FOX has officially announced the dates and times for the premiere of American Idol 2013! We knew we could expect the 12th season to arrive on January 16th and 17th but now we know more.

Here’s what FOX had to say on the 2013 debut of American Idol:

FOX is announcing winter premiere dates for new and returning series, including as previously announced the two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL and the debut of THE FOLLOWING.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring judges MariahCarey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, AMERICAN IDOL makes its Season 12 return on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and, in a special two-hour episode, Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

So we’ll get four hours of American Idol in those first two nights before the show settles in to its rhythm. FOX is also showing the next episode is the following Thursday, January 24th.