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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ellen replaces Paula on "Idol"... ummm... what?

I might have been less surprised had the producers of that all-too-popular juggernaut "American Idol" announced that Whitney Houston would replace Paula Abdul as the fourth judge on its panel. After all, they'd be replacing one drugged-out ex-musician with another. No big deal.

But, Ellen DeGeneres? That's a move that even stops me in my tracks -- and as readers of Channel Surfing know -- this blog is not a fan of "Idol."

It's true. The comedian-talk show host will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi after the auditions. Granted, you could have replaced Paula with a chimpanzee and gotten more intelligent assessments, but are "Idol" producers trying to make fun of themselves by inviting Ellen to join them? As a fan of Ellen's work, I'm truly puzzled. An "Idol" fan, she may be, but nothing else in her resume qualifies her -- except perhaps her work as spazzy Dory on "Finding Nemo" -- to judge this show. I guess, "Idol" has finally succumbed to its fate as a pathetic excuse for a talent competition with this move.

And, oddly enough, that's making me more curious to watch it. Now, "Idol" fans -- I'm sure many of you read this here blog -- weigh in. Do you feel insulted or excited by this move?

--Malavika Jagannathan, mjaganna@greenbaypressgazette.com

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She did do a guest judge stint on one episode of So You THink You Can Dance, and though she didn't have any expertise, she was really funny. But I think of SYTYCD as a show that needs a judge with actual knowledge of dancing--on American Idol pretty much anyone can tell who sucks, who's annoying, and who's good. Right? But I bet the SYTYCD thing was a test run.

By Blogger Eileen, At September 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM  

I suppose you don't have to have too much expertise to judge "American Idol," but if the show is going to seriously bill itself as the premiere music talent show, it might be worth getting someone who actually knows music. It's just one more reason the show can't be taken seriously. I like Ellen -- and, frankly, her presence on the show might actually convince me to watch because at least she'll be funny!

--Malavika

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At September 10, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

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