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You probably already know this since you’re most likely an active reader of the internet, but tonight is part 1 of the two-part season 13 premiere of American Idol. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are gone, Jennifer Lopez is back, Harry Connick Jr. is in, and Randy Jackson will be the contestants’ mentor instead of a judge like he’s been in the past. So yes, there are a lot of changes in store for season XIII. But honestly, does any of this really matter?!

OK! News: 4 Reasons To Watch American Idol Season 13

American Idol has been around for 13 seasons, guys. People cared a lot during season 1 (so much so that the top two Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini got their own movie), and viewership has been pretty steady for the most part since. But last year’s ratings for season 12, which Candice Glover won, were meh and the finale viewership hit an all-time low. So we’re thinking that maybe, just maybe, people are over this show? Or not so much?

Poll: Vote for American Idol As The Most Anticipated Reality Show of  2014

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But hey, that’s not to say that there aren’t millions of AI fans that are going to tune in tonight and all season long. I mean, new judge Harry Connick Jr. isn’t exactly hard to look at, and the show’s recent changes could put a newer, fresher perspective on the show. But enough chatting—let’s find out which side you’re on in the Great AI Debate of 2014…

Photos: Harry Connick Jr. at the Fox TCA Party

Will you be watching Idol tonight and throughout the season? Tell us below if you’re a die-hard fan forever or kind of not so into it anymore, and be sure to tell us why on Twitter @OKMagazine! Oh, and if you’re part of the former group, be sure to tune into the two-night premiere tonight and tomorrow night starting at 8pm on Fox!

 

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