Ellen DeGeneres to Judge American Idol

In a surprise announcement, Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will step into the seat left vacated by Paula Abdul on American Idol. 

DeGeneres will join returning Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi as one of the judges in the upcoming ninth season beginning in January 2010. “I could not be more excited to have Ellen join the American Idol family,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller.
“Ellen has been a fan of the show for many years, and her love of music and understanding of the American public will bring a unique human touch to our judging panel.”
 
Human touch aside, is Ellen really qualified to be judging young singer hopefuls?