First Pic! Ellen DeGeneres as an American Idol Judge

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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.

"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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