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ELLEN? REALLY? FUNNY, HER TALENT IS OUTSIDE MUSIC

Is Ellen DeGeneres really the best pick for American Idol's fourth judge? Sure, she's more popular, famous and funny than Paula Abdul. But Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans still thinks it's an odd fit. "She doesn't have anything to do with the music industry," Eric writes in his Feed blog. "Does interviewing pop stars on daytime television make you a valid judge of who can become the next one?" We know. You're just glad the search is over. "But if American Idol wants to start picking actual idols again - instead of watching fourth-place contestants like Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson blaze brighter careers than the people who actually win their contest - then producers better hope DeGeneres' layman's touch translates into better winners," Eric concludes. What do you think? Sound off at blogs.tampabay.com/media.

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