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Season 12 of American Idol premieres tonight, and judges Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj think this season will be the year when a girl will finally break the string of male winners.
"I think it’s the girls’ year,” Jackson told People. "There are some talented boys, but I must say, I think the girls could really win one. We haven't had a girl winner in so long."
Minaj, who will make her debut as a judge tonight along with Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, agrees with Jackson, who has been with the show since its first season.
"The girls are exceptional. I mean, a girl will definitely win this year, I think," Minaj said.
New judges and the possibility of a girl winner - a guy has won the show the past five seasons - won’t be the only changes this season will bring, however.
Newsday reports that the show will have a Top 10 this year instead of the usual Top 12 or 13, as well as possibly revealing voting statistics for every contestant each week. The show also took it upon themselves to seek singers who were too shy to audition by sending producers to small towns, as well as allowing friends to nominate people they thought would be good for the show.
American Idol will kick off season 12 with a two-night premiere Wednesday and Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.