American Idol 12 – The Judges Speak! Plus NEW Contestant Shots (VIDEO)

Check out these extended video interviews with the new American Idol judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Not only do you get their thoughts on American Idol as a cultural touchstone and their thoughts on the competition, but there are lots of shots of Idol Idol hopefuls interspersed throughout the videos!

Watch below. The American Idol 12 premieres on Wednesday, January 16. Hooray.

Mariah Carey

Nicki Minaj

Keith Urban

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  • b_james

    Apparently nobody cares about Randy. LOLZ

  • Garrett Clayman

    At least from these promos I am by far most excited for Nicki some of her comments to the contestants were really insightful and unique

  • wutwut

    so. so. so. so. excited. moar keith urban. can’t wait! idol forever!!

  • Incipit

    Well, I watched the three videos, and saw three people with guitars in the auditions, two playing, one holding – I’ve seen auditioners who bring their guitar before, just to show they play one – never, except once (Phillip)  did I see the Special Snowflake allowed the advantage to play it.  Now I’ve seen two more. so I suppose that means a capella auditions are no longer the rule? I wish someone would ask. 

    When did Nigel mention that change – or did they just slide it in under the door – some special snowflakes get to play guitar in the previously a capella auditions to make sure they can stay on key? Is no one supposed to notice?

  • Garrett Clayman

    i was wondering the same thing, the rules from this year clearly stated that you may bring an instrument with you but you may not play it. Maybe its a case of P^2 in which he sings and they vote and say sing something else because it was in this years audition rules

  • fantoo1

    Good promos. I find it hilarious that Nicki will cause some people not to watch-there was nothing wrong with her on these previews and she seemed to give insightful critiques.

    I also like the emphasis on how idol is the gold standard for singing shows. Ask somebody on the street, and they will know who somebody like Phillip Phillips or Scotty are. Almost nobody knows who Melanie Amaro, Javier Colon, or Jermaine Paul are.

  • mtlfan2

    very good promo! I like they emphasize that AI is unique; just the post-show tour makes it unique in the genre.
    Can’t wait for the start of the season :) 

  • kara445

    Idol is the best show if you really want to make it BIG. The other shows like The X Factor, The Voice, just no.

  • Anny_nanny

    about Special Snowflake: Poor Jason ‘Wolf’ Hamlin, but I remember this audition. The guy cut in Hollywood.

  • Dennis

    I wish we would hear a little bit of these ppl singing or put the names up or something so we could look then up.

  • Ratna12

    Did Keith say something on his video ?, I was too busy looking at his arms.

  • Kariann Hart

    This was mentioned several times.  I wrote,  to suggest the emphasis on American Idol being the first and the best.  The show has provided success in many arenas of entertainment besides record sales.  We don’t see that success coming from the other shows.

  • Landon Cox

    Keith sounds like Barlow, lol

  • Wally.

    Angie Miller for the winnnnn!