background, she is however a talent. Everyone here has already casts their own votes and none of you are “experts” either. So why not give her a chance?? If nothing else, I believe she will be fair and honest just the way she lives her life while also bringing some real humor to the show… hopefully getting some of the spot light off of all about me Simon. Ellen, YOU have my vote! Looking forward to the next American Idol:o)

  93. i think ellen is not qualified to be a judge.why not ask somebody who the public knows as a musician.simon your show is loosing credability .

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  95. Ellen drove me nuts on So You Think You Can Dance as a guest judge. She isn’t as funny as she thinks she is! I think 4 judges is tooooooo many! I get tired of listening to all the opinions.

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    Sherry K We have something in common ecept for our names Sheri!

  97. For me, Ellen is a versatile person, f she will be one of the judge in AI that will be a great choice.Being in show business this will help Ellen a lot in choosing the right AI hopeful to be a STAR and to reach the FAME.

  98. I love Ellen! She is a very real and genuine person. I think that she will be awesome on American Idol. I can’t wait for season 9 to start!

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  100. ROSEMARY’ YOU ARE IN THE MINORITY!! READ ALL OF THE POSTS! AND COUNT THE ONES WHO WANT PAULA BACK. I LIKE ELLEN. AND I DON’T CARE IF SHE IS GAY OR WHAT. SHE DOES A LOT OF NICE THINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LESS. SHE IS VERY KIND. BUT A JUDGE ON AMERICAN IDOL?? THEY MIGHT AS WELL PUT YOU ,OR ME ON THERE. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU? BUT I LOVE MUSIC AS MUCH AS ELLEN DOES. AND I PROBABLY KNOW ABOUT AS MUCH AS SHE DOES.LERS GET REAL. HOW MANY OF YOU WANT PAULA BACK?

  101. The show will be miserable with Ellen making wise cracks at Simon all during the show. Doesn’t sound like American Idol is focusing on the talented singers/performers.

  102. Are YOU Serious!!!! Ur joking right???? Wow!!! Insane. Bottom line Bring Paula back and pay her the amount you are paying Ryan!!!! She is worth it

  103. This is for Mary Ann, and Sherry I totally agree with you,no one is or at least I am not judging Ellen, just because you are good at one thing, doesn’t mean you should try to take on the world or be involved in something you have no experience in. There are alot of things I would like to do, and before doing so, I will get the proper training before making a fool out of myself. I like Ellen too have nothing against her, however with that being said. Had Paula been offered the same amount of money as Ryan, well we wouldn’t even be on here having this conversation.

  104. If the ratings drop it will be because Paula is gone, not because Ellen is a judge. They should have replaced Kara instead of Paula. Ellen will do great! Bring Paula back! Ellen, Paula, Simon and Randy should be the judges.

  105. Good for you Jerry! Some people have some sense!! Might as well be you, or me judging as Ellen!!! American Idol is going to loose it’s people that are regular watcher’s and the ratings are going to plummet!! ARE YOU LISTENING AMERICAN IDOL?? WHAT ABOUT YOU SIMON?? Think they ever look at this board? I HOPE SO. BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO TELL THEM, I TOLD YOU SO!!!

  106. I’m sorry to hear that Ellen will be the new judge on American Idol. She doesn’t have a musical background which makes the judging unfair for the contestants. By having Ellen on the show I’m afraid she will include inappropriate comments which will make the show less family oriented. Is American Idol not a family show? I’m not sure it will be anymore. I’ve always loved the show but unfortunately I probably won’t be able to watch anymore as I foresee the show becoming more immoral. It already has started to include some questionable material in the last two seasons. I guess ratings are the main concern for the idol show. Money is what make the world go around. Too bad!

  107. All I can say is American Idol must be very desperate! My days of watching it are over…What does Ellen know about music????? Clueless…and not fair at all to the people who are truly trying to win!

  108. Thank-You too Patricia!! If we just use common sense we know Ellen is not the proper person to judge these young People! They come in there with their hearts on their sleeves and try to sing!! Kara is fine! I had no problem with her!! But American Idol went too far when they picked Ellen to replace Paula. Paula knows the music business. She has been a dancer, singer and a choreographer. For goodness sakes Ellen is a talk show host!!!

  109. Although I have nothing against Ellen, I agree that someone who knows nothing about music shouldn’t be a judge. Thats not going to help anyone. I think someone like Shania Twain should be Paula’s replacement. Someone whos been in the industry of music please! Not a comedian!

  110. How any one could make such a blunder as to let a sparkler like Paula get away is beyond all comprehension. What mastermind made that decision? What a mistake. Without Paula there is no show!
    You’ve given me the only excuse needed to stop watching the show. I now can use that large amount of time doing something productive. Thank you for that.

  111. Although Paula’s comments were sappy and/or non-coherent, at least she provided some entertainment from the Judge’s panel. I can’t stand Ellen… I have never found her to be funny, only subvertly obnoxious. There’s just something about her demeanor I can’t stand, and we probably won’t watch much of the show this season because of it. But I know there are a lot of people who do like her. It will be interesting this season to say the least!

  112. BRING BACK PAULA!!!!!!!!!!!
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  113. I think Ellen is going to be awesome regardless of the fact that she doesn’t have a musical background. She has spent a huge amount of time surrounded by musical talent and you have to admit the girl can dance. Best of all I think Ellen will be honest with the contestants and then through in some of her wonderful humor to soften the truth when needed. I am looking forward to American Idol 2010 with Ellen!!!

  114. YOU ARE IN THE MINORITY SHARON!! READ ALL OF THE OTHER POSTS. POOR AMERICAN IDOL IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES DUE TO THEIR STUPIDITY!!ELLEN IS A TALK SHOW HOST ONLY!!!!SHE IS GREAT ON HER TALK SHOW. BUT IF SIMON THOUGHT PAULA BLABBED WAIT UNTIL HE GETS A TASTE OF ELLENS SARCASTIC REMARKS! HE WON’T STICK AROUND LONG! LOL!AND OH PLEASE~~~WITH OUT SIMON THERE WILL BE NO AMERICAN IDOL!!! EVIDENTLY YOU HAVE NO COMMON SENSE.( SHANIA TWAIN )

  115. I refuse to watch American Idol anymore. They cannot appreciate the goodness of Paula. It was Paul & Simon that made the show. Randy is the sidekick. Now I’m hoping it goes down, down, down in the ring of fire!!!!

  116. American Idol must really be desperate–Ellen DeGeneres:get real! Paula was ridiculous and sappy-but I liked her. Can’t stand DeGeneres. Like Randy and Simon. They should have replaced Kara (but not with DeGeneres)!

  117. American Idol will not be watched in my house any longer. It has nothing to do with her (Ellen D.) lack of musical talent. I don’t watch any program that stars homosexuals. I don’t dislike her. The truth is she is funny, creative and talented. I just don’t support the lifestyle. I don’t think it is a good thing for her to be on Idol because Idol has influence. This is bad influence on society.

  118. The main reason I am going to watch American Idol this year is because Ellen is the new judge. How does anyone know how much musical background she has. I love her. You go girl….xo

  119. JERI C ~It’s not cool to be in the minority~~ Read all of the other posts on here and see what the majority is saying!! AMERICAN IDOL IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES THIS YEAR.American Idol must really be desperate–Ellen DeGeneres:get real!

  120. Crikey I’m in the UK, love AI – and though Paula was great – bit I’m very saddened by all the thinly-veiled homophobia on here – references to family shows and stuff – her sexuality in only one part of her, just like all of us! She does have other things to offer, people

  121. Ellen will be great..what difference does it make anyways. If it were up to the judges, or people that know talent,Adam would have won by a literal no contest landslide..it’s obviously the 12 year olds that determine the winner..last year proved that..need I say more?

  122. Bring back Paula. It will not be the same. Paula added alot to the show. Always had a good word for the contestants. I think AM is making a BIG mistake by letting Paula go.

    Disappointed in the outcome of last years show. Adam Lambert should have won. Something smells awful fishy in Denmark. Not sure I’ll even watch this year. Some how, it seems that strings are being pulled for some contestants. It dosen’t seem fair.

  123. My opinion is that Paula is an airhead person, you can even know what she says…she is really worthless..while Ellen have more humour and i think is a good change for everyone, just lets give her a chance…she have a great personality

  124. Personally I watch the show for the contestant’s performance. If I just wanted to watch judges I’d go over to court tv. The music is important to me. I’m willing to give any addition to the panel a chance. I’m good at picking music that goes to the top and I have no musical ability – can’t carry a tune in a basket. So the show does what it does – I’ll watch as long as there are talented singers to chose from.

  125. I will not make a comment on Ellen’s personal life. I will however comment on her qualifications as a judge. She is NOT qualified. I have watched every season too. I picked quite a few winners. I am NOT qualified to be a judge. Paula was qualified. Someone like Martina would be great. So many previous idol contestants (Bucky, Kelli, Josh, i forgot the tall shaved head guy, and of course Carrie)have done great in country music, a country music judge should be an obivious choice. Back to Ellen, there are some people who will not watch because of concerns about her humor. I have friends who will not watch because they are concerned it will no longer be a family show. I will not watch. I think this is a stupid MISTAKE. I also agree with part of the third post. I do believe the show (not just Ellen) is less favorable to conservative, Christian contestants and promote controversial contestants more. Point in fact, how much have you heard about last years winner, Kris Allen. How much have you heard about Adam? If it is American Idol, and obivously America spoke and voted for Kris, he should be promoted. Idol has (had) a large middle class, conservative, mainstream audience (Carrie and Kris are proof)and they should take care to keep it.

  126. By the way, before I get some of the same responses as post #3. I am neither prejudiced, ignorant, uneducated, nor intolerant. I just believe Idol is making a horrible mistake.

  127. Totally agree with #152. Bad influence and it is ridiculous to let somebody with no professional background being judge. She should do what she does best – fooling around.

  128. Ellen’s BAD choice to fill Paula’s place. She is NOT qualified.I won’t be watching. Paula was one of the reason I watched. PAULA AND SIMMON MADE THE SHOW.

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  129. I’m sorry but Ellen is a mistake. I don’t think she fits and I don’t find her funny.

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  130. I agree with everything Kathleen F. said in post #24. I think Paula is a very nice person, but I’ve become tired of waiting for her to spit out whatever she is trying to say. I do wish her good luck though!

    I’m excited to watch Ellen this season. This should be interesting!

  131. I love Ellen! I think she’s going to kick ass at being a judge! She’s going to bring new and much needed life to the show!! I LOVE ELLEN!!!!!!

  132. I think all you haters need to back off. I know ellen personally and she’s a really really nice lady and she knows her stuff about EVERYTHING!!! so don’t talk smack!!

