We couldn’t be more stoked for the Season 12 premiere of American Idol on January 16 and 17!

WIth a new set of judges and some major structural changes, we’re hoping to see some big things happen this year.

So what can fans expect from the American Idol 2013 auditions this year? Like any other season, there’s the good, the bad, and the unbelievably wacky. To get you ready for the Season 12 premiere, here’s a preview of some of the auditions you may be seeing on Wednesday and Thursday night:

New York City: The Man With the Bionic Leg

Even before he starts to sing, you can tell this auditioner has already touched the hearts of judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who both seem to tear up as he launches into a great rendition of Jason Mraz’s hit song “I’m Yours.”

Chicago: A Young Girl With a Grown Up Voice

This blonde bombshell appeared to wow the judges with her beautiful version of the classic tune “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” She apologizes for being nervous and shaky, but we think she nailed it!

Chicago: Pop and Lock

Even before opening her mouth, this auditioner got the judges going with some serious dance skills. But when she did start to sing, her take on Ashanti’s “Thank You” left them speechless, to say the least. Nicki’s facial expression partway through the song is absolutely priceless!


Source: 19 TV Ltd., FremantleMedia North America, Inc. & FOX