Entertainment TV 'American Idol' Returns! Are You Watching? By People Staff Published on January 15, 2008 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Paula, Simon, Randy and Ryan are all back for season 7 of American Idol. And so are the amazing, undiscovered talents — and the kooky Idol wannabes! In fact, more than 100,000 auditioned. Were there any potential Idol contenders discovered on the first night in Philadelphia? Did any of the hopeful contestants inspire you with their story? Which of the wacky auditions made you laugh? Which ones made you cringe? What did you think of the premiere episode? Tell us: Are you excited about the return of Idol?