DeGeneres Becomes Fourth “Idol” Judge

Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has joined “American Idol” as a fourth judge, replacing the outgoing Paula Abdul.

DeGeneres will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi and offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition.

DeGeneres will join the judges’ panel after the auditions, which will feature appearances by guest judges Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Shania Twain.

The ninth season of “American Idol” premieres January 2010 on Fox.