10 September 2009

Simon welcomes Cousin Oliver to "Idol"

Well, nearly overlooked in last night's health care hub-bub, apparently the folks at Fox have settled on a successor to Paula Abdul. Comedienne Ellen Degeneres will fill out the American Idol judging panel, along with Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi.

Hey, I guess it's still the top-rated show on TV, and I know it was just a fig leaf of credibility, but up until now all the judges had some sort of background in the music industry. Even Paula.

I'm sure she'll be funny. So is Dennis Miller, but he just didn't fit in on Monday Night Football.

And really, haven't we seen this kind of thing before in a hit show's waning years?

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