A merican Idol will return for its ninth season with a two-night premiere featuring extraordinary talent and new auditions. Catch the new season from January 15 at 8 p.m. and January 16 at 8.30 p.m. on Star World.

While Ryan Seacrest hosts the auditions, judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will be joined by many guest judges - Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Shania Twain . Simon Cowell recently announced that this would be his final season as a judge on American Idol after which he will move on to produce the American version of X-Files.

Participants who pass the auditions phase go to the “Hollywood Round”. There, stand-up comedienne Ellen DeGeneres joins Simon, Randy and Kara as they continue to winnow down the competitors to a select group of performers who will get to sing their hearts out.

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