See Ellen DeGeneres' American Idol Debut

See Ellen DeGeneres' American Idol Debut

UsMagazine.com has your first peek at Ellen DeGeneres behind the American Idol judge's table.

DeGeneres, 52, makes her debut alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the Feb. 9 show.

DeGeneres recently told Entertainment Tonight she is "getting good at delivering bad news" to Idol wannabes.

"I'm trying to do it in a tender way," she says. "I hate hurting people's feelings, so that, I think, is the hardest part."

She says that there are "good people" this season, and she's had to "fight very, very hard to keep the people that I believe in."

Idol Hits Hollywood! Be there when Ellen DeGeneres joins American Idol, tonight at 8|7c on FOX!