"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.