The Road to 'American Idol' Season 12 -- In 7 Clicks (PHOTOS)
New judges, and feuds and Seacrest, oh my!
Season 12 of American Idol hasn't even premiered yet, and already there's been a slew of drama.
The biggest event, of course, happened on Oct. 3, when video footage leaked of new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj going at it after an audition. Among the insults Minaj fired at Carey: "If I had a gun, I would shoot her." Yep.
But, if you can believe it, that wasn't the only bump along the way. In fact, from the second season 11 ended, fans of the top-rated reality program had to buckle their seatbelts as old judges left, Ryan Seacrest signed another deal and everyone wondered what the heck would happen to the show's only remaining original judge, Randy Jackson.
Need a refresher on American Idol season 12, which kicks off at long last on Wednesday at 8PM ET?
Have a look through the gallery, above, to see this season's seven biggest news stories so far.