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Set your DVR, American Idol fans:

Fox has announced that Season 12 of television’s highest-rated show will debut over two nights in early 2013: Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17.

The series has also unveiled a new promotional photo, courtesy of E! News, which at least makes it look like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are getting along. At least for the 30 seconds it took to snap this picture…

Maddie Poppe Wins American Idol
(ABC)

Are you excited for Season 12? Do you believe Mariah and Nicki were ever angry at each other? Or, like Steven Tyler, do you think it was all contrived for PR’s sake?