Television's No. 1 show, "American Idol,"
returns for its ninth season when it premieres in January. But can the new crop of "Idols" top last year’s batch? Time will tell, but it's safe to assume that another nail-biting showdown between performers as awesome as Adam Lambert
and Kris Allen
isn't likely. With former judge Paula Abdul
sitting on the sidelines and a star-studded roster of guests on board, all bets are off. We can, however, guarantee that the audition process will still feature its fair share of delusional freaks, and their misguided parents who refuse to be honest with them. Can't wait? Neither can we! Returns in 2010 on FOX