'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest greets contestants at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday August 26, 2011
Fox's mega-hit "American Idol" had thousands of hopeful singers lined up at audition cities all across the nation to be heard by judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
During the two night premiere, these dream chasing ladies and gentlemen will get their swag on in hopes of scoring the golden ticket to Hollywood. Check out these photos of season 11 contestants.
Season 11 of "American Idol" premieres Wednesday, January 18, at 8 p.m. on Fox.