American Idol Premiere: Who Stood Out?

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You may not believe it, but American Idol Season 12 isn't solely about the feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

There were actual contestants hoping to make it big on last night's premiere. No, really!

And four separated themselves from the very early pack, starting with Tenna Torres, a major Carey fan who actually attended Camp Mariah many years ago:

Then there was Frankie Ford, someone who sings for change in the subway system. But maybe he'll be singing for a lot more in a few weeks:

Angela Miller, meanwhile, actually has 60% less hearing than most people. But you would never know it based on this audition:

Finally, we see big things ahead for Ashlee Feliciano. Just listen to her version below of Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On."

WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT FROM THE OPENING NIGHT OF AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]