First Pic! Ellen DeGeneres as an American Idol Judge

Entertainment Jan. 5, 2010 AT 4:14PM
First Pic! Ellen DeGeneres as an American Idol Judge First Pic! Ellen DeGeneres as an American Idol Judge Credit: Michael Becker/FOX (2)

Ellen DeGeneres' first official American Idol photos were released Tuesday by Fox.

The new judge, 51, is all smiles while leaning on a microphone in the shot.

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Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson pose alongside host Ryan Seacrest in additional photos.

The 9th season kicks off Jan. 12 with a two-night, four-hour season premiere.

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DeGeneres -- who replaced Paula Abdul -- won't appear on the show until February.

In the meantime, celebs like Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry and Shania Twain will judge the auditions.

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"I'm very excited to be on the show," DeGeneres has said. "I will tell you that right now. I just continue to be excited every single day."

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