The best thing to hit American Idol in a long time is about to happen tonight – Ellen DeGeneres makes her appearance as a judge, replacing Paula Abdul.

I have no doubt that Ellen will bring about a fresh air of humor, sarcasm, and wit to the show. I wonder how she will deal with Simon as he, undoubtedly, will try to be as obnoxious as possible with this being his rumored final season behind the judges table.

Prior to tonight’s appearance, Ellen sat down with CBS News anchor, Katie Couric to talk about her new venture.

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