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When Does Season 12 of ‘American Idol’ Start?

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If you happened to watch ‘X Factor‘ last night, then you probably saw not one, but two previews for the upcoming and much talked about 12th season of ‘American Idol.’ We know, we’re pretty stoked about it too.

And if you’re an ‘Idol’ fan and happened to be watching another show not on FOX, then you’re in for some luck! Ryan Seacrest recently retweeted Mariah Carey on Twitter, who announced the premiere date for the show … and it’s just around the corner! “RT @MariahCarey: New season begins January 16! @AmericanIdol” read the radio host’s retweet.

Not only are we excited to see the new and raw talent the show often brings, but we’re so interested to see how Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are as the new judges on the show. So much drama has ben following them regarding ‘Idol,’ so we can barely contain ourselves! But alas, Minaj has said she and Carey are ‘fine,’ but we’re still loving the dynamic of these two!

The auditions took place in seven cities around the US, so we know we’re in for some really great auditions, and, even better than that, the really, really bad ones.

Make sure you tune in to FOX on January 16! You won’t want to miss this season!

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