  133. Kelly; I think you need to make it more clear who you are calling Ellen haters!!! If you will go back and read some of my posts~You will see that I indeed like Ellen. I have stated she has a kind heart! And does a lot of nice things for many people!! ELLEN IS A TRUE PHILANTHROPIST. BUT SHE IS NOT a canidate to be a judge on AMERICAN IDOL. I have nothing against ellen AT ALL! I am not a homophobic either. Her personal life is her own business. How ever, she is definitely NOT QUALIFIED IN ANYWAY to be a judge on American Idol.( American Idol can take you, me, or any other person on this post who is just a normal person and set them in there as a judge!Same thing and same situation as Ellen being a judge!) SORRY; SAME SITUATION AS HAVING ELLEN as a Judge! Just use some common sense!!And she is definitely NOT GOING TO KICK SOME ASS! I would love to see her doing that with Simon sitting there! Ryan seacrest will have to spend ALL OF HIS TIME keeping the shouting and arguing down just so we can hear the show and singers!! NO ONE PUSHES SIMON AROUND!!!And also to you Tammy wait and see how much arguing goes on between Simon and Ellen. It is going to be worse than waiting for the sweet Paula to say her piece! You all are in La La land who think ellen should be a new Judge on there! PS, THE WOULD BE JUST FINE WITH KARA, RANDY, AND SIMON.

  134. I would just like to say, that I am not “Hating” on anyone, we tend to use that word so loosely. I don’t Hate, I am a Child of God, I love everyone, and respect everyone regardless of their choices in life, I am not here to Judge Ellen regarding her life style. This is America FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Just because I (we)have Opinions does not make me (us)”HATERS” As I mentioned earlier I dont have anything against Ellen, her business is her business,I am not judging her on anything else other than her being a Judge on AI period. My personal opinion

  135. Correction Everyone needs to be a little more respectful to others opinions. Nobody made mention regarding not so kind remarks from the other replies. I don’t think it’s right to pick on one particular comment, all comments are opinions. Bottom line this is a no win situation. Paula is not coming back, Ellen will be judging whether we like it or not, it is what it is.

  136. Tami; What did I say to you that is so disrespectful? There will be a lot of arguing going on when Ellen starts running her big comedians mouth at Simon! I have said several times that I really like Ellen as a comedian and a talk show host. But not as a judge on American Idol.And I would like to thank Patricia! She is right! Nobody made any mention regarding not so kind remarks to many others.If you will scroll up enough. Or to # 118 I do not have anything against Ellen!! She is a nice person! She just is not qualified to be a judge on American Idol! Just because she loves music doesn’t make her qualified to be a Judge. Sorry, everyone is entitled to their own opinion!! But they might as well have picked a person off the street. Why not use Shania Twain, or Martina McBride? Someone who knows the music business. That’s my opinion Tami. You are entitled to your opinion too! And if someone wants to call out everyone on here that does not think Ellen should not be a judge on American Idol I think their fingers are going to get very tired.Patricia, #171,Thank-You! You are exactly right!! Just because we have opinions does not make us Haters!Good night all. And American Idol will be starting soon. We shall see how it goes. Sherry K

  137. I think it is a bad idea because she has no formal training in music. I think there are plenty of people out there that they can get that will be an asset to the judging panel. It would be nice to pick someone from the country music genre.

  138. Well I am glad yo have a forum asking about this choice of Ellen Degenerate.
    The woman hs absolutley no business doing this and is one of the most stupid things you could do AI! count me out as a fan and many years of watching you!

  139. Hi Jim! Welcome to our little forum! I don’t think we will have to be worrying our little minds about this much longer!! Simon has said his contract runs up this year and he is most likely leaving. And with out Simon American Idol will be gone. Thanks for your comment! Because you are totally correct. American Idol is just plain stupid! They should have kept the lovely and sweet Paula.

  140. I have been watching idol since it started. The last two season have been great as there are 10 of that get together weekly with our busy schedule. So all year long we can’t wait till idol starts up. We all have great laughs and alot of fun watching Paula with Simon and Randi and now with Kara as the four of them bring alot of music experience with them now that Paula is now coming back the group have now decided that it will really suck as they all dislike ellen’s sense of humer which is really dry. I’m sure there are alot more people who feel the same way. Your ruining the show with out Paula. It is a disgrace that you would fill a 4th judges panel with someone who knows nothing about music.

  141. Ellen equals one more last American Idol fan. I have watched every episode since the day it started and I will not watch it if Ellen is the new judge. She has no music background. How many contestants have criticized the judges for not being singers/band members for years? Ellen would surely be judged by the contestants that she would be judging. I actually liked it when it was just Randy, Paula, and Simon and then each week they would have a guest judge who would sit in. I think that is the way AI should go if they want to keep their fans and their ratings.

  142. I think it is wrong to have a judge with no musical background. It is bad enough when the public votes and some do not have any musical background.I always felt that the judges should pick out the worst ones and put them up for elimination and then let the public vote. I liked Paula sorry she will not be a part of it.

  143. I watched ” So you think you can dance ” when Ellen was a guest judge. She had absolutely no critical input, she just made everything a joke. How is that going to add to the show?
    No she will not be worth a dang as a judge and it is a travesty the contestants will be subjected to a judge that has no business being there.
    Good bye AI it was good while it lasted.

  144. I think it was a poor decision bringing Ellen to American Idol as a judge. She is all fun and no serious. It will be to the contestant’s disadvantage to be judged by Ellen. What a disappointment for a show that my family likes to watch. What was AI thinking?

  145. NO NO NO!!!!! I do not think that Ellen will be good on AI . They need someone on AI that knows music. Ellen admitted that she knows nothing about it. Now that Paula is gone and Simon follows, I doubt that many people will watch the show. It’s a shame that it has to go this way.I have watched it from the first season…..not sure if I will continue.

  146. Oh jeez, I wish it was Victoria Beckham. She has background in music and she is funny. I love Ellen, but, as an AI judge? WE already represent the average person. but anyway, it’s already official aint it? pfffffffft goooooodluck.

  147. I don’t think Ellen should be a judge. Why should a person who doesn’t have musical experience be a judge. I don’t think it’s right to have someone who doesn’t have judging experience should be a judge. It would not be fair to the people who would be trying out. I think that the people who picked her should rethink thier decision and pick someone who DOES HAVE MUSICAL & JUDGING EXPERIECE INSTEAD OF SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT.

  148. I have watched every season of American Idol since it has started. But if Ellen is a judge on 2010’s season, I will NOT be watching it for the first time. She is not qualified to be a judge and I can’t stand her, she will ruin the whole show for me and my wife. Terrible, terrible decision to put her on.

  149. I think fox has made a terrible MISTAKE by bringing in “ELLEN D.” who has no experience at all in the music industry and sure as hell isn’t my kind of role model i want my kids to be watching!! I also have been a loyal watcher of idol as has most all my friends…If fox was looking for turmoil and loss of dominate market share…THEN CONGRATS FOX YOU HAVE DONE THAT BECAUSE I FOR ONE AND MANY OTHERS WILL STOP WATCHING YOUR IDOL!!!!!…GOOD LUCK WITH THAT….THIS IS A BIGGER MISTAKE THAN ESPN AND KORNHAUSER ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!!!!

  150. I don’t want ellen to be part of the team.
    will not watch american idol again.
    Please help this not to happen.

  151. I am not excited about Ellen DeGeneres…this choice will most likely effect my usually faithful viewership as I find her unqualified and annoying.

  152. I am happy with this replacement. Paula Abdul is drugged-up moron. I couldn’t watch the show without cringing every time she opened her stupid mouth. Ellen, however, is a bright lady and I will be giving the show another shot.

  153. When I heard they had chosen Ellen D. as a judge I thought it was a joke. Seriously those kids are up there singing their hearts out and need PROFESSIONAL opinions, not comedic ones. Theres a reason there are music professionals as judges, because the rest of America’s voting isn’t! Although I agree with others that Paula did tend to ramble, she at least did know music and was able to choose people America agreed with when Simon did not. I think the show is turning into a farce, I will still watch though sucker that I am …because its so awesome to see the talent emerge!

  154. I am sad Paula will not be judging. Hearing that Ellen would replace her sounded interesting but once thought through, I believe it is a mistake for several reasons but I will only discuss one. She has no musical background and the biggest part of the judging involves constructive critisism which she can’t provide. Many contestants in the past truly listened to this advise and benefited from it immensely. Canadian Idol was cancelled mainly because of the unqualified judges which caused people like me to turn the dial.I believe Ellen being on the show will be the demise of American Idol as well. I will give it a shot as I never missed un episode of the show in the past but have a feeling this will be my family’s last season watching.

  155. There is no way Ellen is going to be the forth judge on Idol. Ellen is just to damn suckin GAY!
    I Want Puala back.

  156. OMG, I saw Ellen at the American Idol for dances… sorry, I don’t remember the name now… but it was a desaster, a reel one. She didn’t know what to say…da da ga ga gna gna… WHY THEY DIDN’T TAKE A MUSICIAN, AN ARRANGER, A GREAT SINGER… BASTA ELLEN… BASTA… she is so stupid. POOR PAULA.

  157. Ellen DeGeneres is the absolutely wrong choice for American Idol! As a comedienne, she is not funny. Her show is horrible. She knows nothing about music! Yes, she is like the average person – but that is why the average person votes. What is different about her and me? I am the average person. If you want to bring on a new judge, bring in someone who actually knows about music!!!!

  158. I am having trouble believing anyone that has anything to do with American Idol would be a party to this decision to replace Paula with the likes of Ellen. What do the other judges think about it? She must have bought her way in. I can think of no other reason for her to be there!!!

  159. Hi to all. I am a HUGE American Idol fan all the way from South Africa. Yes it is sad to see Paula’s departure from the show, she will surely be missed, however she did get boring during last two seasons. To all her fans on here, please accept it that she will not return.
    To those ” so called” Christian believers and anti gay and lesbian people on here, I am shocked to see that for the ” so called ” freeand democratic acceptable country that you all can be so winning about Elle. Please grow up and accept her for what she does and stop making remarks about her personal sexual orientation. I now can see why the actual winner Adam Lambert was dump by your type.

    I cannot wait for the new season to start here in Jan 2010 in South Africa, we will only be a week behind

  160. I started watching the show in the first season and recorded it so that I would never miss a show. Paula grows on you and her leaving changes the show just like last year with adding the new judge, I didn’t enjoy the show near as much. Now that Ellen will be tne new judge, this will determine if I care if I miss a show or not. But with Simon leaving, that will be the end of American Idol for me. Simon is usually on target even though he is a little harsh in his delivery at times. He doesn’t color the truth. In my opinion, American loves to hate and hates to love Simon. Guess American Idols run will be over. Randy is great but he’s not Simon. Simon is the real deal.

  161. Ellen is very musical inclined. You only have to watch her show and the talent she brings on it. She will be more of a people’s judge which will give the show a new spin and should be interesting.

