Ryan Seacrest has been hosting American Idol since 2002. Yes, you read that right. Seacrest has been hosting the show since forever, and the reason for this is because he’s so brilliant in what he does.
The executive producers of the show, Trish Kinane and Megan Michaels Wolflick also couldn’t agree more with this statement. Kinane recently remembered a moment that illustrates just how good Ryan is.
“In Season 14, the contestants were all sitting on the stage watching the other people perform and Joey Cook was voted out and was about to go home. She was a good friend of Quentin Alexander and he said, ‘No, I can’t believe this. No, that’s not right. That’s not right,’” Kinane said. “Harry Connick Jr. said, ‘Well, hang on. What do you mean? Are you criticizing the show, because it’s America that voted?’ We were about to go to commercial break. Ryan could have said, ‘Oh well, it’s all kicking off here on Idol. We’ll see you after the break.’ He didn’t, because he’s so smart. He said, ‘Hold it a minute. Let’s stop. Let’s not go to the break. Quentin, what’s your problem? Come over here and talk to Harry.’ And he came over and talked to Harry, who said, ‘Don’t criticize this show. It’s very disrespectful.’ And Quentin replied, ‘No, I wasn’t criticizing the show. I’m just upset my friend went home.’ And Ryan let that breathe and then went to the commercial break. It was absolutely brilliant. It was a real moment and he knew how to do that and he knew he could do it and not upset the rest of the show. That shows how hard hosting the show is but if you’re really good, you can do that with confidence.”
As a host, he is doing a fantastic job, but that doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with the results he reads during the show! After Seacrest announced the voters’ decision on the Top 10 contestants, Maddie Poppe hopped on Twitter to share her strong opinions.
The winner of the season 16 was shocked after she learned that Uche’s dance moves and performance of Bruno Mars’ Finesse didn’t win him a seat at the winners’ table! Luckily for Maddie and Uche, Lionel Richie felt the same way and saved him from being eliminated that night.
“Lionel threw a curve ball right before the end of the show, but I think we have a fantastic Top 10,” Ryan Seacrest said and added, “the judges picked the right three to save.” Besides Uche, Dimitrius Graham, and Alyssa Raghu were saved as well.
But that wasn’t all the drama that happened that night on the American Idol! While Katy Perry sent Alyssa Raghu to the Top 10, it was another performer her fiance, movie star Orlando Bloom, wanted to save.
“He was texting me and telling me who to save!” the “Chained to the Rhythm singer confessed after the show. “He was like, ‘You better save Dimitrius Graham, and I was like, ‘Don’t worry! We got this one.'”
After the Top 10 drama comes the tribute night, this time it was to one of the most iconic bands ever, Queen. In the episode, each contestant took a song from the legendary Queen catalog, with a little help from another American Idol alumnus and Grammy-nominated artist Adam Lambert, who was celebrity guest mentor.
Since he first appeared on American Idol in 2009, Lambert has released four albums and he appeared in numerous hit TV series.
America Chose Top 8
It was Disney Night on American Idol and everything was possible. The magic started with the judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie marching and singing Heigh-Ho from Disney’s Snow White.
Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest kicked-off the night with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. However, it was almost impossible to outdo Katy Perry, who was dressed as Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
Before the singing began, Ryan Seacrest explained that voting would happen in real time and that two contestants were at risk of leaving at the end of the night. Also, the “save” can only be used once and the judges must use it unanimously.
This time, the in-house coach was actress Rebel Wilson, who led the contestants through their Disney adventure. Carrie Underwood was also present in a way – she wished the remaining performers good luck! But that’s not all; Lea Michele joined the Top 10 for a special performance of Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid and last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang A Whole New World from Aladdin.
Uche was the first to perform and he sang I 2 I from A Goofy Movie. Richie, who saved Uche in the last episode, had a few lovely words for him, “Uché, I love you and you can’t do any wrong. The truth is, the song wasn’t that familiar, and that’s OK. I don’t care about that. The point is, you’re a performer, and I’m going to lean on that as long as I live. You know how to take ‘Three Blind Mice’ and turn it into something where I go, ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing.’”
Laci Kaye Booth sang I See the LIght from Tangled and the judges definitely felt her magic. “You’re becoming a Disney princess in front of our eyes. You just have an incredible knack to make every song yours and your subtle delivery is so real and so honest,” Luke Bryan said.
Now it was time for Alejandro Aranda to shine. Aranda’s performance of Remember Me from Coco got Katy Perry very emotional, “I just love you so much. I think that everything that you do is so heartfelt and I can feel the emotion always coming out of you. Whatever happens, I will remember you forever and you’ll never be forgotten. I think this has been an incredible journey for you and I think this is just the beginning.”
Alyssa Raghu, who was saved by Katy Perry in the last episode of Idol, performed Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. As it turned out, Katy made a good decision. “Way to come out here and fight after surviving last week. You’re going to be in the music business, you’re fighting every week of your life anyway, so get used to it and make it happen like you did on the stage tonight,” Luke said.
It’s hard to imagine a Disney Night without Toy Story. Wade Cota reminded of this amazing movie from the nineties with his performance of You’ve Got a Friend In Me. The judges loved him. “What I’m loving about you is I think we’re noticing you’re having fun. You’re a star. You have that identifiable voice. In less than five seconds, we know. That’s what you look for in this business. The sky is the limit,” Lionel Richie said.
