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Will Ellen Be As "Nice" As Paula?

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If watching Fox’s American Idol is one of your guilty pleasures then you are probably gearing up for the new season which begins January 12th.  With Paula Abdul being replaced by talk show host Ellen Degeres, fans are not sure what to expect from the new season.  Abdul was sometimes criticized for being too nice to contestants and always saying something positive even if a performance was an obvious flop.  Will DeGeneres follow in her footsteps by being the nurturing one? 

DeGeneres recently did an interview with the Wall Street Journal where she talked about her upcoming role as one of four judges on American Idol.  When asked if she will be as kind to contestants as Abdul was she responds that she will be honest.  DeGeneres says she can relate to how vulnerable contestants can feel after doing stand-up for years.  She says, "When you’re in a band, you’ve got the guitar player you can turn to but when you’re by yourself on stage I know what that feels like and I know it doesn’t feel good, especially with millions of people watching.  But I’ll be honest.  I don’t think it helps anybody to be encouraged and not told the truth."

As fans of the show know, there was always tension between judge Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul for the mere fact that he is known as "the mean one" and she as "the nice one".  DeGeneres talks about whether she thinks she and Cowell will clash while working together on the show.  She says that although she knows and respects him, she thinks there will be disagreements on the set.  DeGeneres says, "At the same time I think he’s mean and I think he says things in an insensitive way and I don’t think that’s a way to get a point across.  I’ve called him on it to his face.  I’ll do the same thing to him (on ’Idol’)".

Will you be watching American Idol this season?

Do you expect Ellen DeGeneres to be as easy on the contestants as Paula Abdul was?

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  • applejax987 By applejax987

    i love Ellen! I can't wait to see what she brings to the show!!

  • horsnround By horsnround

    With the addition of Ellen, what is not to like -as she brings intelligence and wit.

  • cybrown551 By cybrown551

    Yes, that is one of my favorite shows. Not sure if Ellen would be as nice a Paula but we will see. I hear that Simon will be leaving soon too. I hope the show would be as good as it was with Paula.

  • CrystalBurgard By CrystalBurgard

    I think Paula was drunk or on drugs most of the time and her commentary started to become pretty repetative and canned ( and slurred ) plus she and Simon cant manage to keep their hands off of each other for an hours show, so Im glad she's gone. At first I was skeptical about Ellen, but she can be funny and quick witted and I think she will liven things up for the better

  • SiLvEr-StArS By SiLvEr-StArS

    O please Yes she will be nice and try to be funny with teh dry jokes. LOL

  • MommyJenna By MommyJenna

    It's going to be interesting. Both have very unique personalities and I honestly wonder how Ellen will respond.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly

    I find them both annoying.

  • curlysue By curlysue

    I Havent watched American Idol since season 1 of the show. But now that Ellen is going to be on it i think i will be watching it more often. I love Ellen she is going to be awesome!!!

  • jemappel By jemappel

    Ellen was super nice to the dancers as guest host on So You Think You Can Dance. I think she'll be the same on Idol.

  • tina30219 By tina30219

    I have to agree that show is going to go down hill with her being on there.

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