"American Idol" premieres season 12 with a new judging panel on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, on Fox Television Network, according to a Jan. 8, 2013 press release from Fox. The show will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and judged by Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Kieth Urban and Nicki Minaj.
Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer who has been an "American Idol"judge from the beginning, returns to lend his expertise in discovering talent.
Keith Urban is a Country Music star, and four time Grammy Award winner, who has sold more than 15 million albums. Urban is often seen on the red carpet with his wife, Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman. Happily married Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman appear on Oprah
Mariah Carey is a global superstar and the best selling female recording artist of all time. Carey was recently interviewed by Barbara Walters, in a segment broadcast on ABC' "Nightline" on Jan. 7 2013. The diva admitted that she hired additional security due to the reported friction with Nicki Minaj. Carey has reportedly been traveling with her twin toddlers and was concerned for their safety. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon talk twins
Nicki Minaj is a quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon. Nicki Minaj joins Victoria's Secret fashion show lineup
Ryan Seacrest and the judges will travel to Charlotte, Chicago, Long Beach, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City and San Antonio to find the next superstar who will join the ranks of IDOL alumni Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood (Carrie Underwood gets leading role in live "Sound of Music), Scotty McCreery (Scotty McCreery crowned American Idol number 10) and Phillip Phillips (Phillip Phillips named American Idol number 11).
The incredible journey begins with a two-night event showcasing the nation’s best talent from the New York auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and the Chicago auditions Thursday, Jan. 17 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX. Auditions continue for two more weeks on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (8 -10 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 24 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT); and Wednesday, Jan. 30 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 31 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).
The contestants who impress the judges will head to “Hollywood” for the “Hollywood Rounds,” airing Wednesday, Feb. 6 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 7 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT); and Wednesday, Feb. 13 (810 p.m. ET/PT). At the end of the final “Hollywood Round,” on Thursday, Feb. 14 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT), only the Top 40 contestants – 20 males and 20 females – will remain.
In a new twist, the competition then moves to Las Vegas, where the Top 40 semifinalists will be split into males and females. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 20 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 28 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), 10 semifinalists will perform each night. The males will perform on Wednesday and the females will perform on Thursday. The judges will be faced with the tough decision of choosing which five will stay each night and which five will be sent home. At the end of the first stage of the semifinals, only 20 contestants will remain.
During phase two of the Semi-Finalist rounds, the viewers will vote for which contestants will advance to the Top 10 and who will go home. The special event will take place over three nights, starting with the first live show on Tuesday, March 5 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT tape delayed). The males will perform on March 5 and the females will perform on March 6. On Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 PM (ET live/PT tape-delayed), America’s vote and the "American Idol" Top 10 finalists will be revealed in the first elimination show LIVE from Los Angeles.