X17 XCLUSIVE - Simon Cowell Thinks Ellen Degeneres Will Be A Tougher Judge Than Him On Idol!
Posted on Wed Sep 16, 2009 08:25 AM PDT

simoncowellellen200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Simon Cowell told X17online that he expects Ellen Degeneres to be a tougher judge than him when she joins Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara Dioguardi as the fourth judge on American Idol this season.

X17online caught up with the multi-millionaire leaving his mansion for a quick trip to London, and when we asked him if he thought Ellen make a tougher judge than him, he said "Yes!"

Now, we're sure that's just British sarcasm at work - anyone who caught Ellen's turn as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance last season knows she'll keep Paula's tradition of nurturing the contestants rather than breaking them down like Simon.

CLICK HERE to see the video of Simon Cowell speaking to X17online about Ellen

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