Have you heard the news? If you are an American Idol fan, yes I am, then you remember hearing Paula Abdul will not be coming back for the new season. They would only offer $8 million instead of the $10 million she wanted or some such nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I loved Paula, especially this past season but come on! Anyway no need to fret about it because Ellen Degeneres has joined the panel of judges! Ellen! Who doesn't love her? She is totally one of my favorites and I can't wait for the new season of Idol. I think she will be a great addition. Who better to difuse Simon? I believe she will completely upstage the annoying one...what is her name? Ellen is a very nice person so I'm sure she'll provide that same kindness that Paul did, which I think was vital to the show. She can certainly have lots of fun playing off of snarling Simon. Of course, Randy is everyone's teddy bear anyway. Great panel of judges for a great show.