Fox Announces American Idol Two-Night Premiere on January 16 and 17

American Idol 2013 will kick off with a four-hour premiere week beginning Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday January 17.

“FOX is announcing winter premiere dates for new and returning series, including as previously announced the two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL and the debut of THE FOLLOWING, new psychological thriller premieres January 21.”

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, AMERICAN IDOL makes its Season 12 return on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and, in a special two-hour episode, Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).