Ellen DeGeneres (left) and Sharon Osbourne
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09/10/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
09/10/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
Ellen DeGeneres is already receiving a rave review from the judges’ panel at America’s Got Talent, and it came only minutes after the announcement she’d be Paula Abdul’s replacement on American Idol.
“She will be a breath of fresh air on that show, a complete breath of fresh air,” Osbourne, 56, told PEOPLE Wednesday. “It’s new blood. And [American Idol] needed something new to happen.”