Goodness gracious! We're back. Season 13 of "American Idol" is here and it's time to get our first look at the judging panel featuring Jennifer "Where's Steven Tyler At?" Lopez, Keith "Don't Accidentally Call Me Karl" Urban and Harry "The Savior" Connick Jr.
We're starting off with auditions from Boston and Austin, which were either selected for the premiere because the cities rhyme or because FOX likes to foreground the best audition episodes. Two years ago on "Idol," if you'll recall, I declared Phillip Phillips the "American Idol" winner during that first audition episode. And this year, with "X Factor," FOX fooled me into committing to the full season by putting Alex & Sierra into that premiere.
So if tonight's premiere is horrible, that's a wicked bad sign. If it's awesome, however, don't make any grand, sweeping pronouncements about "Idol" being back. Anything can happen!
With that in mind, for the first time since the very first season, FOX made the *full* first audition episode available to critics early. Very early. If it were awful, they would not have don't that. So I'm hopeful and that's what I'm recapping off of, so the time code is screener time code and not airing time code.
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