There we were thinking Victoria Beckham was all set to be the next judge on American Idol when, in fact, Ellen DeGeneres is set to step into Paula Abdul’s shoes.
The chat show host begins her stint after the audition rounds, which have featured a rotating group of celebrity guest judges including Shania Twain, Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige.
Fox television told People: ‘DeGeneres will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi and offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition.’
DeGeneres said she was ‘so excited’ about the move, adding: ‘I'm going to have a day job and a night job.’
That means no more VB style spotting – but perhaps she could lend one of her increasingly famous dresses to DeGeneres?
Or maybe not…
By Ruth Doherty