New season, new judge, new twist on American Idol Season 9

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TV’s No.1 show returns for a ninth record-breaking season! Be among the first to find out who has what it takes to be the next pop sensation when American Idol premieres on Wed, 13 Jan at 6pm .

This year sees big changes to the judge’s line up. Stepping in to replace original judge Paula Abdul is comedienne Ellen DeGeneres . The ever-funny, Emmy-winning talk show host joins the judging panel, sitting alongside returning judges Kara DoiGuardi , Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson .

No stranger to the entertainment business, DeGeneres will offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition. “I'm thrilled to be the new judge on American Idol”, explains DeGeneres. “I've watched since the beginning, and I've always been a huge fan.”

Creator and executive producer, Simon Fuller , is equally thrilled. "I could not be more excited to have Ellen join the American Idol family. Ellen has been a fan of the show for many years, and her love of music and understanding of the American public will bring a unique human touch to our judging panel.”

Last year, the humble singer-songwriter Kris Allen beat out glam rocker Adam Lambert to be crowned the Idol ’ winner. Who will take home the coveted title this year? Don’t miss the all-new season of warblers and wannabes when American Idol returns to STAR WORLD on Wed, 13 Jan at 6pm .

Premieres Wed, 13 Jan & Thu, 14 Jan @ 6pm (Jan 12 and 13 @ 8/7 USA Time - Fox)

American Idol Season 9 is presented by Greenwich, Philippines’ favorite Pizza chain.

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