The auditions, both good and bad, are about to be aired as Season 12 of American Idol begins on January 16.

There's a new line-up of judges too. Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will join veteran Randy Jackson for Season 12.

Will you be watching?

I've seen every season of American Idol.  Thank you, DVR!

The early auditions and results shows aren't my favorites, but American Idol still has some great live performances each season.  Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez's version of "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" from last season comes to mind.

I think last season was one of the strongest in overall talent, even though some of the shine has wore off of the American Idol brand.

This seasons new group of judges could give the show a boost or may do just the opposite.  I'll be watching to find out which it is.