Ellen Degeneres Shares thoughts on Simon Cowell, Previews Boston Auditioners - VIDEO

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Happy Idol day everyone!

American Idol Season 9 premiers tonight, with a 2 hour premier featuring the Boston Auditions and guest judge Victoria Beckham.   Tomorrow night, it’s the Atlanta auditions, featuring Mary J. Blige.   Check out the full schedule HERE.

Ellen Degeneres broke Simon Cowell’s big news to the studio audience of her talk show yesterday afternoon.   “I’m going to have to be the mean one now, ” she told them.

Ellen also previewed a couple of auditions from tonight’s show.

By the way, that first gal in the preview? The good singer? She’s Ashley Makailah, an inner-city kid who got a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. There’s more on Ashley right HERE.

BONUS: Yesterday, Ellen filmed a little report from backstage at the Hollywood Rounds HERE.

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  • Tony

    lol….Ellen is so crazy.

  • tierbee

    LOL, just love her. I hope she does well.

  • gingerly

    hee, she’s so funny. I’m excited to see how she does.

  • Kirsten

    Yay! Season 9! Season 9! Season 9! Total Snoopy Dance.

    Top 10 Wishes for Season 9
    —————————

    10. No more lip-synching. Seriously, it’s sort of a singing competition and none of those kids were very good at lip-synching. Pointy-pose dance numbers are a must.

    9. No more Idols in the Pit-of-Doom. Although I’ve strangely become fond of the swaybots (they add to the cheese factor…maybe I need some detox), sending an Idol to sing amongst them spells instant train wreck. Everybody ends up unnerved. Plus, it looks like the contestant is about to be eaten by the undead.

    8. Idol fashion consultants get veto power on Simon’s wardobe. We know that the dude makes more money in one year than a 50 of us will make in a lifetime. We’ve seen him look presentable on X-Factor. There is no reason he needs to look like a bar lout fresh in from changing the oil on his car. Remove his Costco-supply of uber-cheap-see-through-white-v-necks and give us something that shows he cares enough to dress for us.

    7. No to duets during the competition rounds. There is always somebody nobody wants to be paired with. Way to submarine the poor contestant that loses the game of musical chairs and gets stuck with them.

    6. Better arrangers. Some kids can arrange their own songs and go onto win the show. Some kids can’t and end up giving us second hand emberassment. We want everybody at their best. Give the clueless ones some help.

    5. Tone down the pimpage. It doesn’t need to be constantly dialed up to 11, it’s annoying and it didn’t work last year so give it a rest.

    4. More Idols back to sing. Seriously. We voted for them, find some performance slots for them. They helped to build the show to what it is today. Bonus: They at least know how to sing live.

    3. Better, fresher songs. They don’t have to be songs on the chart right now, just songs we haven’t heard a bazillion times before. This goes double for theme nights.

    2. Keep the judge’s time brief. They should be able to provide clear succinct, feedback. If not, wire up their chairs and zap them until they learn how to do so.

    1. Keep the focus on the contestants. That’s what draws us in. Let them sing. Let us vote. Get the hell out of the way.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Ellen is such a nut ball. I just love her to piece. Am so excited for tonight. Hope they pay more attention to the singers. This year should be totally different at least that’s what am hoping for.

  • Tony

    lol, Kirsten. “swaybots”

  • gingerly

    I agree with almost everything you said Kirsten. My one exception is the swaybots. They make me want to take my weed whacker to those annoying arms that are always blocking the pretty. I’m not a violent person so I find the response they bring out in me disturbing.

  • hazuki

    I loved the good audition of the girl :D.

  • unique28v

    So Ellen is already starting to pimp. LOL

  • jammasta

    Ellen looks kinda out of place in that picture. It’s kinda funny.

    I really hope she does well, I like her.

  • TwigLA

    unigque28v, I thought the same thing. I hope she tries to be unbiased on her show, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Ellen is foremost a fan.

    Kirsten I agree with your wish list. The swaybots drive me crazy though. As Kris said, they have no rhythm. I wish they’d get rid of the mosh pit.

  • Reflections On Life

    The auditioner has excellent timing, pitch, and delivery. I felt like I was watching a professional, not a contestant. I hope Kradison, the two Davids, and Melinda have set a new bar & credibility for the AI contestants.

  • zuper

    unique28v
    01/12/2010 at 2:08 pm
    So Ellen is already starting to pimp. LOL

    I REALLY hope Ellen doesn’t continue to use her show to showcase her favorite contestants. There is already a problem with certain contestants being more visable, this will only add to it.