  162. Forget about gays of whatever… We are talking about talents and Ellen have no talents in music, in dance, in art, even in acting… She is surely good in something else.
    Come back Paula : you were such a good dancer and singer. Elle is the booring one like the tuna : Slap Chop!!! lollll

  163. I have watched American Idol since it began. I have always enjoyed the different prospectives from Randy,Paula and Simon. I have seen Paula make some strange comments all the while never wanting to hurt someones feeling, Sometimes wondering about the carrying on with Simon, If you are a long time viewer you know what I mean. Have watched Simon go from being very egotistical to being humbled and even apologize. Well what can you say about the Dawg, Randy is very talented and has alot of knowledge in the music industry,all the while being the Biggest name dropper I have ever heard, but he does know the peeps he droppin.Now as far as the Kara judge I really try ed to give her a chance, but between trying to decide if she was wanted to be like Paula or compete with the contestants , I just don’t really know who she is, and don’t care for her at all. Annoying…. So all that being said, I really don’t understand how Ellen fits in this group , and I am not filled with the anticipation that I usually am. I really would rather see guest judges each week so if you don’t really like them , there is always next week. And if Simon were to leave I see it as the end to a Good thing. The worst thing to happen next to Chris Daughtry not winning American Idol , but he has had the last laugh hasn’t he and I’m sure very thankful for the exposure from A-Idol. Hoping that Ellen can take her standup act somewhere elsewhere….

  164. I DO NOT KNOW WHY PEOPLE IN POWER KEEP GIVING ELLEN JOBS . SHE MUST HAVE SOMETHING ON THEM. SHE IS NOT FUNNY AND SHE SURE CANT SING. I WILL WATCH IF YOU GET RID OF ELLEN CHARLIE

  165. I don’t see how someone could choose Ellen as a replacement for Paula. When Ellen sat in as a replacement she was a joke. Not only was she not funny she has no sense of quality of the performers.
    Don’t think i will be watching Idol this year because of her.

  166. i am the hugest ai fan-noooo more-ellen will dance and attract attention to herself-nightmare!

  167. Ellen probably called the main decision makers at AI and begged to be a judge just like she promoted herself non-stop to be on the Cover of Oprah Magazine. Ellen and Kara are so full of themselves I don’t think I will be able to listen to any of their comments. I’ve always loved the contestants in the past but since Paula had nothing to do with the choosing of the contestants this year, who knows what kind’ve talent they are going to have. AI going to do dogs!

  168. Can’t wait! Anyone would be better than listening to the autotron comments made by Paula Abdul. Although she was a great talent in her time (as a Cheerleader and choreographer – NOT a great singer), her time has definitely passed. See ya Paula – wtg Ellen!

  169. I think Ellen will be a good judge. After all, she discovered Charice Pempengco and Charice did not fail to impress America. She has good ears.

  170. Ellen is a HUGE talent! Give her a chance people. Don’t you all have something better to do than bash her? Grow up.

  171. I think Ellen is going to be great. I’ve watched AI from day 1 and it will bring a new twist on things. Ellen is the person to put Simon in his place. I love Simon and yes 99% of the time he’s right, but there’s no need to be rude about it. I think having Ellen there as the peoples voice is awesome. And if you don’t like Ellen, I guess your going to have to suck it up because she is the 4th judge. I recall not everyone like Kara joining either. So if your not going to watch it because Paula is not there and Ellen is…your loss. Being ignorant and rude about not caring for Ellen as a replacement is just childish. You go Ellen….

  172. Wow,
    I guess this is really a touchy subject for some.Just a personal opinion , not meant to be taken as rude. I have to plans to stop watching AI this year, I gave Kara the benefit of trying to like her, but I never could understand who she really is and where she fit in the panel of judges. I am still not looking forward to the up coming season , but I will still watch. As far as Ellen goes, I personally not don’t see how she will replace Paula , just sayin , no need to suck it up , what ever that means

  173. Homosexuality, according to the Bible, is an abomination. If Ellen DeGeneres replaces Paula I will not watch the show at all. Several others I’ve talked to about the issue agree and will not be watching. I’ve been a huge fan and voter.

  174. You need to read your Bible again or at least stop “interpreting” what you THINK it says. I’m not gay, but God is the only Judge Danette. With attitudes like yours, AI doesn’t need you.

  175. I feel it is too early too tell, Ellen is certainly likable and is a very good as a talk show host!!! I feel she will be just fine, remember people!!! Paula chose to quit!!! I say Ellen deserves a chance!!! and I feel she will be good at it!!!!

  176. Just because Ellen loves music,is funny,is a great talk show host, is gay or whatever… People,this does not qualify her to be a judge on the most relevant television show which can promote an individual to stardom or not!!! The contestants on American Idol deserve a judge that can give them advice, Ellen CAN NOT! Come on everyone think!!!

  177. Sherry K. – Paula CHOSE TO QUIT! GET OVER IT!
    Deborah – What makes you think Ellen CAN NOT give anyone advice on music? Do you know Ellen so personally that you think you know what she is qualified and capable of doing? Give her a chance. For that matter, ANYONE who has an ear for music could be a judge on AI. YOU think!

  178. Nancy-I do not know Ellen myself, however my best friends husband was her stage manager for many years so I do know quite a bit about her on a personal level. Having said that, only because you asked, is completely irrelevant.
    Having an ear for music does in no way give you merit to be a judge on American Idol! If you love houses does that mean you can sell them? No, you have to be a good sales person to sell them… Taking this one step further it is completely unfair to the contestants to put her on the show, look at the big picture here and not just the fact the you “like” Ellen. We all know that is why you want her on there. NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

  179. Deborah – First of all, I do not particulary care for Ellen’s show. I am a 78 year old woman, happily married for almost 58 years, so for you to insinuate that I “like” Ellen is insane and totally inacurate on your part. Secondly, I spent my entire life in the music industry as well as my older brother, who not only teaches music, but plays lead guitar with many top musicians and for movies. I DO know the music industry well and what it takes to “make it” in the business. And YES, anyone, ANYONE that has an ear can be a judge on AI. Thirdly, your analogy about selling houses is ludicrous. Any moron can sell houses – I have met many of them. My younger brother as well as my step-son (although not morons) were agents and I know exactly what it takes to get licensed and “sell” a house – not much. YOU however, are not qualified to JUDGE anyone. That is God’s job – so get over yourself – YOU are “NOT GOOD ENOUGH”!!!!!

  180. Nancy,

    You don’t get it, and that is okay you are old and a bit ‘salty’,as well you love to argue. I completely disagree with you that anyone can be a judge, that is a ludicrous statement! I was using the house thing as an analogy but ya didn’t get that either, you can’t really think just any ‘moron’ (as you call them) can sell homes and you just insulted millions of people by the way! I don’t make it a practice to judge people and leave that job up to God to do. We aren’t here to argue, just state our opinions on whether Ellen will make a good judge, which she will not! You don’t need to post anything regarding my statement as I will not comment on any of your ridiculous posts any longer,find someone else to argue with and get over your own nasty self!!!

  181. Deborah – Excuse me, but you insulted a large percentage of Americans by insinuating that I’m gay, like it’s a bad thing. I am NOT gay, but not homophobic as you apparently are. Just give her a chance and let’s leave it that. Or don’t watch the show – I couldn’t care less. Have a Happy New Year.

  182. I never insinuated that you were gay! What are you smokin???
    My brother is gay and I have many gay friends, how homophobic is that? NOT!!!
    I watch 2 shows, CSI and American Idol,and have never missed an episode so of course I will watch, until it goes off the air, which will be soon, sadly!

  183. Deborah – this is a direct quote from you: ” the fact the you “like” Ellen. We all know that is why you want her on there”….what else did YOU mean by this statement???? You’re the one “smoking” my dear.

  184. However you want to read it, see it or believe it… Have at it! You are exhausting and way off the subject! However, as I stated, I was not insinuating you were gay, only that you liked her and that is why you wanted her on the show, meaning that liking someone is not a good enough reason to make them an AI judge. But then, you already said anyone could be a judge on the show. I like Robin Williams, maybe he would make a good judge, yeah let’s make him the next AI judge. So, now that I said I “like” him do you think I meant it in a sexual way??? Do you even watch the show? I find it dificult to believe a person your age would enjoy the music. None of the people I know that are your age would watch AI. Maybe I should hook you up with my mom (who is in a nursing home) she loves to argue and you guys could have a great time twisting each others words to come up with something to fight about.

  185. I will miss paula this year. I have nothing against ellen and I love her snark even if she has no musical background. If Idol was going to bring someone to judge, why couldn’t they have brought a Ex -Idol to be a judge. Idol will not be the same without Paula.

  186. Deborah – I have been watching AI since the beginning – haven’t missed an episode and as a matter of fact, age has nothing to do with taste in music – I love all kinds and Adam Lambert was my husband and my favorite. Now leave me alone!

  187. TO NANCY AND DEBORAH: RELAX LADIES, THIS IS A SHOW AND A VERY ENTERTAINING ONE…..I THINK WE SHOULD ALL RELAX AND WATCH THE SHOW WITH ELLEN D. BEFORE WE ALL GET BENT OUT OF SHAPE. FACT: PAULA IS NOT COMING BACK…..FACT: ELLEN IS HER REPLACEMENT FACT: I WATCH THE SHOW FOR THE TALENT IT PRODUCES…..LETS NOT FORGET THAT…..AMERICA VOTES FOR THE TALENT (WELL WE LIKE TO THINK SO ANYWAY). SO LETS JUST SIT BACK AND WATCH AND THEN COMMENT….WHO KNOWS MAYBE WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER ADAM…….REMEMBER ITS NOT THE JUDGES THAT REALLY MAKE THE SHOW ITS THE TALENT….I’M SURE WE WILL ALL SURVIVE ELLEN IF WE TRULY ARE AN AI FAN!!!!!

  188. Phyllis G. (Las Vegas, NV) – Very eloquently stated. I agree with you 100%. The only reason I started getting upset with this person is she flat out stated that the only reason I wanted Ellen on the show was because of her sexual orientation and that was the reason I “liked” her. I’m too old for this type of garbage talk and it has absolutely nobody’s business. You’re right – it is the talent. I can only speak for myself, so thank you so much for your wise comments.

  189. NANCY…..YOUR WELCOME….LOOKING FORWARD TO COMMENTING WHEN THE SHOW STARTS….

  190. Nancy,

    I followed the dialogue between you and Deborah and feel you were looking to fight with someone because you don’t have much else going on.
    The way I see it is she was trying to state that Ellen does not have the skills to be a judge on AI. As I see it, it looks to me that she is looking out for the best interest of the contestants, not for the value of her own entertainment. I have to agree with her and disagree with you that just anyone can be a judge, that is just not true.
    Lastly, she was not insinuating that you are gay, do you actually think that her saying you “like” Ellen meant you were gay? Weird…

  191. Anna – Agree with her all you want. And yes, she was very definitely “insinuating” that the only reason I wanted Ellen on the show was because I “liked” her…why the quotes? Why didn’t she just say that I liked her? Now I’m going to ask you the same courtesy I asked of her – leave me alone.

