PHOTOS: Ellen DeGeneres Steps Into Role As Newest American Idol Judge

On Tuesday, Fox released the first official pictures of Ellen DeGeneres as part of the American Idol team.

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Looking at ease in her new role, the comedienne gives a wide smile as she leans on a vintage microphone.

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In another promotional shot, DeGeneres stands alongside Simon Cowell, host Ryan Seacrest and Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.

The ninth season of American Idol premieres on January 12 with a two-night, four-hour season premiere.

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