DeGeneres Talks About Judging in the Upcoming 9th Season of American Idol

TV show host Ellen DeGeneres (pictured with season 8 winner Kris Allen) is gearing up for her new role as an American Idol judge. She already started by judging Simon Cowell.degeneres-allen-american-idol

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the host said that she and Simon like each other and accept one another. However, she believes that he does things in an insensitive way – something she thinks is not the way to get a point across.

With regards to her predecessor Paula Abdul, she said that she doesn’t think she can be as nurturing as she is. She believes that Paula can always find a positive thing to say instead of attacking.   “I’ll probably try to be somewhat encouraging. … But I’ll be honest. I don’t think it helps anybody to be encouraged and not told the truth.”

Watch her interaction with the contestants, Simon Cowell, and the other judges, Randy Jackson and Kara Dioguardi as the ninth season of American Idol begins January 12.