  192. I saw her as a judge on “So you think you can dance and she was AWFUL!! She kept trying to be funny AND SHE WASN’T!!! Just stick with judging and leave out all that other junk!

  193. Huge mistake bringing on Ellen D. Lesbian – My entire family and most all of our friends will never watch an American Idol show again. Were sick and tired of the Hollywood comunity pandering to the gay community – they all need to get a dose of moral reality.

  194. no one can replace no one on american idol like fa real!!!!!!! how many times do we have to tell u that

  195. Nancy,
    I read the Nancy~ Deborah thing…
    You need to chill…It don’t look like no one was calling you gay, just that you “like” Ellen and that is why you want her on there to be a judge. You started the whole thing anyway!!! If you can’t take it don’t dish it out!
    Also, gotta love how you keep trying to get the last word in…Leave me alone…WAAAHHH!!!
    BTW, at 78 years of age how do you get a step son after being married 58 years?
    Don’t answer, I don’t want to know! Have a great life and Happy New Year who ever you say you are…

  196. Lisa – P.S. Stay out of my personal life, FYI, my husband is older than I am, how else do you THINK I would have a step-son. Let’s get back to the topic about the show. I support Ellen – she was RECRUITED to be a judge/Paul QUIT on her own. Enjoy the show people.

  197. Happy New Year Everyone!!!
    I would just like to say that first of all we all need to respect one another regardless of what we may or may not like. This board s/b used for discussions only regarding American Idol period. We all are Entitled to voice are opinions,regarding the departure of Paula and the new Beginning w/Ellen, however we should do so with respect.
    God Bless you and your families wishing you all a very Prosperous Year.
    PS. I am sorry I do not mean to be disrespectful, but I honestly feel if we dont have anythong nice to say, well you know the old school saying, “Don’t say nothing at all’.This really saddens me that we can’t even get along on a discussion board w/o everything being taken out of context, or things getting out of hand, with all the other issues going on, My God people come on!!! Let’s Please stick to the purpose of this board.
    One Love

  198. I am excited to have the guest judges during the first auditions and for Ellen. I mean, everything was about the technical. Now it’s about who someone like us would listen to it. Im personally, so glad that paula’s gone. she added nothing.

  199. What a joke Ellen who does she think she is now. Yuk her talk show is a joke not to sure why she is it.

  200. Whoa! Ellen?! No offense but if I was a contestant I’d pick a judge with MUSICAL experience/talent over someone who has a good ear anyday. She could have the best musical ear ever but the fact that she has no MUSICAL experience would make it really hard for me to take her opinion seriously. Why else do people want to hear Simon’s opinion even if he is rude about it. I’ll give her a shot though and watch AI but I’m not expecting much…

  201. You lost this household when Ellen was chosen to replace Paula. We will miss the family time that was spent watching but that’s the point……it was a family show but Ellen’s agenda does not promote husband,wife and children. Our ears will be up for next seasons changes.

  202. What a mistake to have DeGeneres on the show, she definitely doesn’t fit in, qualify to be a judge and has an attitude that she is really something great. NOT! She hasn’t done a thing for the music industry, is a chat host and a self proclaimed dancer? And she will be a trouble maker for sure, that’s her agenda in life. We will be seeing the decline of American Idol in viewers because of DeGeneres. What a shame! Who was the genius? that signed her? You may live to regret!

  203. At least the show will be interesting to watch. I get tired of listening to Paula slur her words and say thinngs that do not make any sence. She didn’t judge she just said what the contestants wanted to hear.

  204. I agree with Deb and Boobear! Paula has never made any sense at all! Thank goodness for DVR I could fast forward through her opinion. At least Ellen is more down to earth and will be judging on how we (the viewers) would vote. And she will be more fun to watch, as she is a comedian! And a good one! 🙂 Go ELLEN!

  205. Ellen Degenres will add a lot to the show. She’s totally awesome. I don’t believe there is a fourth judge needed—permanent or guest. Four judges take too long and can cause the participants, and the audience, to become confused and perhaps even lose interest in the comments of the judges.

  206. I have watched every season of American Idol but I refuse to watch it again because I can’t stand Ellen DeGeneres. American Idol should have paid Paula what she wanted. The show is all about Simon and Paula!!
    The show lost another viewer.

  207. I think it will be wierd with Ellen. But I really watch the show for the talent, or lack of it, lol. Why not have a lottery for the 4th judges seat every year. Have a regular american person be a judge…..just like Ellen. Right? Why not?

  208. I could not believe this incredibly poor choice for a judge. She does not represent the people as she claims but is just another attempt by Hollywood to push gay celebritys down our throats.
    Hollywood- put a lock on that barn door!

  209. Fox is pretty clever to get E.D. I will be interested to see how Simon and Ellen do with their on screen relationship.Personally, I feel she is an excellent candidate to soften Simon intellectually with candor and wit as well as provide a a more humorous and sensitive foil to his rancour and brutality
    when it comes to delivering the goods to the candidates. Let’s see if he makes it through the season.

  210. Completely disappointed. Makes me not want to follow the show at all. Feels like nothing more than a politically correct move. Pathetic move on the part of American Idol. What’s it all about.

  211. What a stupid move..we are not gonna watch this…the women is a joke alone but to have no talent to judge someone who does….FOX>.>Your GAY

  212. Bad move. I cannot stand watching Ellen Degenerate even for a few seconds. such childish antics, more like a kids show.

    This has got me thinking I won’t be able to watch this great show now

  213. Terrible choice, she has no talent in music
    to be judging a contest of peoples music
    ability. But most important her homosexual
    lifestyle is not one for teens to look up to.
    Such a shame.

  214. With the peoples vote we already have a voice – the judges should be connected to the music or entertainment business – Sorry Ellen, you don’t get my vote of confidence.

  215. I loved American Idol. It was a great family show. I will have missed Paula and would have gladly accepted a new judge but not the likes of Ellen DeGeneres. There are so many great and talented people in the music industry and they put DeGeneres on the show. What a bunch of fools.
    Goodbye American Idol. I will miss you

  216. A true dissapointment in all aspects. I thought they would replace Paula with someone that is an example to our youth. One less watcher this year.

  217. I am very dissapointed, I will probably not watch the 2010 season. She will have zero input.
    What a BAD choice of replacement.

  218. Just because the woman is gay has nothing to do with it!! I think anyone who has made something of their life is a person to look up to.
    I do agree she is not the right person for the job. Her sexual orientation is not the reason.
    “Such a shame” there are still people who think the way you do!!!

  219. I think Ellen is a wonderful choice. Although she doesn’t have the musical background, her wit will add alot to the show. There are already 3 judges qualified from a professional musical standpoint, maybe having someone like Ellen join the panel will add another dimension that will benefit the show, she certainly won’t be boring. She is hilarious!

  220. i don’t really want paula to leave either but ellen is really funny. i belief that she will be a great replacement if paula leaves!:)

  221. Why is Randy jackson going to be the only original? What’s wrong simon and Paula? your letting your fans down! Simon, most people watch american idol because of you. you make really funny, rude, and awesome comments!!! I♥ u!!!!!——–Paula, a lot of people will miss you because while simon is making all of those comments you are always the nice,sweet, and down to earth kind of person!!!! I♥u!!!!!!! And randy, after a while don’t leave because you make pretty awesome comments dawg!!!!!!I♥u!!!!!!

  222. Sorry but I can’t even watch that woman without almost puking. She has no vocal training and has no business as a judge of anything, especially with her glorious demeanor (lifestyle). Why not get Rosy to replace Randy? Then all the pretty, sweet, tender, young things would be a shoo-in. Ellen has obviously got something that pleases a lot of people so I have to give her credit for that. For me, she is repulsive and I doubt if I can sit though a single episode of Idol.

  223. All of you people are acting like Paula was fired….ummm….he quit folks, so stop acting like someone did her wrong. I won’t miss her drunkiness at ALL! But I don’t think Ellen is a good fit necessarilly…we shall see i suppose.

  224. I am so excited for Ellen to be coming to the show Paula was boring and I think Ellen is going to be hilourous who cares what she does in her private life to each is own I cant wait ot see her and Simon go at it cause she will give it right back to him!!! 🙂

  225. Wow I had no idea that Paula had musical talent! I thought she was a drunk who was just babbaling. Seriously Ellen is SOOOO funny and I do think Simon has a good sense of humor,Randy too! Paula was always the one I’d say STFU! to. Because she was too soft.

  226. American Idol without Simon is not worth my watching. Ellen does not sing or dance. She does not have the talent for a position of judge on the show. I will only watch until Simon leaves, then I am done.

  227. I thought the show was really starting to suck because of that new judge Kara…she is just so cocky and she thinks she knows everything. But with Ellen…It now does suck…What the hell does she know about singing anyway!! This is a sing competition…Right…
    Paula was the best thing about that show…

  228. Kara should go. I never cared for her in the first place. And four judges is one too many. It will be very interesting to see how Simon and Ellen relate to each other. Randy could be replaced with a more interesting personality. He seems to always want to compete with Simon and there is no competition. I’m sure Simon can also be replaced by someone just as interesting—no one is irreplaceable for anything. Paula I really don’t miss at all—-she rambled and never made much sense actually and allowed Simon to get under her skin too easily. But I’m most interested in the contestants anyway.

  229. HI, I wish that Ellen Degeneres will NOT be a judge on American Idol. She has no music background and does not bring anything to the table. She is not qualified for the job! Also, she is a lesbian and that will turn off a lot of American’s. I will turn off my TV when she is on.
    Thank you, heike suggs

  230. I’ve always been much more interested in a person as a person first not his/her sexual preference, religious preference, color of skin, social standing in society, athletic abilities, food preferences, clothing preferences, etc., etc., etc. Please–live and let live. May the most talented win whether he/she is gay, straight, uninterested totally in sex, black, white, yellow, green, tall, short, etc., etc., etc. This IS a TALENT show for singing!!—nothing more.

  231. I don’t like Ellen, I didn’t like her on any shows, and the fact thta she doesn’t have any musical training makes it even worse. You need someone that has a lot of experience in music to judge if someone has it or not. So if you don’t bring Paula back yo won’t have a lot of viewers to the show!!!!!!!!!!

  232. I think Ellen is awesome. She has such a sense of humour.She will be a great judge.You don’t have to have musical training to tell if someone has talent.
    Good luck ellen!

  233. I think Ellen is a GREAT addition to the show!! Aside from her humor, as others have stated, she represents OUR thoughts, the public who has musical knowledge but not professional training. She will keep things very real and probably also offer hope to those who, well, may need to keep working on things! She will also offer encouragement to some while also offering intelligent words. It’s gonna be a great season!! And yes, many gay people are also Christians with very high values and morals. Most people know that these days, except those in the closet afraid to come out of it! lol

  234. Cyndi Woodbury and co. let your homophobia go 😉
    Are you serious? It’s always been a family show and “I hope it doesn’t start having raunchy, innapropriate sexual humor on it or I’ll become an ex Idol fan.”
    Ah-maz-ing.
    I could write an entire book on the inconsistent logic, insane assumptions, and obvious prejudices…
    Put some effort into life and specifically being a good person. It’s actually quite fulfilling, and fun!
    I love you Ellen. (Anddd you Cyndi Woodbury and co!) 🙂

  235. I am very sorry to see Paula leave but I think Ellen will bring some funny and serious opinions to each and every participant on the American Idol. I also can’t wait to see Ellen and Simon working together. I know I will be laughing alot..Randy will be great too hey Dog!!!

