American Idol

Season 12 Episode 1

New York City, NY Auditions

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2013 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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

    • 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.