Ellen DeGeneres' first episode of American Idol could have been her 100th. She fit right in.
Not only did the show wisely not dwell on her too much, leaving the emphasis on the terrifying "sudden death" round of Hollywood week, but she wasn't too funny, either.
Meaning, we hope, there's plenty left in the tank for future rounds.
But while DeGeneres looked very serious in her reading glasses and crushed dreams like a grizzled veteran, she still brought some much-needed funny to the proceedings—an element Idol has always possessed, only this time it was coherent and intentional!
Not that Paula Abdul wasn't missed...