  236. Well,we,the people in India will watch the show tomorrow only,i.e 15th Jan,I cannot judge Ellen yet,but still,I will miss Paula so much!

  237. I think Ellen will bring a lot of humor and compassion to the show. I love her. I believe she’ll be able to hold her own with Simon. I can’t wait!

  238. I will not be watching American Idol this year or any other year as long as Ellen is on. I have been a fan of Idol for years and very sad that you all chose her.

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  240. Nice call Idol producers. Not only did you pick someone who has no clue on musical talent but someone who has a reprehensible lifestyle for a so-called family show. Heck, America knows she’s a degenerate and you want kids watching this show.

  241. The judges are doing what they get paid for—-gaining and generating interest for AI. Evidently they’re doing their jobs nicely—so many people go ape over their personalities and argue and berate each other’s opinions of one judge or another. It’s hilarious!! The judges are laughing all the way to their banks.

  242. I can’t stand that women get rid of her. Yes I will still watch the show but not every week like I have done in years past.

  243. I will no longer watch AI. Why do you think Adam didn’t win? The same reason AI will not win with ED.

  244. Judy & Heike
    Why do YOU think Adam didn’t win? I still can’t understand. He was absolutely loaded with talent. The best EVER on AI. And talent is what the show is (or should be) all about. I don’t care if he (or Ellen) is gay, straight, or totally sexless. If your life was being threatened and the only person who steps in to save you was a gay person, would you chase him/her away? Would you ask first if this person was gay before you allowed his help?

  245. BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!
    BOOOOOO BRING BACK PAULA!

  246. Thank goodness Paula is gone at last!!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to see Ellen.
    Love the older fellow and his song “Pants on the ground”——-

  247. I am extemely excited to see Ellen on the show, she will add a new twist to the show and I think the ratings will go up. Sometimes you have to freshen things up and this is one of them. Out with the old and in with the new. Most of the time you couldn’t understand Paula anyway so this will be some easy listening and a breath of fresh air!!

  248. Honestly People…who really cares who judges this contest…do you HONESTLY think that the viewers have the say in who wins this competition???? The producers pick the winner…it is rigged like most competitions…If I had to throw my two cents in…I would send Randy Jackson packing with Paula…neither of them made any sense on the show…at least Simom told the truth…Ellen will bring some humor to the show…but it will get old in a hurry.

  249. I think they dug pretty deep into the pile and just happened to pick out EG’s name. How else could it happen.These kids are going to end up with a career someday and to have a no-nothing judging them, how smart or fair is that? Just because she is funny (so some think)is no reason to think she can judge some ones ability to sng or not.Big Mistake on your part to go with her, when there are so many more able people to judge these kids.
    EP

  250. I THINK YOU GUYS ARE TOTALLY CRAZY IF YOU THINK A CLOWN LIKE ELLEN WILL IMPROVE AMERICAN IDOL SHOW. THIS IS, I HOPE, A SERIOUS PROGRAM, NOT A CIRCUS.
    BESIDES, THE JUDGES SHOULD WORK IN THE SELECTION PART BECAUSE IN ANY OTHER WAY, THE TIME FOR THE SELECTION WILL BE ENDLESS, BUT ONCE THE LAST 15-20 CONTESTANT ARE SELECTED, THEN ONLY THE PUBLIC SHOULD DECIDE WHO GOES OUT AND WHO KEEPS COMPETING.
    NO JUDGES IN THIS PART, JUST THE CONTESTANTS AND THE PUBLIC, NOT EVEN THE PRODUCERS, BECAUSE THEY INFLUENCE THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR PROS AND CONS COMMENTS.
    I THINK MOST OF THE MUSICIANS WILL AGREE WITH ME IN THIS TOPIC.

  251. Wow, looking at all these responses from Ellen Haters we can see how pro-fox/ republican america idol fans are. Get real guys, so what if she’s a lesbian, or that she’s not a signer, BFD! She is a humanitarian, a great role model, and of loving woman. She has talent, drive, and most of all she’s not Paula!. That woman drove me crazy! all the crying, screaming, and emotional break downs on stage. This is going to be the first season where I watch from start to finish. Congrats Ellen, your going to be great, and it will be so nice to have someone quick witted enough on the show to handle Simon and his remarks. Oh and here’s hoping that the next idol is NOT country or R&B they have had enough of those.

  252. OH Thank God that the drunk is gone! Paula needs a few years of sobriety in Betty Ford before she goes out into the public spot light again. You people think that being gay will harm family vaules?? really get a grip. I would rather my kids watch a woman who is true to herself than one who endores substance abuse as a way of coping thru life.

  253. Hey has anyone stopped to think about what they write about Ellen being a lesbien,everyone is different and that does not make her less of a person than anyone of us.Remember she has feelings also,besides i think she is funny and kind-and i think she will make a great judge on Idol.Yes we will all miss Paula,she is a great person.If the tables were turned and we always had Ellen as a judge on Idol-if she left the show then we would miss her just has much.It takes time to get used to someone new on a show,but for goodness sake give the lady a chance.Is everyone afraid that they just might like her alot ??? I am excited to watch idol and as usual i will not miss a show.Great job Idol.

  254. I think they will lose a lot of viewers if they put Ellen on the show. I mean really could they not find someone else. I would rather them have a past contestant on there than Ellen. At least they would know a little something. I am not saying don’t put her on there just because she knows nothing about music but personally I don’t like her and I don’t think sah’e funny. And now Simon is leaving who will they find to replace him,

  255. I just can’t get interested in AI this year. I guess it is because at the end of the trials, Ellen will be coming on as a judge. The gay thing is not the total issue. Even though I would rather have a drunk kid than a gay kid, it is Ellen’s arrogant attitude that turns people off to her. She personifies the meaning of term Dike. Her dress, her appearance and her mannerism are all repulsive. She is a typical shove-it-in-your-face gay. I just can’t sit through that twice a week.

  256. Just how bad can Idol get now? I mean really, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. They aren’t talent scouts or producers and Perry is just down right irritating. Also, watching the auditions you sense somethings missing. Right, Paula. What do you thinks going to happen next season. Simon won’t be there. Guest judges aren’t the answer and Degeneres certainly is not the answer. Idol’s going to tank next year. Randy you’d best jump ship this year.

  257. I don’t care for and will not watch American Idol if Ellen Degeneral is the judge replacement for Paula. I think that the 4th judge should be someone that is into the music career.

  258. Well, then. I guess all Americans who vote for the American Idol winner had better be “into the music career.”

  259. I think we should save our opinion of Ellen untill she is given a chance.Everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves.

  260. I am yet another American Idol fan who will stop watching once the competition begins. I am NOT an Ellen fan and would prefer either 3 judges or almost anyone else.

  261. Me! Are your serious…”She’s a great role model”??? She’s a lesbian! Call me old fashion, whatever but my family will not be watching this show any longer. No wonder the world is the way it is! I’m outta here…

  262. Sorry, but the world is not the way it is because Ellen is a lesbian. So some people will deprive themselves of watching AI for their own entertainment because of one “different” human being—-guess what, ALL human beings are “different.” And that’s what makes ALL of us interesting.

  263. I can’t wait to see Ellen on American Idol! I believe she will be great on the show. Maybe she’ll soften up Simon a bit. LOL!!

  264. WHY DO YOU THINK AI NEEDS AN ADDITIONAL JUDGE ?

    3 JUDGES IS THE RIGHT NUMBER, SO PLEASE FORGET ABOUT THAT 4TH ONE, SPECIALLY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A CIRCUS.

    ONLY PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS WITH MUSIC KNOWLEDGE IS ABLE TO JUDGE APPROPRIATELY.

  265. I have been a faithful Idol fan from the beginning. However, the moment Ellen DeGeneres steps on the stage is the moment I turn Idol off. I do not want to watch one of my favorite shows every week and have to be upset while being entertained. I don’t agree with her preferences and don’t want her thrown in my face by the industry. I know that’s not popular but it is my right to change channels in protest. I also know this won’t make a difference to the owners of the show, but, that I have to live with.

  266. My family will not be watching AM ID this season because we don’t like the fact that ellen is a lesbian. Very poor choice for a family show.

  267. i miss paula i want her back so does my mom who needs ellen she has her own show my mother misses her aswell.Bring her back shes funny as anything!!!! please???????????

  268. I don’t believe Ellen will be doing any sex acts or pushing Lesbian ideas on AI. What in this world does her sex preference have to do with judging a talent show??!!

  269. OMG THIS 2010 WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO REALIZE THAT GAY PEOPLE ARE A FACT OF LIFE. THEY DON’T HURT ANYBODY….ITS JUST THEIR SEXUAL PREFERENCE AND WHO ARE YOU TO TELL THEM WHO TO LOVE. AI IS A TALENT SHOW AND IT SHOWCASES YOUNG PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE IT IN A ROUGH VENUE…..WATCH THE TALENT, VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE. WHAT IN THE WORLD DO YOU THINK ELLEN IS GOING TO DO TO CORRUPT YOUR FAMILY???
    YES, MOST OF US WILL MISS PAULA BUT AI GOES ON. ITS ABOUT THE TALENT NOT THE JUDGES….

  270. I think Ellen is a poor choice Paula’s replacement, having no musical background or credentials. She’ll be a time-waster, with no knowledge to provide constructive criticism to the contestants. She’ll just try to be funny. As Simon would say, “this is a singing competition”! I’m afraid this will be AI’s death knell, when you add in Simon’s departure next season.
    American Idol, RIP.

  271. Not too concerned about the judges. The competition is the entertainment. I certainly don’t know Ellen personally–wouldn’t know what idea(s) she has “in her brain.” Don’t really care. Everyone has a right to their opinions and everyone certainly has a right to watch or “not” watch AI—for whatever reason. We who “judge” and vote for the winner of AI had better get out and take piano lessons or something—gotta get that “musical background.” Right?

  272. DEAR LAKOTA:

    SOMEONE MIGHT TAKE THOUSANDS OF LESSONS OF PIANO OR ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT AND HE WILL NOT BE A MUSICIAN YET.

    THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE OR DO NOT HAVE. THERE ARE THINGS THAT CANNOT BE BOUGHT. ONE HAS TO BE BORN WITH SUCH FEELINGS AND ADDITIONALLY, IT IS HIS OBLIGATION TO STUDY AND TO LEARN.

