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American Idol is back!

American Idol, my annual obsession will be back in a few days and I cannot wait. This year, we will get to see a brand new judging panel (with old-timer Randy) and never have we seen someone as big (figuratively) as Mariah Carey sign up for half a year of judging duties.

The ratings have been declining year after year due to some factors like competition from other talent shows like The Voice and X Factor. Others point to a possible talent show fatigue and even competition from the Internet's universe of user generated content. So last year, Idol promised a major shakeup in the format and the execution that will give Idol a fresh new spin.

The show may have already lost a lot of fans but I remain on Team Idol. Somehow, I feel that I've been a part of its hstory haha. I still support its alumni, because I somehow watched them develop and blossom into artists.

American Idol Season 12 will premiere in the Philippines on January 17 and 18, Thursday and Friday and we can watch it on ETC and Star World. Not sure of the exact time but if we follow the last three year's schedules, it should be at 6pm, replaying at 8pm (And a lot of replays on weekends).

Will there be another Pinoy in this edition? I have a feeling that Idol is intentionally casting Pinoys because of the show's popularity in the country. Meanwhile, let's revisit something I wrote for Rappler during the American Idol 11 finals season:

10 Memorable Pinoy moments on American Idol