updated 01/16/2013 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/16/2013 AT 11:00 PM ET
American Idol is back!
Season 12 premiered Wednesday night with the first auditions in New York City. And fans hoping to get a taste of drama from new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were not disappointed.
“Right away we knew it was going to be an interesting couple of days,” host Ryan Seacrest said at the start of the two-hour episode.
And he was right. (Spoilers ahead!) While fellow newbie Keith Urban and veteran judge Randy Jackson were all about the business of finding talented singers, there was immediate tension between Carey and Minaj, who wore a drum major’s hat to her first day on the job.
“We can have accessories?” Carey said disapprovingly after taking her seat at the panel. “I didn’t know that was allowed.”