Ellen DeGeneres Becomes "American Idol" Judge

Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards in LA, Aug. 30, 2009 (AP Photo, Matt Sayles)RedTracker| American Idol has a new judge: Ellen DeGeneres will replace Paul Abdul, ending all speculation that she will return. From her cosmetic ads for Cover Girl to now judging “American Idol”, DeGenerous is spreading her wings as a modulator of American culture.

Degeneres signed a five-year-deal for “American Idol” and extended her contract to host her current talk show through 2014.

While Ellen DeGeneres has no formal music training, she does represent “the people’s view”.

Associated press reports that “American idol” fans are divided over the talk-show host, because of her lack of music-industry credentials.