ellen degeneres american idol 9 320 'American Idol's' Ellen DeGeneres: 'We have a great eclectic group'New “American Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres joined Ryan Seacrest on his Tuesday, Feb. 9 radio show.

Ryan asks Ellen about the group this year. She says they have a couple good rockers and a “great eclectic group of people.” 

She also says one of the hardest things is the kids who have never really auditioned before. They didn’t grow up in show business, so hearing criticism is a “harsh taste of reality.”

“You can’t teach them experience. Hopefully the people we’ve put through learn very quickly to gain that kind of confidence that usually only comes from experience.”

“That’s one thing I bring to the show. I know what it feels like to stand on stage and try to impress a room full of people. I want them to hear the truth … to get good advice but at the same time I’m careful to not hurt their feelings.”

“I want to be really, really honest and sometimes the best way for me to be honest is to use humor. I’m going to try to cushion it with humor without belittling the situation.”

Are you guys so excited for Ellen’s premiere on “Idol” tonight? We are pumped.

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