American Idol is giving you the chance to see the premiere episode of Season 12 a week before its TV release date of Wednesday, January 16 by screening the first episode of the new season in select theaters nationwide.

The 12th season of the reality singing competition features basically an entirely new judging panel that features Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj along with original American Idol judge Randy Jackson. This will be our first look at the new judging panel and our first look at how the judges will interact with each other.

Not only is it a first look at the new season, at the conclusion of the showing there will be an interactive Q&A session with Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. If you can't make it to one of the free showings, you can still participate and see the Q&A portion online at americanidol.com. Questions for the judges can be submitted right now through the American Idol Facebook page and Twitter account.

To see a Texas showing, you'll have to travel a bit, because there are only two theaters participating - one in Dallas and the other in Houston.

Dallas - AMC Northpark 15 at 8687 N. Central Expressway

Houston - AMC Studio 30 at 2949 Dunvale