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!