“American Idol” is Baaaaaack!

main_idolThe biggest and best singing competition on television is back tonight as American Idol returns for its 12th season on Fox. My favorite singing show and the only one that has produced a multi-platinum star (hello, they’ve produced a ton of them) remains a viable hit maker and record industry stalwart. Just look at last year’s winner Phillip Phllips who I wasn’t a big fan of but eventually won me over with his smash coronation song “Home” which has sold over 3.5 million copies to date,  hit # 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, # 1 on the Hot AC and AAA charts and top ten on Pop, Rock and AC. His debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, has also sold over 600,000 copies to boot which is fantastic these days and shows no signs of slowing down. Yes, that noise you hear is me inserting my foot in my mouth about his future. I was sure runner-up Jessica Sanchez would be last season’s big success, and she may still be. Her debut album is due in March along with a guest starring gig on Glee.… But enough about the continued success of the great singers on last year’s show. This year brings a new crop of contenders and three big new judges joining Randy Jackson. First is Grammy winning country stud Keith Urban. Then we have the controversial, crazy at times and talented singer/rapper/fashion disaster Nicki Minaj, and finally we have the multi Grammy winning music icon Mariah Carey. It will be interesting to see how they gel and we’ve already heard about a feud between Carey and Minaj (um, I’m team Mariah… I’m just saying…), so fireworks could ensue. I just hope they keep the emphasis on the contestants which is the reason this show and its stars have been so successful…. So, here’s to season 12. Watch the premiere tonight and tomorrow on Fox and check out a preview below.

American Idol season 12 preview

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