Those of you holding out for Paula Abdul to return to American Idol this season can stop holding your breath: Ellen DeGeneres is taking Paula's spot as the fourth judge!
Fox confirmed the news this afternoon in a press release, with Ellen saying:
I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text in my vote.
Ellen tweeted her excitement, and I'm excited, too, as this solves the mystery of who will be the fourth judge since Paula confirmed she was leaving Idol early last month over contract negotiations.
Ellen had a memorable run as a guest on this past season of So You Think You Can Dance, so I'm looking forward to her as a judge. (It's rumored to be a five-year deal.)
What do you think of the announcement of Ellen as AI's new judge?