American Idol is back for its twelfth season and last night, the show aired its NYC auditions for its premiere!
New judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban made their debut, as Randy Jackson, the veteran of the bunch, returned to his familiar role!
By now, we’re all used to the format and formula and last night was no exception. The premiere had its share of sob stories, HIGHlarious auditioners and of course, some actual talent.
One hopeful in particular, Sarah Restuccio, belted out a Carrie Underwood number… and then BLEW the panel away with her rendition of Mz. Minaj’s Super Bass!
Check out Sarah’s audition (above)!!
Another singer with some beautiful vocals was Ashlee Feliciano, who the judges all seemed to take a liking to!
Then of course we had James Bae, or as he was referred to as, the Asian Justin Bieber and Gurpreet Singh Sarin — the Turbanator!
Take a look at their must-see auditions from last night… AFTER THE JUMP!!!
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