American Idol 2012 Premieres Tonight

American Idol 2012

American Idol 2012 premieres tonight on FOX starting at 8PM ET/PT with a full two-hour episode. We’ll be treated to dozens of performances by Idol hopefuls lucky enough to come back for a chance to deliver their very best to Steven Tyler, JLo, and Randy Jackson. Then tomorrow night we’ll get another dose of auditions with Thursday’s 8PM ET/PT one-hour episode. The fun doesn’t stop there though. American Idol returns on a special Sunday night episode right after the NFL playoffs, probably around 10PM ET. Check out the rest of the Idol 2012 schedule.

Remember these auditions have all been recorded months ago. If you really want to get ahead of the curve then check out our American Idol spoilers section for the latest rumors and leaks on who has made it through to Hollywood and even on to the Top 42 for Season 11.

Be sure to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and grab our daily email updates to get the latest Idol news all season long. You’ll get some of our timeliest updates there.

We’re excited to have all of you joining us again this season. Just like last season we’ll have the American Idol chat room open for live show discussions and the comments section has been improved with Disqus. You can now leave comments using your Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. account logins or even by creating your own free Disqus profile. Like all changes, I’m sure some will be upset, but the improvements, like editing your own comments and flagging nasty comments, will be a great addition this season. Try it out and see what you think.




  1. I really dislike this new format.  Why did you have to change it?  Idol won’t be the same without the familiar board.  

    • As for why I changed it, scroll back up and read that part. There are lots of improvements that come with this commenting method.

      Keep in mind that it’s just a small change in formatting and text. There are still two levels of replies and a gray bar along the name where it used to just be white.
      I really don’t think this season of Idol or even just your experience here will be that greatly impacted by a change of commenting facades. Once you get used to it I think you’ll prefer this implementation.

  2. I kind of like this… but it’s a pain to say what u r posting as by clicking a whole different thing.

    • It does take a little getting used to (as w/ most changes), but the good thing is that once you’re logged in it’ll remember who you are each time. That even goes for other sites that use Disqus as well so you can have one commenting login on many of your favorite sites.

      • I am ready and willing to give this new format a shot…..I just want the show to start……..

  3. Hi everyone I’m here. I know you are all glad to see me back this year. Go ahead admit it! Now that I am here, let the party begin!! Great job putting the Diqus board here Matt….now I can encourage people to vote in BOLD FACE LETTERS! Thanks!!!!

  4. Can’t wait for 8pm to get here tonight, I am super excited for Idol. And no X-Factor didn’t burn me out but instead got me all excited for Idol, as Idol is way more tame than the insanity that became the X-Factor.

  5. I have to admit I got a kick out of your comments. I did a similar thing with one of my blogs and my followers carried on and on! Good luck.

    • Haha. Thanks! Yeah, I knew there’d be push back, especially after trying to make the move last season and getting the same fierce response. 

      Disqus has worked great on our other sites in the meantime so I figured it was time to force the issue.

  6. I’m excited!! 😀 I’ve also noticed how the website has changed. It’s something about it. I’ve also thought about some things about this season and the seasons before.

  7. Greetings from Oz!! More than a tad excited that your Idol is coming back! We don’t have our own Idol anymore.  We aren’t getting the first auditions here until Sunday night due to network commitments for other shows, but soooooooooooooooo looking forward to it!!  Looking forward to everyone’s VERY diverse opinions =)  How boring would the world be if we all like the same thing??  Have a truly spiffy day!!

  8. Hello Matt, Branden and all my blog friends 🙂 I am very excited again to share comments with you all!! Hope this season will be super and we can fight for our favorites like always 🙂
    I think this format looks great Matt only I hope I dont have to refresh every time that I want to read what is posted after me lol

  9. i love american idol and i really like the ew format i have been watchinging american idol since i was a baby i am a huge fan

  10. Sweet Cheekz Boutique – located BC Canada is SUPER EXCITED for Idol this evening!!!!!!:))))

  11. I am in the US and I am in mossouri but it is not on any of the regular channels i have.

  12. did anyone else notice that the girl named Brittany at towards the end looked just like Carrie Underwood, very eerie!!!

  13. Great format, Definitely saved the best for last with Phillips Phillip, incredible natural and destined for fame.

  14. @ Branden and Matt..Really like this new format. Also the list of changes are excellent…let’s hope AI takes note. There were a few possibilities tonight yet it is still very early in the season. Did like Phillip Phillips..very original.  🙂

  15. Ya empeso mi programa esta temporada me encanta ,los jurados me dan risa y la gente q se precenta con tanto talento mucha suerte

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