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Ellen Degeneres is the new "American Idol" judge

FOX has announced a replacement for departed “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul: ELLEN DEGENERES! I could not be happier, I love Ellen. My only concern is that she’ll be TOO funny all the time and not know when to be serious.

Ellen had this to say, “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.”

Degeneres has previous judging experience, as she was a guest-judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” this past summer. I enjoyed her those two nights, particularly because Mia Michaels was also on the panel.

I don’t know how she’ll be, but I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt. I’m very excited that Ellen is taking over as an “American Idol” judge.