Many critics disparage American Idol for not being an actual singing competition.
The latest show news isn't bound to change their point of view: the series has tapped Ellen DeGeneres to replace Paula Abdul as the permanent fourth judge.
Over the first round of auditions, singers such as Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige have served as guest judges alongside Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. But they're keeping a seat warm for Ellen when Idol moves to Hollywood.
Simon Fuller, the creator and executive producer of American Idol, applauded his choice of Ellen:
"I could not be more excited to have Ellen join the American Idol family. Ellen has been a fan of the show for many years, and her love of music and understanding of the American public will bring a unique human touch to our judging panel. I can't wait for this next season to begin."
DeGeneres, who will continue to host her talk show, echoed that sentiment. Distancing herself from any sort of singing expertise, she said:
"I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan... Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you. I sit at home and I watch it. I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person."
Paula Abdul could not come to a contract agreement with the show, bidding it farewell in August. Think Ellen is a good choice for her replacement?