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Chris Isaak to Take Simon Cowell's Seat on American Idol?

Now that Simon Cowell has announced he’s hightailing it out of American Idol this year, there has been an awful lot of speculation as to who will be taking his place. There was word that Poison frontman, Bret Michaels was being courted, but that is said to have ended. So who can take the place of Simon? Would you believe Chris Isaak?

The network is determined to land a widely known music industry figure for the post, and THR has learned that singer Chris Isaak has met twice with the network.[THR]

Another name in the running? Harry Conick, Jr.!

I just don’t see either of these two being cruel enough to the people on the show. I mean, they make good mentors, but I don’t know if they can be brutally honest.

I may have to start watching American Idol if either of these two men make it.

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Ellen DeGeneres is The New American Idol Judge

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With Paula Abdul not returning for the newest season of American Idol there has been a bit of a scramble to find a replacement. There have been special guest judges though with Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, and rumor of the Jonas Brothers. I like that idea best. They did hire that other judge (no one really cares who she is) last season, who tore off her dress at the season finale, so why they need a 4th full time judge is beyond me.

Anyways, a new full time judge has been chosen and no it’s not your cousin who sends her text message every 10 seconds. Ellen DeGeneres has taken up the mantel of AI Judge!

“I’m thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol,” DeGeneres says. “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.”

Ummm… I know Ellen dances on her TV show, and she’s been a stand up comedian for decades, but she’s not a singer. Does that matter? I mean, at least Paula Abdul had been a singer. With hit albums I might add.

Do you like the idea of Ellen joining Simon, Randy, and whats-her-name? Does it matter that she’s not a singer? Or do you like the fan aspect of Ellen?

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Katy Perry to Guest Judge American Idol

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She performed last season, and now Katy Perry will be guest judging the contestants on Season 9 of American Idol.  Katy will be filling the chair, as well as Victoria Beckham, until there is a full time replacement for Paula Abdul.  Paula announced that she would not be returning to season 9 via her twitter page.

Even though both Katy and Posh will be filling the seat, Fox chairman of entertainment Peter Rice said that they were not “necessarily being considered for a permanent judging role”.

Are you excited about the new season of Idol?   What about Katy Perry Filling in?

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