CNN and other mainstream media outlets are reporting that the talk show host and comedian will join American Idol’s judging panel when the new season starts in January.

This seems like a brilliant tactical move.

While no one will ever confuse Ellen DeGeneres with Paula Abdul.  The latter was the vocalist on multiple top 10 hits while Elllen has been on two hit television shows, including years of experience with a live audience.

Idol seems to have found someone who won’t shrink from Simon Cowell.  Now the question is if she understands music.