01/17/2013 12:56 am ET Updated Jan 17, 2013

'American Idol' Premiere: Did Mariah Carey Or Nicki Minaj Win The Duel Of The Divas? (VIDEO)

The new season of "American Idol" is upon us, and it delivered on exactly what has been promised in all the hype. New judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey were arguing and bickering from the opening minute until the bitter end. Fellow new judge Keith Urban was almost completely overshadowed by the two women surrounding him.

For the most part, the contestants were, too. It's likely that more people will remember various comments, accents and gestures made by Mariah and Nicki before they remember anything about the young hopefuls who stood before the panel and showed what they had.

It's not to say there wasn't some talent, but it wasn't as dynamic and exciting as one would expect from New York City. Nevertheless, 40 hopefuls made it through, and the judges seemed to be finding a sort of rhythm by the end of the second day. But with all they hype over the dueling divas, it looks to keep being contentious through the audition rounds.

USA Today sided with Minaj in Day 1 of their feud, saying that she stole the spotlight and presented a clear vision of what she was looking for in a winner, as well as showing a compassionate heart. And while The Atlanta-Journal Constitution agreed that the judges brought pizzazz to the panel, will it be enough to lift the flagging series' ratings?

What did you think of the new judges? Season 12 of "American Idol" rolls on, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

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