I still remember watching the very first season of American Idol and watching it come down to Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini and watching Kelly Clarkson ultimately winning the inaugural season of what has become a phenomenon!

The American Idol machine  has been cranking out some very memorable moments during the audition process too. You can't forget about William Hung or even last year's sensation General Larry Platt with his song "Pants On The Ground"!

I for one am looking forward to seeing all the "free spirits" audition for this 10th season and seeing what kind of changes Nigel Lythgoe has in store for the show.  Along with the introduction of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and record executive Jimmy Iovine to the judges table along with Randy Jackson.  I'm wondering who's gonna jump in (or try to jump in to) Simon Cowell's role and take stabs back and forth with Ryan Seacrest.

Well, the 10th season of American Idol kicks off Wednesday @ 7p on Fox 51.