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Earlier this week, FOX’s American Idol released a new promo shot of the four judges and Ryan Seacrest in anticipation of Season 12 which debuts this coming January. The new season features Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, and returning Randy Jackson as judges.

In the following promo video, we see various pop-star wanna-bees from different walks of life and in different settings inter-spliced words of inspiration from the judges. “To all the dreamers,” says Mariah. “To everyone that thought they’d never have a chance,” adds Nicki. “It’s almost that time of year America,” Randy. “The time to make dreams come true,” adds Keith Urban. There’s more, but that’s to give you an idea of the magical “dreams can come true” vibe of the commercial.

The promo first ran yesterday during game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. Check out the new commercial / promo video below!

Watch the video after the jump…

Even though there has been quite a lot of drama reported between two of the new American Idol judges for Season 12, everyone is all smiles in the newly released promo picture of the judges (Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and returning judge Randy Jackson) and host Ryan Seacrest. The photo was apparently taken only days after the big Minaj/Carey feud.

As you probably noticed, in the header photo I’ve left out their heads so you can check it out after the jump. I’m a tease that way…just like Ryan Seacrest is on the show: “The results…when we come back, after this…” then off to a commercial break.

The exciting two-night premiere takes place Wednesday, January 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, January 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Check out the full photo below!.

Check out the picture after the jump…

Not only did American Idol dominate Nielsen ratings for several years, but it also raked in the most revenue with their ad rates. Last year, the FOX reality show narrowly lost the crown to NBC’s Sunday Night Football when it came to asking prices for 30-second spot commercials. This year, the gap between the two shows has increased, and not in American Idol’s favor. According to Ad Age’s annual survey, American Idol’s Wednesday night rates have dropped to $340,825 from last year’s $502,900. Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football rose about $33,000 to $545,142 for each spot.

The biggest surprise in this year’s Top 10 Highest-Priced programs is the strong showing by comedies. Modern Family, New Girl, Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men all broke into the Top 10. Shocked that Zooey Deschanel’s sitcom is among that group? While the New Girl doesn’t have the same overall viewers as its competitors, its concentration of young viewers is extremely high. As we all know, that demographic is very appealing to advertisers.

Surprisingly, NBC’s The Voice didn’t make the cut. That said, it does generate a hefty sum of cash for each 30-second commercial, $239,866 and $225,337 for Monday and Tuesday night repsectively. Amongst all the new shows, FOX’s midseason series The Following reigns supreme with $194,425.

check out the highest and lowest for each night after the jump

Earlier this week, a video was released that showed Nicki Minaj yelling at and cussing out Mariah Carey while sitting at the judges table during American Idol auditions. Seriously, it looked intense and my only hope is that we get to see a bit of what happened when the season actually airs.

This morning, Barbara Walters decided to call her “good friend” Mariah Carey to get the scoop on what happened. Carey informed Walters that what people saw in the video wasn’t even the worst of it. What had her worried was that as Minaj walked off, she said that if she had a gun she would shoot Carey. Yikes. Although Carey isn’t “afraid” of Minaj, she does feel that she is unpredictable and has thus hired extra security to protect her.

Walters shared this news on The View this morning. Nicki Minaj has since responded to these allegations and the fact that Carey spoke with Walters with some harsh tweets. Check out the clip from The View as well as Minaj’s tweets below.

Clip & tweets after the jump…

Back in 2010 Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey worked harmoniously in the recording studio and even filmed a music video for “Up Out My Face” without mishap. What a difference a couple years make and a different environment. When reports surfaced that Minaj and Carey were already feuding during the American Idol auditions, both singers and FOX publicly dismissed them as unsubstantiated rumors. With a video now circulating online, there’s no longer denying major friction exists.

In a recording obtained by TMZ, Nicki is seen and heard cussing out Mariah to the nth degree. Reportedly, the incident began when the two singers disagreed on a contestant. Apparently, Carey had been taunting the “Starships” singer all day. Fed up, Minaj yelled out, “So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it. I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.”

After those eloquent words, the 29-year-old rapper threatened to knock Mariah out. Dang, Nicki is gangsta. Sadly, this part wasn’t recorded. BOO. Things got so heated, Nigel Lythgoe and company shut down production for the day so the ladies could cool off.

As entertaining it is to watch the fight, my favorite part is watching poor Keith Urban who’s caught in the line of fire. He raises his hands up à la Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel“. At that point he’s probably thinking to himself what the eff he’s gotten himself into. Calling Nicole Kidman to the rescue ;) Check out the altercation below.

watch the smackdown after the jump along with Nicki on The View

This morning, FOX officially announced the American Idol judges for Season 12, after Katie Couric spilled the beans earlier this week in an interview with Jennifer Lopez. The judges are Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and returning, Randy Jackson. Auditions begin in New York City today where hopefuls will meet host Ryan Seacrest and the four-person panel. The other audition cities include Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Antonio, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City.

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said, “I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and IDOL’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to IDOL – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him… With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

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It’s one of the biggest head-to-head battles people have been looking forward to this season. Would Simon Cowell’s newly-revamped X Factor lineup beat out The Voice and their red swivel chairs? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. While NBC’s talent show won in total viewers (10.6 million versus 8.5), the FOX reality show beat its rival in the coveted 18-34 demographic and won the night in the adults 18-49. Still, Simon was rightfully worried that The Voice’s third night would steal some viewers away.

The second season premiere of X Factor garnered 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year. Here’s the silver lining, the show grew by 6 percent in the key demos and grew in its second hour. Given that it was up against NBC’s one-two punch of The Voice and finals of America’s Got Talent, it did well. I only expect those numbers to go up tonight when the show faces no competition. Plus I think the universal love and praise, fans and critics have bestowed on last night’s premiere will bring in more viewers. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. I firmly believe X Factor will win come December.

In other singing-related news. Katie Couric revealed (spoiled) some very interesting American Idol news. Curious? Keep reading to find out.

check out Katie Couric’s reveal after the jump

On Kelly Clarkson’s current tour she performs covers based on fan requests. They ran the gamut from Madonna to Whitney Houston to Coldplay and everything in between. I’ve even listed a few of my favorite covers she’s performed on tour. At her concert in Independence, Missouri on September 4, 2012, she was inundated with so many requests for a particular song, she couldn’t say no. Have any guesses on which one?

Believe it or not, it was “A Moment Like This,” Clarkson’s Idol coronation song. The 30-year-old singer rarely ever sings the song anymore, but obliged since it was a special occasion. Fans knew it was exactly ten years ago on that day she became the very first American Idol. Can you believe ten years have passed since Kelly won the first season? My, oh how time flies. “It’s crazy that it’s still on!” said Kelly, “It’s so weird.”

Until Phillip Phillips‘”Home” this year, Kelly’s “A Moment Like This”, was my favorite coronation song with “Inside Your Heaven” by Carrie Underwood a close second. Given the success of “Home“, it’s now by far the best first single ever by an American Idol winner.

To honor the 10th anniversary of Clarkson’s win, I decided to embed three versions of “A Moment Like This” below. First, you have the one she sang in Missouri the other night. Then I added her Final 2 rendition, along with the performance after she was announced the winner. Poor girl, could barely get through it without crying. She’s definitely come a long way since 2002. Check out the videos below.

check out Kelly’s performances after the jump

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