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First Ellen DeGeneres Idol Pictures Released

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Fox has released the first photos of an Idol-fied Ellen DeGeneres, and she looks like she couldn't be happier about her new gig.

Fox ordering three more seasons of Idol

In the group shot, the 51-year-old daytime talk host, who will fill the chair of departed American Idol judge Paula Abdul, strikes a pose ... read more

American Idol's Jason Castro Ties the Knot

Jason Castro

Sorry, ladies: Your favorite dreadlocked American Idol alum is now a married man.

Fox announces Idol schedule

Jason Castro, who finished fourth during Season 7 of Idol, wed girlfriend Mandy Mayhall in his hometown near Dallas, People reports.

The 22-year-old, blue-eyed musician let loose during a bachelor party complete with ... read more

Fox Announces Idol Schedule

Ryan Seacrest

Are you ready for the post-Paula American Idol?

Simon Cowell will leave American Idol, his brother says

Fox announced that the ninth season, slated to begin Jan. 12 with a two-night premiere, will begin with auditions in Boston and Atlanta. Filling Abdul's chair during the auditions across the country are guest judges including ... read more

Kara DioGuardi Wants to Hang with Ellen Before Idol Returns

Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres

American Idol comes back in January, and judge Kara DioGuardi says there is some important prep work necessary before Season 9 starts: bonding time!

DioGuardi said she plans on spending some quality time with... read more

"Idol Gives Back" Returns for New Season

Ryan Seacrest

American Idol will return to its philanthropic ways by reprising "Idol Gives Back" during the upcoming season. 

The Emmy-winning event, which will air during the April 21 results show, will benefit charities including ... read more

DeGeneres on Idol: I'll Be a Good Judge Because I've Always Been Judged

Ellen Degeneres

American Idol contestants don't have to worry about Ellen DeGeneres being fair, she says.

"I'm going to be a great judge because I've spent my whole life being judged," DeGeneres says on an episode of her talk show scheduled to air Tuesday. "So I know what it's like."

Paula Abdul wishes Ellen DeGeneres "The best of luck!"

When DeGeneres took on the open spot vacated by Paula Abdul, she knew... read more

Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi Glad to Have "Mad Cool" Ellen on Idol

Ellen DeGeneres

American Idol's Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi are both excited to welcome Ellen DeGeneres to the judges' table this season.

Check out photos of the Idol judges

"We're all friends with Ellen, and Ryan [Seacrest] and I are pretty close with her. She's just mad cool," Jackson told People. Jackson also said the talk show host/funnywoman is right to suggest that she will be the ... read more

Paula Abdul Wishes Ellen DeGeneres "The Best of Luck!"

Paula Abdul

Twenty-four hours after Ellen DeGeneres announced that she'd be filling in the fourth judging spot on American Idol, Paula Abdul commended the talk show host her favorite way: on Twitter.

Abdul originally used Twitter to announce her exit from Idol this summer. "I think Ellen will b a gr8 judge on Idol," Abdul wrote... read more

DeGeneres on Idol: "I Don't Want Anybody to Think That I Took Paula's Job Away"

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres hit Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show on KIIS-FM Thursday to clear the air on her impending replacement of ousted American Idol judge Paula Abdul. "I hope Paula is OK with it," DeGeneres told Seacrest. "I don't want anybody to think that I took Paula's job away."

DeGeneres announces her new American Idol gig on her talk show

Abdul doesn't seem to be worried about unemployment though. She... read more

Poll: Fans Split About DeGeneres on American Idol; 13 Percent Still Want Abdul Back

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres wants to provide the "people's point of view" on American Idol, but the people are split about her addition to the show, according to a TVGuide.com poll: Voters were almost evenly divided over whether she'll be a good judge.

Despite a permanent new judge in place, 13 percent of voters still want Paula Abdul to reclaim her Idol chair. The remaining votes were split at about 44 percent each between those who do and don't think DeGeneres will be a good addition.

News: Ellen DeGeneres joins American Idol as fourth judge

Abdul has moved on to other gigs, including guest-starring on Drop Dead Diva and hosting VH1 Divas. She is also mulling a Las Vegas revue show.

"Wow all went ...
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