Ellen: 'Idol is Ready for First Blonde'

Dancing TV queen Ellen DeGeneres has had mixed responses to the news that she'll be joining Simon, Kara and Randy at the American Idol judges' table. Some are happy that there'll be some comic relief among the seriousness of the other judges, while others say she doesn't have the credentials to merit the job. Some have even alluded to her sexual preference in their criticisms.

Today, Ellen took it upon herself to address the critics.

"I'll tell you right now how I know I'm going to be a great judge," DeGeneres said on Tuesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I've spent my whole life being judged. So I know what it's like."

She went on to coyly allude to the pseudo-milestone that will be marked by her being appointed to the prominent Idol position.

"We have the first African-American President. We've sworn in our first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice," Ellen said, referring to the minority glass-ceilings that have been broken this year. "I think American Idol is ready for their first blonde judge. I do."

As for why she took some time to respond to those who aren't too pleased to see an openly gay woman's name in the same sentence as the other Idol judges, Ellen joked that she never pays attention to bad press.

"I did not want to know what they were because, why should I take that stuff in? I try not to read anything," Ellen said. "I don't even read the back of a cereal box."

The talk-show host and comedian will fill the spot vacated by Paula Abdul. Paula's response to Ellen's appointment came in the form of a sketch on last week's VH1 Divas, wherein Paula donned a blonde wig and Ellen's signature look of a pantsuit paired with sneakers.

The ninth season of American Idol will debut next January.

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