  • KayGee

    The picture above shows a changed set, changed sitting arrangement, and no COKE cups…

    Looks like the demise of a great show to me…

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “”. More Idols back to sing. Seriously. We voted for them, find some performance slots for them. They helped to build the show to what it is today. Bonus: They at least know how to sing live.”"

    almost everything you said Kirsten but especially THIS ^^^

  • Sassycatz

    You know, I think Ellen vlogging back stage during the series — like she does here during Hollywood — is a great idea and she’d be good at it. This would be a way of interjecting what many of us have wanted: more backstage/behind the scenes video of what goes on during an Idol’s week.

    100% agree that they should invite more Idols back to sing. They are much better live than some of the stars they have guest singing on the show.

  • jersey

    OMG I am excited! Yay Season 9! Ditto everything Kirsten said.

    Will chat be working MJ? I haven’t tried to log in since last season.

  • terps

    Vitamin water is now the offical sponser

  • Kirsten

    The swaybots drive me crazy though. As Kris said, they have no rhythm.

    Exactly. No rhythm at all. That’s why no Idol should ever perform form the “mosh” pit. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to keep time with all those random beats being swayed in front of you. Plus, it hypnotizes the audience.

    But, the swaybots themselves have come to fascinate me. I was at a kid’s Christmas party and the entertainer got us all to sway along. I looked around and noticed that we were all in synch. Kids. Teenagers. Adults. Seniors. Males. Females. Even the engineers. How hard can it be? I see concert footage and all the people in front of the stage are swaying to the beat. Heck, Oprah got a flash mob to do a compliated sway pattern to the beat (okay, the people in the back needed a metronome, but the peeps up front were doing pretty good).

    So, how is it possible that week after week Idol manages to find people that all sway to a different beat? I’m intrigued. Is it the same set of people every week and they are terminally rhythm challenged? Does Idol pump some kind of gas into the “mosh” pit which renders the inhabitants senseless? Do the flashing lights of the Idol Sphere blind them? Does text messaging rot your brain? Is whatever babble disease Paula have somehow infect them and it manifests itself as off the beat swaying in others? What is going on? They even have training sessions trying to teach them how to sway properly, but they are immune. I loathed the swaybots when they first appeared, but now I’ve become kind of protective and curious about those hapless peeps.

  • Kirsten

    Vitamin water is now the offical sponser

    I call dibs on the red couch.

  • druzilla

    The Ashley girl has a nice voice but she’s totally unremarkable for today’s market. She’d sound like 15 others on radio. YAWN.

  • rayni

    The Ashley girl has a nice voice but she’s totally unremarkable for today’s market. She’d sound like 15 others on radio. YAWN.

    AAANNDDDD – we’re off!! This is what I love :) Us loving or not loving the contestants. WooT! Can’t wait!

  • auntieaimee

    I’m on Team Ashley :)

  • wjmtv

    “More Idols back to sing. Seriously. We voted for them, find some performance slots for them. They helped to build the show to what it is today. Bonus: They at least know how to sing live.”

    A-MEN, girlfriend. That would be awesome. I would love to see “Kelly Clarkson Night” or something like that.

  • thesheriff

    My fantasy for the season is that after the audition phase, they allow one person to sing a full 3 minute version of the song to open the show. Cut to commercial. Come back and introduce the judges and let them judge the contestant.

  • gingerly

    thesheriff
    01/12/2010 at 6:19 pm

    My fantasy for the season is that after the audition phase, they allow one person to sing a full 3 minute version of the song to open the show. Cut to commercial. Come back and introduce the judges and let them judge the contestant.

    Fantasies are lovely, aren’t they? Never gonna happen but we can still dream…

  • gingerly

    Kirsten
    01/12/2010 at 3:57 pm

    Vitamin water is now the offical sponser

    I call dibs on the red couch.

    Go for it. I want the XXX couch (actually my favorite Vitamin Water flavor), and it sounds so much more risque.

  • SexyEvey

    Hi everyone!!!! You guys probably know me from always posting on the Adam threads but I actually got really excited about Ashley Makailah when I read about her a few weeks back and heard some of her youtube recordings. I decided to build her an “UNOFFICIAL OFFICIAL” fansite as a place to compile clips, videos (sort of a one stop shop lol) and that anyone could comment on if they wanted to. Let me know what you think, I really do think she has a great chance at winning!!

    http://www.ashleymakailah.com

    She is so talented and im sure MJ wouldn’t mind a Boston girl winning it all =)

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