WATCH: A FIRST LOOK at the new season of AMERICAN IDOL

Part Two of the Two-Night Season Premiere Event Airs Thursday



Everyone’s favorite singing competition returns for its highly anticipated 12th season with a brand new superstar judging panel, new contestants and the best and worst of auditions. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban traveled across the country to New York City, Chicago, Charlotte, Baton Rouge, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Long Beach, CA, where the good, the bad and the outrageous auditioned for their shot at stardom.

This season promises to deliver the most talented group of singers yet and as always, it’s up to the viewers to root and vote for their favorite contestants, ultimately crowning the next AMERICAN IDOL. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day in the “Auditions #1” episode of AMERICAN IDOL premiering Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM) on FOX 50. (ID-1201/2) (TV-14 D, L) 

Host: Ryan Seacrest 

Judges: Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban

BONUS CLIPS:  Watch some great (and not so great) auditions from the new season of IDOL.


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