'American Idol': 12 Things To Thank The Singing Competition For

01/16/2013 08:37 am ET | Updated Jan 16, 2013

"American Idol" is entering its 12th season on Fox and viewers have a lot to thank the reality series for.

"American Idol" has also given us an Oscar winner, a new generation of divas, the Kardashian family franchise -- yes, we can blame thank "Idol" for them -- and the ability to call a performance "a little pitchy."

Click through the slideshow below for the 12 things viewers can thank "American Idol" for.

"American Idol" Season 12 premieres on Wednesday, January 16 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

12 Things To Thank American Idol For

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