Put down those camcorders, kids. FOX has found their fourth judge to replace Paula Abdul. Sounds about right… Female, friendly, famous. I never stood a chance…. (sigh).

“I’m thrilled to be the new judge on AMERICAN IDOL,” said DeGeneres. ”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 in my vote.”

The new season hits the tube January 2010.