'American Idol' Back For New Season January 12

Simon Cowell shows off the thumbs up outside Fountain Studios, in Wembley, London, October 30, 2009 Simon Cowell shows off the thumbs up outside Fountain Studios, in Wembley, London, October 30, 2009

“American Idol” will kick off its ninth year with a two-night season premiere in January.

Fox announced Tuesday that the hit singing contest, which last year produced a battle between winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, will return Tuesday, Jan. 12, and Wednesday, Jan. 13.

This year’s big change: Paula Abdul is out as judge and Ellen DeGeneres is in.

Fox also announced that the drama “24” will return with a pair of two-hour episodes airing Jan. 17 and 18, and that “Glee” will take a break after its Dec. 9 episode, returning April 13 to follow “American Idol.”

Before that, the coveted post-“Idol” spot will go “Our Little Genius,” a new series that tests the knowledge of gifted children and debuts Jan. 13.

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