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.
The 9th season kicks off Jan. 12 with a two-night, four-hour season premiere.
DeGeneres — who replaced Paula Abdul — won't appear on the show until February.
"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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