Ellen DeGeneres: Simon Cowell "Wants Me"

Entertainment Feb. 24, 2010 AT 10:12AM
Ellen DeGeneres: Simon Cowell "Wants Me"

Flirt alert!

Ellen DeGeneres is no longer sitting next to Simon Cowell at the American Idol judges' table. The talk show host, 52, was to the right of Randy Jackson, 53, on Tuesday night's show.

"We had a little problem and I felt like it's safer over here," DeGeneres joked. "The problem is: Simon wants me. He's got, like, a thing for me, and I get it -- but it's not gonna happen.

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"His hands are like wandering hands," she continued before the screen flashed to a goofy fake clip from Hollywood Week of Cowell, 51, trying to hold DeGeneres' hand under the table.

The 12 women of the Top 24 competed on Tuesday night's show. (The 12 guys hit the stage Wednesday, and four contestants -- two girls, two guys -- get voted off Thursday.)

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Katelyn Epperly and Kara DioGuardi, 39, got into a faux feud after the judge criticized the 19-year-old Iowa native for wearing too much red lipstick and a leather tube dress.

When Ryan Seacrest said Epperly had a shocked look on her face, the contestant joked that she was in a "bubble."

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DioGuardi's response?

"Yeah, right, the b-word she was saying was b*tch!" she joked.

DioGuardi famously fought with 2009's bikini girl, Katrina Darrell.

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