This is a good thing, though. Based on the preview of next week's New York and Chicago audition episodes shown in 11 theaters around the country Wednesday night, every time either of them gets out of hand, a producer will cut to the the other, looking witheringly dismissive. Bottom line: Nobody's going to be able to get away with the kind of prattle we've seen in past seasons.
Even better: All three of the new judges -- Minaj, Carey and Keith Urban -- are more expressive than the ones they're replacing. Minaj can say as much just by widening her eyes as Simon Cowell could with any of his well-rehearsed barbs. She's also smart, in a way reminiscent of -- believe it or not -- Dolly Parton. You can just imagine Minaj saying something like, "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap." But, like Parton, she hides a savvy business mind underneath the Barbie-doll makeup and anime-cosplay hair color.
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‘American Idol’ Preview: Season 12 Just May Be ‘The Nicki Minaj Show’
"American Idol" Season 12 doesn't officially begin until January 16, and it remains to be seen if this upcoming season will uncover/discover a new singing superstar of Clarkson- or Underwood-esque proportions. But judging from a 45-minute "Idol" preview that screened in 11 locations across the nation on Wednesday, January 9--a full week before the Fox network's premiere--Season 12 may already have a breakout star: the one and only Her Minajesty, Nicki Minaj.
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