Matt Sayles
Ellen DeGeneres will replace Paul Abdul as one of the judges on American Idol.

There’s lots of twists and turns in reality news this week, so here’s the scoop:

Judge Ellen

“American Idol’s” become a pro at throwing curveballs to its viewers.

For starters, judge Paula Abdul bailed out of the show. The talent contest countered that move with a bevy of guest judges for its national auditions.

I’m still wondering how the Jonas Brothers and Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) made that cut.

Now “American Idol’s” got a new surprise.

TV host Ellen DeGeneres just signed a five-year deal to be the latest “A.I.” judge.

DeGeneres is funny and opinionated — and she will put Simon Cowell in his place. There is one question: Can she judge singing talent?

We’ll find out in January when “American Idol” returns to Fox.

New ‘Amazing Race’

CBS just let the cat out for the bag for its new season of “The Amazing Race.”

The series returns Sept. 27 and the reality show just revealed its new set of teams.

This fall’s “Amazing Race” features Herbert Lang and Nathaniel Lofton from the Harlem Globetrotters, professional poker players Mario Ho and Tiffany Michelle, a pair of yoga teachers — and the biggest percentage of dating couples the show’s ever seen.

Let’s see if they’re dating after this competition’s over.

Kathy Griffin’s ‘Jon & Kate’ parody

Kathy Griffin’s scored tons of fans with her hysterically funny “My Life on the D-List.” However, the comic may have landed a ticket to the A-list with her new parody of “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”

Griffin debuted her “short film” on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and it became an instant YouTube sensation.

The parody’s called “Kate Is Enough,” and it features Griffin wearing a blonde wig and starring as Kate Gosselin.

The comedian pokes some serious fun at the TLC reality show in this video. Griffin portrays Gosselin ignoring her kids to do a Regis Philbin interview, bragging about her post-baby body and glorying in her newfound fame.

However, the biggest surprise comes courtesy of the actor playing Jon Gosselin.

“Star Trek” veteran George Takei (Sulu) stars as the reality star husband — making out with a young cheerleader.

Yes, Griffin strikes again!

‘The Bachelor’

The ABC network is reportedly putting together an all-star version of “The Bachelor.”

The show will feature bachelors from past seasons and filming is tentatively slated for January.

Most of the winning “Bachelors” have dumped the women they met on TV, so it should be interesting to see what kind of crew ABC cooks up for the all-star season.

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