Ellen Degeneres' American Idol Debut, Why The Fuss?
For American Idol fans, the much anticipated Hollywood week has begun. It was long-awaited not just for the contestants, but for the debut of the newest Idol panel judge Ellen Degeneres. The reviews have been glowing, filled with praise and warm fuzzies for Ellen's first day as judge.
Okay, she was funny, provided some comic relief, gave her opinions good and bad, and, well, so what? Don't get me wrong, I like Ellen, she's entertaining, a bit silly, sometimes sarcastic — and that's why her talk show is a hit. What she isn't however, is an expert on music. She has an opinion to offer of what she likes or dislikes, just like the rest of us.
Viewers watch AI first to see the contestants in all their glory or gory as the case may be, but they also want to hear the critiques of judges who are experts and experienced in the music industry. The long and short of it is, I don't find any intrinsic value in having Ellen as a panel judge. If this is the direction AI is going in, who in the name of hell are they going to replace Simon with in 2011?
As idiotic as the rumor is, why not replace Simon with Howard Stern? He is a ginormous ass, with loud-mouthed opinions and absolutely no background in the music industry. He'd fit in perfectly.
Regardless, from my perspective the direction the judging panel is going in hurts the credibility of the show, and that credibility is a big part of what brought American Idol to where it is now.