First Look: New American Idol Season 12 Promo!

It’s almost (but not quite) that time of year, America… and we’ve got something to keep you occupied while you wait for American Idol to start again in January.

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Press PLAY on the video below to see a new Season 12 promo, complete with inspirational scenes of wannabe stars and glowing shots of judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson — as well as host Ryan Seacrest.

Then hit the comments with your thoughts about the upcoming season, the two-night premiere of which is slated for Wednesday, January 16, and Thursday, January 17 (Fox, 8/7c).

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Templar says:

    With that panel, the only thing they could do to entice me to watch it is if they limit the voting. I’ve watched every season, and I’m fed up with good singers being cut due to fanatic power texting.

  2. Pearl says:

    I hate to say, The Idol’s promos are getting worse every year ><

  3. Zed says:

    What’s the song they used?

  4. Toms1€ says:

    this looks awful

  5. Jane says:

    the only part I liked was Ryan, actually smiled when I heard him say his catchphrase!

  6. JJ says:

    You might want to redefine the definition of First Look.

  7. DC says:

    I usually like AI but I won’t be watching this season.

  8. Jared says:

    I’ll Continue to watch Britney on X Factor and skip Idol all together this year.

  9. Omar says:

    Oh god! Randy Jackson again? Ugh!

  10. karenb says:

    Keith Urban. That is all.

  11. Allyson says:

    Get ready for another predictable singer to win. Stop watching and don’t plan to watch again. I will be surprised if a girl ever wins this show again.

  12. Rock Golf says:

    Are they going to overlap X Factor & Idol? Idol starts in mid-January, which is only 10 weeks away. X Factor still have 16 contestants left and only 10 weeks – two of which overlap Xmas and New Year, traditionally a time when no new programming is shown? They’ll have to drop at least 2 singers a week.

    • Tim says:

      They’ll end before Christmas. They drop from 16 to 12 on the first live show, and there will be some double elimination weeks just like last year.

    • Peggy says:

      With 10 contestants left, and the finals being on 12/19 and 12/20, I think they will eliminate 2 per show until 12/6. Then on 12/13 they wil either have a single eimination sand go into the finale with 3 contestants like last season, or they will switch it upand eliminate 2, leaving only 2 for the finale.

  13. Baubles says:

    Nobody currs American Idol – It obviously isn’t about the contestants or talent anymore ~ all about over priced judges and their drama and one judge that has over extended his stay a few seasons too many, and they could’ve had Adam Lambert! Mistake…really big mistake!! I’ve washed my hands of Idol.

  14. Clau says:

    the people who comment here are really negative, no?

  15. Felipe says:

    I actually quite liked this promo. It’s well done and it focuses on the hopefuls, and not on the famous people trying to upgrade their careers.

  16. R Bilyou says:

    I’m not watching this year. I cannot stand another season of Randy Jackson’s drivel. And, I will not watch Nicki Minaj. When they hired Minaj, and brought back Jackson, that was it for me. It’s obvious they’re catering to the teen audience and the brain-dead, and I am neither.

    • Tara says:

      I have 4 teens and not only are they not interested in Nicki Minaj, they and their friends aren’t interested in Idol. At all.

  17. Sean says:

    Awwww … Look at little pig faced Mariah

  18. Scott says:

    Really love the promo! What song is used in it?

  19. teatime says:

    I expected to see past contestants. Especially with 3 new judges it makes sense to advertise the show by showing clips from memorable moments from the series.

    • Peggy says:

      This is just the first promo. It figures they would show the judges and Ryan. I expect more promos featuring former Idol winners in promos to come. I just don’t get the scenes with random hopefuls and the fields.

  20. torry says:

    I have no sound to accompany the video.This sucks!

  21. Karen Davis says:

    We have watch American idol from the start but this season we can’t take Nicki Minaj another day she just can;t shut up.