As American Idol prepares to launch Season 12 this week, it's time to take a look at 2012 in review.

Here are links to a series of blogs during just that.

The best and worst of singing shows in 2012.

The best videos by former Idol contestants from 2012.

The best albums by former Idol contestants from 2012.

The best songs by former Idol contestants from 2012.

Special awards to a deserving few from singing shows in 2012, including best singing show performance of the year.

Check them out and come back Wednesday for live blogging on American Idol Season 12.