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'American Idol' season 12 premieres tonight

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson at the New York auditions of “American Idol” airing on the two-night premiere Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. Credit: Fox

American Idol” premieres tonight on Fox for its 12th season, featuring a panel of three new judges — Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — who will join resident judge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest in what promises to be a very interesting season.

Let’s see if the hyped controversy among the female judges is as hot as rumors suggest.

Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips’ first single, “Home,” which was released May 23, 2012, has been certified platinum.

Check out our photo gallery for “American Idol” season 12.

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