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American Idol, Randy Jackson, Kara Dioguardi, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell

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It's that time again...

The eighth season of American Idol came roaring out of our TV sets Tuesday night, prompting the usual shock and awe—we're shocked by how high some freak flags fly and in awe of how excited we are to begin this ride all over again.

At first we wondered what was in store, now that there are four judges and who knows how Paula Abdul really feels about that. But as it turns out, the so-called changes were few.

The contestants now have two judges calling them "honey" and "sweetie" in an effort to soften the you-don't-have-what-it-takes blow, but other than that... Randy Jackson still manages to say it all by saying nothing but "yo," "wow" and "100 million percent yes" and Simon Cowell is the one who says interesting stuff. (And his vote apparently counts more, because at one point he rendered moot a 2-2 tie.)

But we want to know if you're excited about Idol's return and who you've got your eye on. Yes, after just two hours of largely embarrassing, stomach-churning auditions...Who do you like?

American Idol Premiere Poll
The season is young, but what revved your Idol engine tonight?
32.1
8.9
34.2
24.8