    ALSO, AS THIS IS A MUSICAL COMPETITION, NOT ONE MORE SHOW, IT IS NOT A MATTER TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ANY OTHER PROFESSION OR ACTIVITY, IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU MUST HAVE THAT “KNOWLEDGE” TO BE CAPABLE OF JUDGING A MUSICIAN OR SINGER.

    I LOVE THE MUSIC, IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE, AND THAT’S WHY I BELIEVE THAT THE DREAMS OF SOMEONE HAS TO BE CONSIDERED VERY SERIOUSLY, NOT UNDER THE THOUGHT OF SOME JUDGE COULD BE FUNNY OR LESBIAN OR ANY OTHER THING.

    WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE WHAT WE WANT TO BE, BUT NOT TO BE PROUD OF IT AND LIVE TO MENTION SUCH HONORS IN EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU HAVE, LIKE A JOKE, AND LIKE HER ONLY SKILL.

    I HOPE EVERYTHING IS CLEAR, BECAUSE I AM ECUADORIAN AND MY LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.

  273. DANILO,
    I REALLY THINK YOU ARE TAKING THESE JUDGES A LITTLE TOO SERIOUS…..GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOME CREDIT…..WE ARE THE VOTERS AND LOTS OF TIMES WE DISAGREE WITH THEM….THEY ARE NOT PERFECT…..SIMON DISAGREES WITH RANDY AND PAULA IN THE PAST AND THAT NEVER MADE A DIFFERENCE TO US…..WE BUY THE CDS NOT THE JUDGES…..I BELIEVE THE JUDGES ARE PART OF THE ENTERTAINMENT….DID YOU REALLY TAKE PAULA SERIOUSLY….I LOVED HER BUT I DIDN’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH HER SAME WITH SIMON AND RANDY…
    THIS IS JUST MY OPINION BUT I SAY GIVE ELLEN A CHANCE….SHE MIGHT BRING SOME HUMOR TO THE PANEL……IN ANY EVENT YOU CAN ALWAYS WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR AND SEE PAULA AND SIMON ON THE X FACTOR….

  274. Danilo,
    It is neat to be talking with an Ecuadorian. What’s it like there? I applaude your passion and I’m also pleased with your ability to speak English when your language is Spanish. I’m kind-of a laid back USA Kentuckian and generally stick to the “live and let live” philosophy. You are very interesting. Thank you for your reply. And by the way, Ellen just might be a big flop—we will find out soon.

  275. I have the answer. With all the great “Steve Jobs” technology in the hi-tech arena, if we could invent some way to block out the picture and sound, other than changing channels, automatically whenever Ellen appears, we could save Idol for at least one more season. Bye the way, did you know this woman? appears in a makeup commercial?? I didn’t know her kind wore makeup.

  276. i think guest judges was a good idea. but having to listen to ellen degenerate all season is too much. why not just get a real pig to do the show. on american idol this season for me.

  277. I can’t believe that American Idol would even think of Ellen Degenerate to be one of the judges. Number one she is supposedly funny, NOT! She doesn’t even have musical skills. IF she is one of the judges, as much as I love this show and I watch it every season, I WILL NOT watch it again. I also know a lot of other people who will not be watching it if SHE is an American Idol judge. I feel this is just another attempt to shove Gay/Lesbians down our throat.

  278. So next week is the grand debut of the new judge ellen. I don’t know about anyone else but looking at the panel and not seeing Paula doesn’t even seem right. She had her quirks but she and Cowell often made it more bearable to watch some of those shows. Now, bring on a clueless judge, a swan song of a season for Simon, Karla what’s her name, and Randy, and just how bad will the ratings be.

  279. First Ellen,then maybe Howard Stern? Hey I heard that Jerry Springer is available? Time to turn the channel!!!!!!!!!!

  280. I am disappointed that AI invited Ellen to join the judges panel. We will not be faithfully viewing AI this season. And note that our family has watched & voted on every season up until now. Ellen’s public lesbianism is the main reason, not to mention she does not have a music background. AI could have been more responsible in replacing Paula than Ellen.

  281. I don’t think Ellen was a good choice. She doesn’t add anything to the show. Paula was MUCH better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  282. I think Ellen is refreshing. She makes Simon laugh, I like that. I even like how Simon was responding during auditon week. I was really funny. I love you too Paula.

  283. Can’t stand Ellen. I think she’s an idiot and a moron. Plus she could use some dance lessons Don’t much care for Paula, but at least she came on drunk and boinked some of the dudes. I guess the girls have to watch out now

  284. ellen is as appealing a rock. Not attractive, stupid jokes and no real comments/advice for contestants. Simon can laugh with her now because he is out of there next year. Last season for Idol, die and the slow death next season.

  285. Ellen was wonderful. She adds a dry humor that is hilarious. And the judges for once acted like adults. VERY enjoyable episode. Really looking forward to watching AI from now on. I think the best contestant thur far is Lilly.

  286. I love to watch AI and have always watched it in the past, but with Ellen DeGeneres coming on 2/9/10, my last viewing will be 2/3/10. i do not approve of her life style-I feel like an agenda is being shoved down our throats. I don’t know any other reason she s/b a judge-especially since she apparently has no music background. My wife & I are gone-thats our vote.

  287. Got a glimpse of group week. Again, I need to ask is why ellen on this show? She has as much input as a snail. The real joke is having her on this show.

  288. I do not think that someone like Ellen Degeneres has the ability to replace Paula Abdul, she has no singing talent at all …. Please bring back Paula Abdul !! I know that I loved her and don’t even care for Ellen Degeneres ….

  289. What has Ellen Degeneres got to do with music? I’m Sorry, but definitely wrong choice for me to contiue watching.

  290. No wonder Simon is quitting !! With Paula Abdul gone and of all people Ellen Degeneres to replace her,is just absolutely ridiculous !! Ellen D. is a moron in my opinion, someone who is gay who is trying to make a point, I don’t even bother with her show which is a complete waste of time. The best three judges are Paul Abdul, Simon, and Randy. I simply do not understand why they ever bothered with that good mix. Seriously tho, that Ellen D must go .

  291. Lol, its amusing to see people getting so heated about this topic.
    First off, a lot of you are banging on about selecting a judge with ‘music skills/ knowledge’. Fair enough. Paula might have been a singer, but, face it, she absolutely could not express herself. She dithered, she wavied, her comments were silly and most often disregarded… Just that the whole lot of you almost are anti change. Suck it up; you’ll get over Paula quitting someday. 0.o

  292. Everyone owes it to Ellen to watch just one show. I did and I must say that the negativity here is not unfounded. I have to commend her for sprucing up a little but it’s so difficult for her to not project that dike look, attitude, and mannerism. When she dances she looks like two broken 4 x 4s with a malfunctioning hinge. She can’t sing. She can’t dance and her jokes are ridiculously not funny. She simply projects her role as a typical stereotyped male counterpart lesbian. If she were the female lesbian type, she probably would not be so noticeable. She has her own show so the people that love her can watch her. Just don’t push her off on the used-to-be most popular show on TV. I’m 81 years old and I’ve watched them long before they came out of the closet and started their long trek of pushing their lifestyle in our faces. Idol is just the last straw for me.

  293. You know Marvin, that was so well put !! I commend you for the way you described Ellen D to a “t”. She shouldn’t be on the show, she has her own stupid show if people want to watch her. I only wish there was someway to get her off American Idol. And to think that she also does commericals for make-up !! That is just so unbelievable that they would let someone like her, and pay her to be in a beauty ad !!

  294. MARVIN & KAT,
    WHAT HAS ELLEN DONE TO PROVOKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. SHE HASN’T KILLED ANYBODY, SHE DOESN’T BEAT UP HER DOMESTIC PARTNER….SHE DOES NOT DO ANYTHING ON AI THAT SHE DESERVES WHAT YOU TWO ARE SAYING….SHE SEEMS KIND AND SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE CONTESTANTS….WHAT IS SHE DOING THAT IS SO WRONG?????

  295. Phyllis, the only thing Ellen is doing wrong is being different. If no one knew she was a lesbian, they would most likely only wonder why she dresses so casual while Karla is so overdressed.

  296. Phyllis and Lakota ……. if you would bother reading Marvin’s comments you would understand exactly why Ellen D is so unsuited to be a judge on American Idol ….. I suggest you take the time to read the comments before taking such a defensive outlook with Ellen D.

  297. Kat—-No need for you to “suggest” I read Marvin’s comments—I read them twice— without your suggestion. Nothing at all there to change my mind. And my comments are not a “defensive outlook.” I don’t need to defend Ellen. She is doing fine on AI. Paula was fine also in her own weird little way, but I don’t miss her at all. The major focus needs to be on the contestants anyway.

  298. Seen a few episodes of AI. Not glued to it like year’s past. What does ellen bring to the show? That’s probably the question that needs to be asked. Not a singer or music producer so from a music industry point of view, zilch. Bring comedy to the show? Heck, Simon and Paula brought that mostly every week. So is she on this show? Well, it does not matter, AI will tank next year anyway.

  299. I’m watching from England and don’t know Ellen very well – however, at least she will concentrate on the singing and NOT flirting with Simon!!

  300. KAT, I DID READ MARVIN’S COMMENTS AND THATS WHY I RESPONDED THAT WAY…….IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO HER SEXUAL PREFERENCES……WHO REALLY CARES…..SHE DOES NOT DO ANYTHING ON THAT SHOW THAT SHOULD PREVENT CHILDREN AND OR TEENS FROM WATCHING IT…….SHE IS A PROFESSIONAL….MAYBE YOU SHOULD WATCH THE SHOW WITH AN OPEN MIND…..

  301. Having Ellen on the panel is a real joke. She has no clue what to say about the singing she is to judge. I am finding it hard to even watch and I used to watch every show. It is to bad they could not have replace Paula with a woman.

  302. OMG!!! Why don’t y’all give Ellen a freakin chance!! This was her first night “live” on AI, of course she feels nervous, and has already admitted to not knowing a heck alot about vocals, pitches, but AI chose her for a reason. I think 4 judges that are ALL musically inclined would be too much, I think Ellen is an awesome comedian, and what is wrong with that?? She makes a ton of money doing it. I’m sorry for all you Paula lovers, but have you forgotten the last few seasons her inabilty to talk correctly from being in a haze. I’m glad that AI has put Ellen on, she is taking this serious as she does her own show, give her a chance…I think this will be the best season yet. Forget Paula, she’s gone..and I’m sure for a good reason. Nice job tonite Ellen, I wish you the best of luck as the new AI judge #4!!!

  303. BTW Kat ~ It was Simon’s choice who was going to replace Paula, Simon is leaving next year to start a new show that will also be on Fox. Anyway, all of you that are choosing not to watch…nobody will miss you, I promise.

  304. Again the question needs to be asked. Why is ellen on this show? In fact, most of the night, the other judges helped her out by complimenting what she said which was nothing worth mentioning. Also, overall the judges are losing their edge. None of the girls they selected have star power. Just goes to show you that Idol looks to be coming to its pinnacle this season waiting for a drastic fall.

