American Idol

Season 12 Episode 1

New York City, NY Auditions

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2013 on FOX
New York City, NY Auditions
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Episode Summary

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 and Oklahoma City 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.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

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    • NOTES (3)

      • Although it is not really mentioned on the show, a new format is that contestants were allowed to audition online between August 1st and 14th. The main rule was that it had to be a cappella, just as it would be if it were at the main auditions.

      • This year, people are allowed to send in a video nominating a person, and one of the Judges will show up and surprise them and invite them to audition for the Judges. They only get an audition, not a guarantee that they go to Hollywood.

      • Due to Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler leaving, there is a new panel of Judges this year. Randy Jackson stays on, and with him are Country singer Keith Urban, R&B singer Mariah Carey and Pop star/Rapper Nicki Minaj. Both Keith and Nicki have performed as special guests on American Idol before, while Mariah has not only performed but was also a mentor in Season 7.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The Turbanator: The name and the segment surrounding it, including the music used is an obvious reference to "The Terminator" film franchise which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.