Just chanced across this article, which says that Ellen DeGeneres is reported to be the new third judge on American Idol.
I'm pretty shocked. Ellen filled in as an extra judge on So You Think You Can Dance, and while she was amusing, I didn't think she added that much. She seemed intent on her punchlines, which weren't that constructive. On the other hand, she stood up, and passionately, for fan fave Evan Kasprzak when the other judges went a little personal in their criticism.
But say what you will about Paula Abdul's musical career and wackiness at the Idol judges' table, she seemed to give the most applicable, helpful comments -- and she was the only one on the show who had made a living singing.
Ellen's funny, but will she be able to tell people if their pitch is off or their enunciation didn't work or whatever? She can probably handle the rest of it, but it's just ... weird.
What do you think?
Update: People.com has more.