In case you haven't already heard, it was announced yesterday that the lovely and talented Ellen Degeneres will be replacing Paula Abdul on American in the coming season. What wonderful news! I love Ellen so much; they couldn't have picked a better person for the job.
Critics of the decision look to Ellen's lack of musical experience, saying that the role should be filled by a musician or someone with strong musical background. They think that Ellen was brought on as a comedic role, and I don't disagree with them.
Of course she was brought on as a comedic role; Ellen is comedic person. She makes everything funny and laughable and enjoyable for audience members. While she may not have musical experience under her belt, she can view each contestant from one of the most important perspectives of all; an audience member. She's been watching Idol since it first aired in '02 from the tube in her room, so she's developed just as good of an opinion on she'd want to buy on iTunes as any other person could.
Good choice in my opinion. Go Ellen...and now, go Idol!