  305. Glad some one liked my comments. I don’t think Ellen’s queer status is what is at stake. Nobody hates Ellen or her likes. We just hate the way she was picked for this show without regard to qualifications. It’s like affirmative action is back. LOL She cannot escape from flaunting her true being. The male style shirt and sport jacket she wears, the masculine hair cut, and the corny little jokes she throws out that are not really funny. Notice how she twitches while the others make comments and can only try to elaborate on what has already been said. When she goes first, she is a disaster, saved by the grace of the other three. No matter who she is sleeping with, she doesn’t belong on that show. Period.

  306. I agree Marvin. So the question once again is, why is she on this show. It has be a public statement. You might as well have brought someone right off the street to be the fourth judge because her comments and critiques just doesn’t cut it for this program. You would be clueless to not notice the other three judges helping her out with their follow up comments. And what’s the deal with Karla and that long haired dude? I’d bet her newlywed husband is going nuts or he should be for the flirtation and inuendo’s she’s giving off.

  307. Marvin, once again I commend you ! You absolutely took the words right out of my mouth !! I could not have said it better myself. Ellen is a complete disaster for this show, which should only have judges who know their way around the music industry. Her jokes were indeed very stupid ! And her comments about the contestants were ridiculous. Paula could walk the talk, E.D, is a freaking nightmare and looks more than moronish on the show, and you are right, it certainly is not about her being gay, it all comes down to her abilities for this, which simply don’t exist. I wonder how we can get rid of her ??? All in all, I love your comments !!

  308. Looks like it’s “long hair dudes” we have to be prejudice against now. Give your bigotry a rest.

  309. When all else fails with reason, logic and facts, LakotaCarolina, you always have bigotry to fall back on. Too bad she is white; otherwise, you could try racism. Would make just about as much sense.

  310. uhh the band? hello band? are you there?
    what happened to the people that were playing when Allison sang ‘Cry Baby’ from last season?

  311. Once again Marvin, I commend you on your comments !! And again, ED made such a fool of herself on AI this week. She is just soooooooooooo clueless when it comes to the music industry. Her comments make her look like a complete idiot! Angie, you have good taste.

  312. Bigotry doesn’t cover logic. A lessen in Logic… A couple, where two different objects come together to make a single object. Example is a BOLT. A bolt is hardware made up of one screw and one nut. Together they make a bolt. You can’t make a bolt with two screws and you can’t make a bolt with two nuts. Which is Ellen, the screw or the nut? (Don’t make me answer that) You can give the screws and the nuts all the benefits that the bolts have but you simply cannot individually call them a bolt. So, quit trying to shove it down our throats that some people are not treated fairly. They are treated fairly. They just can’t make a bolt, in this case a marriage. That word, marriage, is the real thing that is bugging them. It’ll never happen. Ellen is a perfect example why it will never happen.

  313. Whoa Marvin! I’d be the last person to try to shove anything down anyone’s throat. Believe what you want—it’s nothing to me. However, I would like to say I have no idea what in this world you are talking about in your latest post. Who cares who gets married or doesn’t. Bolts and nuts? If you’re talking about homosexuals not being able to make babies, nuts and screws can’t do that either.

  314. That was just a metaphor. If you didn’t get the point we can just pass on that one. It was all about a unit, nuts and screws, tires and wheels, etc. Forget it.

  315. Marvin, I didn’t find a point and it had already been forgotten—easily. Be happy and have a great day!

  316. Well Marvin, once again you have great intelligent points and comments. If some people, (LakotaCaroline) simply cannot understand them, don’t worry about it. Once again on AI this week ED made a fool out of herself, she waits to see what one of the other judges are saying and makes up her own idiot version of such. Her jokes are hideous, and she is making a complete fool of herself. I just do not understand WHY they allow her to continue to “judge” when she simply isn’t competent enough to judge anything.

  317. band better now!
    sound engineers
    get those levels
    balanced band levels
    are inconsistent from
    singer to singer

  318. I agree, it would be difficult to make a bond (or bolt) with two nuts. However, there are screws that don’t needs nuts to make a bond. They don’t need to be a bolt to hold. But together they can make a strong bond. There are also other male/femal connectors–such as in electrical and plumbing connections for example and even there that type connection isn’t always necessary to make a good bond.

  319. Your second sentence, “However, there are screws that don’t needs nuts to make a bond.” made my point exactly. The two screws can make a bond (union) but not a bolt (marriage) so lets just leave the two screws and the two nuts to themselves and move on. Thanks for your comments and bearing with me on this crazy subject. Ellen showed tonight that she doesn’t know the difference between a piano and a guitar.

  320. Once again ED makes a fool out of herself. And what the h….. does she know about “pitch” ?? She shouldn’t be commenting on that at all ! Notice that they don’t let her “judge” first, and all she does is follow what Randy says and tries to make her ridiculously stupid jokes and ends up making herself look like a complete idiot once again. I love it when Simon disagrees with her !! I just continue to wish that there was some way to get her off the show.

  321. Piano/guitar? At least Ellen didn’t confuse a human with a bolt.:)))
    She seems to be a very kind, caring person and, perhaps even without a musical background, she does a good job on AI.

  322. Lakota …. I feel sorry for you with your stupid comments on “confusing a human with a bolt”!! You are obviously very uneducated as you appear to have an extremely difficult time understanding the analogy of Marvin’s comments …

    ED is a complete moron and a useless object on AI, her stupidity is confirmed night after night …

  323. Well, Kat, since you brought it up, I have two college degrees in the graduate area with a GPA of 3.8.

  324. Lakota, that surprises me ! No University degree ?? Then I am having difficulties still wondering why you could not grab the analogy that Marvin was trying to say ?? Any educated person could …

  325. Lakota ……. you also appear to have difficulties understanding the word “pitch”. The judges refer to that all the time and they mean in the voice !! ED is an idiot and doesn’t have a clue about pitch, much like yourself, and should not be commenting on it at all !!!!

  326. Come on guys, you make me feel like I am at fault over these not-so-nice comments. I’m really sorry. Look up the meaning of metaphor so you will realize I was not comparing humans with bolts but only using the example as a logical comparison of capabilities. I also have a BA in Business Management and a MS in Computer Science but you know, sometimes I feel really stupid myself.

  327. Marvin ……. personally, I think your comments on brilliant, and I believe I have chastized Lakota several times over his inability to understand the analogy you were trying to show. I look forward to seeing more great “stuff” from you !

  328. As I’ve said before…I quit wathcing AI due to E.D. being on the show. I gave it a quick glance this week in hopes that I was wrong in my thinking. wha a mistake…what are the producers of AI thinking?? E.D made a total idiot of herself as she is clueless! Just listen to her speak….Duh…duh….duh! My thoughts were correct…what a shame…I used to love that show! Maybe they’ll see the light by next season! I heard that Simon and Paula are starting their own show? Im sure that will be awesome if they do!

  329. Lakota… are you for real or just blond? Just wondering by your comments? Maybe you’re just someone that enjoys messing with people?? if so, everyone needs a good laugh!

  330. Beth ……. I agree with you on all points, ED is a complete IDIOT and her comments are more than useless. All she can do is mimick the other real judges. I didn’t hear that Paula and Simon were opening their own show? Now that would be awesome !

  331. Well, Beth I too enjoy a good laugh and do enjoy messing with a mind or two occasionally. I’m definitely not blond, nor am I male.

  332. I’m going to let loose of you “gay bashers” now and move on to something more lucrative. I’ve had enough fun from this group. And I’m glad that someone finally caught on—Beth, you’re sharp! Adios amigos!!!!!!!

  333. Lakota ….. “Gay Bashers” ????? I do think that you are blonde, or uneducated as you simply cannot seem to grasp the point of exactly WHY we can’t stand ED !!! Or perhaps you are gay and just mad ?? We just don’t think that ED is at all qualified to be a judge on AI. What is so difficult about understanding that ????

  334. I do not like Ellen as a judge. she is just so not judge material. She is so boring. And everything she says is the same. I am losing interest in American Idol, its not as much fun anymore and once Simon goes off of it next year I probably wont watch it anymore

  335. I agree with you Helen, ED is so NOT judge material. She is repetative of what Randy says all the time, and notice that she never ever goes first now. Her idiot jokes are never ending and completely useless. She also should not get any more face lifts as her neck is beyong repair, wrinkly and sagging. She should consider wearing turtle necks instead of ties. Her face has been so pulled back she looks moronic. I agree, Simon is what this show is all about and only his opinions really count, after all he is a multi millionaire in the music business so he really knows what he is talking about. I love it when he totally disagrees with ED !! She should quit making those remarks such as when she uses “pitch” comments, after all, what the heck does she know about “pitch” ?!! Absolutely nothing.

  336. I”m glad someone else agress with me, I notice there is alot of that on this blog. I hope they take her off after this year. I never like Cara either but she is so much better then Ellen that she looks good. American Idol really made a mistake with Ellen, I hope they realize it soon and hope she didnt sign a long term contract because then were screwed, or if there ratings drop maybe they will do something or maybe they will listen to us there fan base

  337. Just can’t take it anymore. Not that I was glued to the TV on tonight’s Idol. I wasn’t even watching it but I heard ellen’s voice from another room sort of imply she has a preference not for males. Yes, she did not say she was gay, but the inference was solid. So I guess American Idol has just thrown out any illusions of this being a family show once and for all. I just wonder what the ratings are for this show. ellen brings nothing to it and her stupid jokes are good only when the laugh tracks are playing. Even from the next room I can tell her opinions on the contestants adds nothing at all. Idol should put her back where Randy sits so she can be more of an imbecile.

  338. Genjiro …. Wow !! Once again someone took the words right out of my mouth …. You are SO RIGHT about ED, she is a complete idiot and that is why she no longer starts the comments. She is also of imbecile status as you so put it. What surprises me is that they still have her on the show.!!! I try and ignore her comments as they are so ignorant and non relevent. She really doesn’t have a clue of what she is talking about !! As far as this being a family show, that stopped happening when she joined the judges panel. The best judges in my humble opinion were Randy, Paul, and Simon. They were really fun !!

  339. Ellen is such a breath of fresh air on AI. Her pithy little comments are so enjoyable and serve to break the tension for the contestants. Kara seems to feel she’s a sex goddess, but, who knows?–maybe she is. Ellen’s comments show more intelligence than Kara’s and Ellen is always very sweet and genuinely concerned.

  340. SANDRA G….I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU…..LAST NIGHT SHE REALLY COME INTO HER OWN….SHE DISAGREED WITH RANDY AND STATED HER OWN OPINION AND I, TOO, FEEL THAT SHE LIGHTENS UP THE MOOD…..I THINK THEY SHOULD REPLACE KARA NOT ELLEN…..SORRY KAT AND MARVIN AND THE REST OF YOU ED HATERS…..JMO

  341. I think Ellen is doing great. Especially compared to the other judges. Randy is useless and, OH MY GAWD Kara is annoying this year. She seems cocky, and her comments to Andrew Garcia last night were ridiculous. At least she wasn’t all over Simon for a change though.

