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Since it premiered in 2002, American Idol has been responsible for launching the careers (and dashing the dreams) of many aspiring pop stars; it’s also created something that the American public was excited about voting for. Now entering its thirteenth season, the reality TV show is back with a whole new gaggle of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood wannabes ready to belt their hearts out in hopes of finding fame.

Idol fans can experience the premiere of the show in person tonight at a special free screening and follow-up satellite Q&A with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. at the AMC Highlands Ranch 24, 103 West Centennial Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. American Idol XIII premieres at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4. RSVPs are required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; submit yours at idolrsvp.com.
Tue., Jan. 14, 4 p.m., 2014

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