As much as I think Ellen is not qualified to be a judge on Idol, I don’t think she’ll be a bad one. In fact, I think she’ll be the voice for America (as inexperienced in music as she is).
She went on to defend herself on her talk (that’s airing later today). She said, “Apparently, there’s a lot of debate going on right now, whether I’m qualified or not to be the new judge on ‘American Idol’… I’ll tell you right now, how I know I’m going to be a great judge — because I’ve spent my whole life being judged. So, I know what it’s like. So, I will be kind. I will be compassionate. I will be empathetic, and I will be truthful. I will be an honest judge without being mean. I’m very excited to be on the show. I will tell you that right now. I just continue to be excited every single day. I knew people would have opinions, and I did not want to know what they were because why should I take that stuff in? I try not to watch anything that I think is going to be talking about me….”
At the end of the day, no matter who the new judge is they’re going to be under fire–so I think Ellen will do just fine. She won’t be knowledgeable in music, but at least she’ll be likable-ish.