Ellen DeGeneres reveals Idol changes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 June 2010
Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

'American Idol' judge Ellen DeGeneres admits she expects the reality show to change quite a lot now it is no longer ''Simon's show''

Ellen DeGeneres thinks 'American Idol' will change now it's no longer "Simon's show".

The chat show host - who has just finished her first series as a judge on the talent show, sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi - expects things to be completely different next series now the music mogul has left.

She said: "It's always been Simon's show. There's a whole dynamic there. You want to be respectful, and it was his last year, and so a lot was going on that needed to happen. I think next year will be a different year.

"No one can replace Simon, just like I wasn't replacing Paula Adbul."

The ninth series ended last month, with Simon recording his last show before he launches 'The X Factor' in America during the finale won by Lee DeWyze on May 26.

Ellen believes the 24-year-old singer/songwriter beat runner-up Crystal Bowersox because he "showed his heart" more than her.

She added to USA Today: "It's not just a singing competition. It's personality, charisma. I think Lee won because he was able to reach a lot more people, because he showed his heart a little bit more.

"I'm hoping to find more unique people who never would have maybe been given a chance to be on the show. I like the fact that Crystal was on the show this year and wouldn't have necessarily been on before. I want to find more dynamic people and more interesting people."

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