So, going on the fact that the report is true and that Ellen DeGeneres will not be back as a judge on American Idol for Season 10 … is it a big deal?
No, not really.
Ellen never really gave us the feeling that she was entirely comfortable in the role.
Her comments were often brief and rather cliche. Funny? Occasionally, more often than not, Ellen being Ellen just didn’t work with a contestant who was about to sob his/her way into Idol oblivion.
Ellen joined the show billed as “every woman.” She was going to be a judge with little musical background, but a love of music and someone who, just like you and me, was sitting on the couch either loving the singers or not. She wasn’t going to go into “pitchy mode.” She was just going to be real and funny.
Well, she never accomplished either. She had about as many funny lines as Randy Jackson
and as for being real, she hid that most of the time, almost afraid to be Simon-like (although you just knew that there were times she was cringing). Maybe she is just too nice of a person.
So, where does Idol go now with that judging panel? Do they replace Simon with either Chris Issak or Harry Connick, Jr. as some have speculated?
Do they replace all four of the judges?
Now the word is that Jennifer Lopez will replace Ellen. Stand-by.
The show is going somewhere. We just don’t know where.