American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.

Frankie Ford, Sarah Restuccio shine as Nicki Minaj dominates 'American Idol' premiere

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy

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"American Idol" teased everyone with clips of fights between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, but in the end singers Frankie Ford and Sarah Restuccio stole the show as the New York City auditions kicked off Season 12 of the long-running Fox show.

Minaj was fantastic as a judge and got, by far, the most airtime. Her comments were pithy, spot-on, original and showed a passion...

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Gurpreet Singh Sarin, aka 'Turbanator,' Ashlee Feliciano and Angela Miller get 'American Idol' judges talking

Albert Chang is up next. He doesn't speak English that well and "American Idol" is sort of making fun of him -- except their subtitles claim he says he's from "Regal Park, Queens" which doesn't exist. Obviously, the Fox producers have never heard of Rego Park.

He does "Phantom of the Opera," and is horrible. He's followed by some other bad singers, with Nicki...

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Sarah Restuccio channels Carrie Underwood and Nicki Minaj on 'American Idol'

Benjamin Gaisey, who's dressed up like Michael Jackson during his "Thriller" days, sings Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" next on "American Idol." He's bad and he winds up personalizing the lyrics to a giggling Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and then goes off on some tangents.

"You know, it's a bit much," says Carey, as they all shoot...

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Subway singer Frankie Ford steals our hearts on 'American Idol;' Shira Gavrielov impresses, too

Jessica Kartalis is up next as “American Idol” which introduces a new audition twist. Based on people's nominations, they go out to invite singers to come audition. She does a bit of an original song, is nervous and messes up the guitar parts a couple of times.

Nicki Minaj says, “I don't think you're ready yet . . ." and isn't big on giving her another shot. Mariah Carey says she...

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Christina 'Isabelle' gets an 'O-M-G' from Nicki Minaj on 'American Idol'

Christina “Isabelle” up next on “American Idol.” No idea why they put her last name in quotes. Blasts out “Summertime" -- the classic big, brassy voice.

“O-M-G” says Nicki Minaj, “you'll go really far in this competition . . . amazing skill with beautiful tone.”

Keith Urban calls her a “natural singer” and  Randy Jackson also thinks she's fantastic, just wants her to build...

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Tenna Torres 'blows away' Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj on 'American Idol' premiere

"American Idol” kicks off Season 12 in Manhattan with glitzy homages to last year's winner Phillip Phillips, past stars, judges Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, lots of chatter from host Ryan Seacrest — but just in case you're wondering what this show is now all about, we don't actually hear anyone, you know, sing until more than 10 minutes in.

Michael Buonopane is...

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