Ellen DeGeneres to Join American Idol Judging Panel
By: Brian Scott Lipton ∑ Sep 9, 2009 ∑ New York
Emmy Award winner Ellen DeGeneres will join FOX's American Idol as a judge when the show returns to the air in January, replacing Paula Abdul. DeGeneres will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DiGuardi.
As previously reported, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, and Mary J. Blige are among the stars who acted as guest judges during the show's audition process this season.
DeGeneres currently hosts her own syndicated talk show and starred on the hit sitcom Ellen.
American Idol has featured such stage talents as Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Frenchie Davis, Diana DeGarmo, Adam Lambert, Syesha Mercato, and Ruben Studdard.http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/news/09-2009/ellen-degeneres-to-join-american-idol-judging-pane_21134.html