I wonder how this will change the "culture" of the show, having an out Lesbian judge. Hopefully, American Idol's heterosexist machinery of fame can get an adjustment, and become a bit more homo-friendly!
For me, Paula had heart. A messy, soppy mess of a big heart, and she CARED. She cared so much about the contestants, sometimes she had trouble expressing herself. But Paula gave the show it's caring angle.
Paula was the one performer on the judges panel.
Ellen, while she's not a singer, certainly knows about performance. And she's FUNNY! Here's her quote about being chosen as the new permanent judge for this season:
"I'm thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol. 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 my vote."
But, will Ellen be the HEART of the show? People do love her on her talk show, and on her series before that, but will America take her into their hearts - Big Gay Out Ellen - on the biggest show on television? I sure hope so!
What do you think? Will Ellen make "American Idol" better?
ps: Don't feel too bad for Paula. She's moving on...