Ellen DeGeneres

Simon: The pretty factor

This is something I don't usually do -- taking a story that I send to papers and also putting it on my blog. Still, I make an exception for "American Idol" (a bloggy subject) and especially for this story, in which Simon Cowell has some interesting thoughts about his eventual replacement. Here we go:

Ellen is the new Paula (really)

The news arrived tonight, catching everyone -- well, me, anyway -- by surprise: The fourth judge on this season's "American Idol," replacing Paula Abdul, will be Ellen DeGeneres.

Yes,  Ellen. The show will still have guest judges during auditions. That list includes Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and Shania Twain, plus one-third of the Jonas Brothers (Joe) and one-fourth of the Spice Girls (Victoria Beckham). Once the auditions are done, however, DeGeneres will officially be the fourth judge.