American Idol Season 12: What's In Store For Us?

Now that this season of X Factor and The Voice is finished, you may be itching for your fix of aspiring music hopefuls. Have no fear, Insticators, for Season 12 of American Idol begins Wednesday, January 16th on FOX. If you're reaaaalllllly desperate to see it sooner, you can catch a free screening in 1 of 11 movie theaters on January 9th, in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Nashville and Los Angeles.

So, what's in store for Season 12? Let's check out some promos:

That was certainly inspiring. Fills you with a lot of hope, yes? They could have just flashed a picture from Obama's campaign, and I think we all still would have gotten the picture...
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We get it though, they're stressing that anyone, even the construction worker you curse every morning for causing traffic, can be the next American Idol. Just don't give up on your dreams, guys. (Unless your dream is to own a mansion with 2 peacocks named Pinkerton and Reginald, then you should probably give up on that. THANKS MOM, YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP CRUSHING MY DREAMS.)

Have a box of tissues handy? Good. Grab them, because this next promo is going to get those tear ducts going:

We're all suckers for an underdog story, and Idol hopeful Lazaro Arbos delivers with a punch. Watching his stuttering is almost painful, but then we're teased with a little tidbit from the judges that he may be a great singer. We'll definitely be tuning in for this one.

Looking for a major #spoiler for next season? Thanks to our friends at The Idol Pad, you can check out the top 40 contestants here! Don't click if you don't want to ruin the surprise! Definitely click if you would like to make unfair bets with your unknowing friends, however.

Moving on, what about the divalicious judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj?

Battle of the Cleavage?

Battle of the Cleavage?

Thanks to our pals over at TMZ, let's remind everyone of the may-or-may-not-have-been-staged catfight that took place back in October:

If you want to follow along at home, you can peep the transcript here.

Allegedly, all is good in the hood between Mariah and Nicki, which leads some to wonder if this was staged by producers to get some pre-season hype. 

Either way, we'll be tuning in to see what ridiculous outfits Minaj will be wearing and pitying the Idol hopefuls who should have had someone back home stop them from embarrassing themselves on National TV.

What are you looking forward to in this new season of Idol, Insticators? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!