Ellen DeGeneres has been watching past seasons of American Idol to prepare herself for her new role as judge on the TV talent show.
The chat show host — who was recently drafted in to replace Paula Abdul – has been sitting down with wife Portia de Rossi and critiquing ex-contestants after watching their performances on DVD.
“Ellen and Portia have been watching old seasons on DVD to see how the judges interact with contestants and audience,” a source told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“Ellen wants to live up to the high expectations.”
Ellen, 51, has previously insisted she won’t be a mean judge.
“I’m not going to be mean, I hate when Simon Cowell is that mean,” she said. “You can be constructive and criticize somebody that’s helpful instead of mean spirited.”
The next season of American Idol begins in January.
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