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"American Idol" to Premiere First Episode of the Season in Theaters Jan. 9

Image courtesy of George Holz / FOX (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of George Holz / FOX (via ABC News Radio)

If The Voice and The X Factor have left you flat and you're dying for the new season of American Idol , here's some good news: you'll be able to catch the first episode of the new season a week before it airs on TV. 

Fox is premiering the episode on January 9 in theaters in select cities.  The screening will be followed by a nationwide, interactive Q&A with Ryan Seacrest , Mariah Carey , Randy Jackson , Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban .  The Q&A will be streamed live on AmericanIdol.com and Livestream.com.  You can submit your questions for the host and judges now at the American Idol Facebook page and via Twitter at @AmericanIdol.

To receive free tickets to the premiere screening, log on to IdolRSVP.com and submit your name and contact information.  The show officially returns on Fox January 16.

Here's a list of where you can catch the premiere:

Eastern Time:

Event begins at 7 p.m., with the live Q&A starting at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:

NEW YORK               AMC Empire 25, 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

PHILADELPHIA        AMC Plymouth 12, 494 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

BOSTON                   AMC Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

WASH., D.C.             AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA 22314

ATLANTA                  AMC Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

DETROIT                   AMC Forum 30, 44681 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Central Time:

Event begins at 6 p.m., with the live Q&A starting at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:

CHICAGO                  AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611

DALLAS                     AMC Northpark 15, 8687 N. Central Expressway 3000, Dallas, TX 75225

HOUSTON                 AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale, Houston, TX  77063

NASHVILLE               TBA

Pacific Time:

Event begins at 4:00 p.m., with the live Q&A starting at 5:30 p.m.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:

LOS ANGELES         Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90095

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