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Ellen is new American Idol judge

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Ellen DeGeneres will replace Paula Abdul as the new American Idol judge. The talk show host made the announcement on her TV show.

She will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the ninth season of the show.

DeGeneres, who will not be giving up her chat show, said that she had been "dying to tell everyone" the news.

Pictures courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show/Telepictures

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