  342. Tami ….. Sandra G. …. Phyllis ….. You are obviously not clued in . Anyone who thinks that ED is a “breath of fresh air” is totally out to lunch. Sorry, but that’s the truth of it. ED is an complete imbecile and a moron with her idiot comments and her attempts at humour which make her appear even more dumb than ever. Get with the program ladies, and get you butt out into the fresh air and perhaps look at the show as a critic/judge and realize that ED is NOT suited at all for such .

  343. Lol. Just read some of your posts Kat. I think you have made it clear over and over again that you think Ellen is an idiot. Not everyone is going to share your opinion, so calm down and get over it.

  344. Phyllis G—-thank you SO much for agreeing with me. Reading this blog, before I posted, was really depressing (with one or two exceptions) —and Tami—good to have your positive opinion for Ellen. I’m so glad there really ARE sensitive, sensible people out there who can be realistic instead of deliberately vicious. Ellen is doing great and has been since she began on AI. I’m very glad she’s there! Go Ellen!!!!!!!!!

  345. DEAR KAT,
    I GUESS I’M JUST NOT A PREDJUDICE PERSON….I GIVE PEOPLE CHANCES AND ELLEN HAS PROVEN TO BE VERY GOOD…..I GUESS YOU PREFER SOMEONE LIKE KARA SLOBBING ALL OVER SIMON AND CASEY…..DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS!!!!!! TALK ABOUT FAMILY VALUES!!!!!!!AND THAT IS MY OPINION….!!!!!!

  346. Sad that people cannot see past Ellen’s sexuality, I thought we were supposed to be an evolved species. Still bigotry and ignorance usually go together.

  347. I THINK KAT IS STARVING FOR ATTENTION. SHE HAS SOME REAL ISSUES….AND ALL HER EDUCATION IS NOT HELPING HER IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE (ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE)…….TAKE OFF YOUR BLINDERS AND GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE……ELLEN IS JUST ENTERTAINMENT AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE HER, DON’T WATCH THE SHOW…YOUR LOSS NOT OURS……

  348. Oh Phyllis …. it takes an uneducated person to say something like that ! And Anthony … Ha ha ha !! No, I am completely straight, but often wonder why people think this is about sexual preference, it isn’t, just about ability to judge musical talent, which ED just doesn’t have and it all makes me wonder if those defending her aren’t somehow sexualy deviated themselves …

  349. Everyone who has gotten on Kat’s case, get a life. Two things about ellen I don’t like. On Tuesday night, did she have to go there about her sexuality? And, she is useless for a judge in a singing contest. Its not a comedian contest. Her comments and advise helps none of the contestants. There, ellen is a disaster as a judge on this show. And, I’ve given up on Idol, it sucks now. This show will be like the old “Star Search.” Popular at a time but will die the slow death eventually, hopefully next year once Simon is gone.

  350. Genjiro—-No one is getting on Kat’s case–she doesn’t have a case, just a seemingly really bad attitude. Anyone has a right to their opinion, but they don’t have a right to call people stupid, uneducated, sexually deviated, etc. as Kat does when they don’t agree with her. She wants everyone to totally agree with her and her only. That’s just not possible. I respect your opinion, but I simply do not agree with it, but I don’t consider you stupid and uneducated, just human. And I simply don’t care at all if you don’t agree with me. I like Ellen for the person she is, you don’t like Ellen—so be it. And please allow Kat to defend herself.

  351. Ellen has turned out to be a pleasure on AI–very refereshing, sweetly humorous, and a good judge. But what’s with Kara?— flirting with Simon, being overly critical of the contestants—what’s this all about?

  352. Sandra …… I can clearly see what type of person you are, an uneducated person of who has no sense of the arts or of music. Otherwise you wouldn’t be saying that ED is a good judge , you are clueless about what constitutes a worthy judge for AI, and that is more than abundantly shown by your strange comments. I don’t have to defend myself, I can easily comprehend what makes a good judge and what doesn’t, it’s too bad you cannot. ED is a moron, all she does is follow what Randy says, why do you think that she never goes first anymore ??!! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out !!

    Genjiro …… thank you for your comments !! You are a man of wisdom.

  353. I agree with you Sandra. I enjoy Ellen as a judge. I guess that makes me uneducated as well *roll eyes* 🙂

    If Kat represents the educated, we are all in trouble.

  354. Tami ……… looks like you join the ranks of not being qualified to know the difference between a good judge and an idiot. And what’s with the “rolling the eyes” garbage; that is really soooooo adult … but then it again it goes hand in hand ..

  355. TAMI:

    IF YOU LIKE ELLEN AND YOU ENJOY YOURSELF WITH HER, IT’S OK AND IT’S NOT ANY PROBLEM, JUST TRY TO GET A DATE WITH HER.

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT SHE IS NOT A JUDGE FOR THAT TYPE OF EVENTS. SHE DOES NOT BELONGS TO THE SHOW. SHE IS OUT OF HER ENVIROMENT.

    IT IS SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE THAT SOME OF YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND, AND I DON’T KNOW WHY.

  356. Hi Tami, Ellen HAS been great hasn’t she? Having little music background hasn’t thwarted her ability to be helpful to the AI kids. I’m just glad Ellen has done so well because she seems to be such a very sincere, nice person. To me, she’s basically one of the best judges AI has ever had. Disregard and ignore rude, insulting people on this message board *roll eyes*—poor things must be miserable…but then again it goes hand in hand…

  357. Danilo ….. you said it perfectly ! Tami and Sandra are typical people who are clueless about what makes a judge worthwhile. BTW the “rolling of the eyes” comment was not done by me, I was merely commenting on how moronic it was , child like really ….. also a very poor judge of character …. I do think that perhaps you would like to date ED …

  358. Danilo ……. Not you !! That comment was directed at Tami and Sandra G …… I actually love your comments …. ha ha ha !

  359. HURRAY FOR ELLEN !!!! SHE IS THE BEST JUDGE EVER!!!! WHO’S FLAUNTING THEIR SEXUAL PREFERENCE AND SEXUALITY ON A FAMILY SHOW?—KARA AND SIMON THAT’S WHO!!!!
    MORE JUDGES AS NICE AND WITH A COMIC RELIEF LIKE ELLEN ARE NEEDED——-

  360. Anthony:

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE CIRCUS IS IN SOME OTHER PLACE, NO HERE IN AMERICAN IDOL. SORRY, BUT THIS IS THE TRUTH !!!!!

    THE CLOWNS SHOULD BE IN THE CIRCUS.

  361. Hey Danilo, Glad you agree that Kara and Simon should actually be in a circus as clowns—good call.

  362. Anthony

    I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ANYBODY MORE HAS DOUBTS OF WHAT I SAID.

    EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO IS THE CLOWN AND WHAT IS MORE, IT IS NOT EVEN NECESSARY TO SAY THE NAME.

    DO NOT PLAY THAT GAME. IS A BAD ONE.

  363. Danilo …….. if they don’t know who the clown is, they are just as moronic as I assumed they are in the first place. ED is an idiot, and not even funny, just shows her stupidity more and more each week.

    Anthony ….. you are as bad as your buddies Tami and Sandra.

    Phyllis ….. your name says it all … you are strange …

    Look, ED is not being judged on her gayness, she is just a very poor judge and doesn’t belong on American Idol, any idiot can see that.

    No more to be said about the matter; and if you look at the facts, 99% of people think the same way.

  364. Kat says that Ellen does not belong on AI and she also says, and I quote from Kat, “any idiot can see that”—point taken—if a person is NOT an idiot they cannot see Kat’s point. Thanks Kat!

  365. Kat, Where do you get your facts of 99% of people agreeing with you?

    Danilo, I think the “clown” might be named “Danilo.”

  366. SANDRA G…….I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING.
    99%…….SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY OFF AND I THINK ITS “KAT”

  367. Well, if you had your wits around you, then you too would be able to figure out that 99% of people who have commented do not like ED.

    I was saying that “even an idiot” can see that ED is not suitable . I’m guessing you two, Anothony and Phyllis must be beyong the “idiot” stage if you were unable to comprehend what I meant ….

    Danilo is a smart man.

  368. Oooooops, forgot to include Sandra G in my last comment … if the shoe fits and it does.

    Enough of this useless bickering. Get your facts straight before making any further comments.

    Anyone, even an idiot (so I make it clean to those that cannot comprehend) can figure out why I said 99% of people think my way….

  369. ANTHONY

    DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA ABOUT WHAT MEANS TO SAY WHAT YOU HAVE SAID?

    TO BELIEVE YOURSELF THE ONLY INTELLIGENT BETWEEN MANY PEOPLE IS A CLEAR SYMPTOM OF WHAT YOU REALLY ARE, WHICH I AM NOT GOING TO SPECIFY, SINCE EVERYONE CAN SEE IT VERY CLEARLY.

    AND YES, YOU ARE UNIQUE, OR ALMOST.

    THIS IS MY LAST COMMENT FOR THE “INTELLIGENT”

    HAVE TO GOOD DAY

  370. Anthony and Phyllis, I believe it is totally unfair to debate with people of obvious lesser ingelligence who also lack any sense of humor.
    I think I’ll let them rest—for awhile anyway. I continue to support Ellen as judge.

  371. SANDRA G & ANTHONY…I’M WITH YOU TOO….I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ELLEN…..

  372. I believe a judge should have experience and meet certain qualifications to judge any event. Ms. Degeneres is not qualified for this position.

  373. Connie …… that is what I have been saying all along ! However, there are some people that cannot comprehend that, obviously be the previous messages.

  374. If Ellen is not qualified to judge, then neither are all the millions of people who vote each week. And these many, many unqualified people choose the AI each year, not the judges. Last year was the first time I have actually seen the choice as unfair to the winner’s ability and talent. Ellen is fun and judges by what she hears and likes as all of us who listen to any music do. Ellen is the best judge on the panel. She doesn’t give all those very confusing directives and suggestions the others give which confuse those kids far too much.
    Tami, I’m with you gal!

  375. Hi Sandra G!!! Nice to hear from you again. I fully agree with you on all points.
    And Tami, glad to have you aboard!

    GO ELLEN!!!!!!!!

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  377. I watch Ellen’s show every day ,and love it what a gorgeous person she is,and I have to say Randy Cara Simon and Ellen have made a great team,I can’t say I didnt like Paula Abdul,because I know nothing about her she just didn’t appeal to me just didnt connect,but what do I know,Ellen seems to me to be a truly beautiful person.

  378. Ellen certainly does come off as being a very sensitive, caring person. She has done quite well this season. She, for one important point, did not confuse and irritate the contestants.

  379. Of course Ellen couldn't and didn't "irritate" the contestants !! She hasn't got a clue on how to judge this contest and should not be on as a judge of this show. Saying really much of anything makes her look more idiotic than she already is. Her show is also without a doubt absolutely moronic !!!

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