Tim Urban

'American Idol': Ellen DeGeneres makes her debut


It's Hollywood Week on American Idol, and a few things are happening. First, the 181 finalists will be trimmed down to 12 guys and 12 girls. Second, new judge Ellen DeGeneres is finally making her debut.

In the Kodak Theater, the contestants cheer Ellen when she hits the stage to talk to them. She tells them that she knows what it's like to get on stage try to please an audience full of people.

Round 1, the contestants come out in groups of eight and sing individually, either a capella or with instruments. It's sudden death, so they're either in or out after a few bars.

Katie Stevens (with the grandma with Alzheimer's) sings "For...