After Cota, Dimitrius Graham performed You’ll Be In My Heart from Tarzan. “I saved him. I saved him. I saved him. We have really picked your voice apart on this show and in your performances we’ve heard little notes that you’ve missed along the way. You did not miss one note on a very, very challenging song,” Luke said.
Walker Burroughs sang When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2 and he definitely impressed the judges, especially Luke Bryan, “I hope America understands how difficult it is to do what you just did. To play piano, to hit the notes, to twin notes on the piano with what you’re singing. There were chords that I don’t even know how you’re hitting them and you’re 20-years-old, and it’s something that a seasoned veteran does and you just did them here in front of millions of people.”
Next on the list was Madison VanDenburg who performed How Far I’ll Go from Moana. Once again, Madison did an amazing job, and judges noticed. “All I’m going to say to you is, what was that last note because that was the stratosphere of notes. I love you so much. The talent is so amazing,” Richie said.
And finally, Laine Hardy performed Oo-De-Lally from Robin Hood. “Remember when I said you could win it this time?,” Katy Perry asked Hardy. “Don’t not believe that.”
After the final votes were submitted, America chose the Top 8. Laine Hardy, Madison VanDenburg, Alejandro Aranda, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Walker Burroughs, Laci Kaye Booth, Wade Cota and Alyssa Raghu made the cut. Unfortunately for Dimitrius Graham and Uche, the judges decided to save their “save” for the next time, which meant the end of the competition for these two guys.
Live with Kelly and Ryan Grows Week to Week by Double Digits
During the first week of April, Live with Kelly and Ryan grew by 10% in Households and by 11% with Women 25-54! This is a great success for the show and for Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa, but it’s not so surprising. After all, the two co-hosts are famous for nurturing a great relationship with their viewers and their audience.
One of them is also Sabrina Hintz of Pewaukee, who has been watching Live for almost 25 years! Last month, she finally had the chance to meet her idol, Kelly Ripa and even swap places with her (thanks to Ryan Seacrest)!
Sabrina and her husband went to New York for the spring break and managed to get the tickets for her favorite show. On the day of the show, Hintz was chosen to compete in a dance off, and she won! “I was freaking out,” she said, “This is a dream come true.”
Sabrina also shared a few kind words about Ripa. “I just admire her so much for her marriage, the way she’s a great mom and does her job so well,” she said.
But then something amazing happened. Ryan Seacrest invited Hintz over to the desk to meet Ripa. Ripa then gave Sabrina her seat and let her do the rest of the segment with Seacrest, while she took over dancing duties!
And that’s why people love watching Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.
Diplo Responds to Ryan Seacrest’s DM
In case you thought you’re the only one who has a hard time waiting for people to respond on social media, Ryan Seacrest is here to tell you that you are not alone. After deciding that they would love to have Diplo in-studio, the On Air With Ryan Seacrest crew taught Ryan how to DM him on Instagram. But then they realized that Diplo wasn’t following Seacrest on IG!
This meant that Ryan’s DM would be lost and Diplo would never have the chance to respond. Seacrest then remembered that he has Diplo’s phone number and he didn’t have to DM him at all.
Luckily for everyone, Beata, KIIS FM music director, messaged Diplo to respond to Ryan Seacrest. “I sent a text and was like ‘Hey, you’re not following Ryan on Instagram.’ And he’s like ‘OMG, I’ll follow him. PS, I love him.’ And I was like ‘OK, great,'” Beata shared on-air on Thursday, April 25. “And then he goes, ‘OK, wait, he’s got my number — we work out at the same gym.’”
This funny situation led to Ryan admitting that he has a tendency to add numbers into his phone without the proper ID. “I couldn’t remember what his real name was in my contacts and I didn’t put it in under Diplo so I had to ask Tanya and Sisanie what’s his real name, which is Thomas, but he’s not in there under Thomas and then there’s Wesley and he’s not in there under Wesley,” Ryan explained. “I was at the gym; He wasn’t Diplo to me, he was a guy at the gym.”
And when he’s not working out with Diplo or hosting American Idol, Ryan Seacrest is being a genius. This time, Ryan intrigued his fans with a theory and mystery surrounding Taylor Swift’s upcoming album called TS7.
Seacrest thinks that there is a link between Tay Tay’s new album and Avengers: Endgame. As a pop culture specialist, Ryan Seacrest came up with a theory that connects Swift with Robert Downey Jr and the rest of the Marvel Universe stars.
The American Idol host says that Taylor’s seventh album links to Avengers: Endgame because, “Thanos has total control of the universe with his six infinity stones and his one infinity gauntlet. That’s the same as how Taylor Swift controls our universe with her seven albums.”
Ryan Seacrest Production to Produce Scott Disick’s Show
There’s a large portion of Keeping Up With the Kardashians fans who love Scott Disick. Luckily for them, it was recently announced that Lord Disick would have his own show on E! This summer.
The show called Flip It Like Disick will give the viewers a lot of insight into how Scott Disick renovates and flips luxury houses. Willa Ford, a former pop singer who now does interior design, will join Scott on the show, as well as contractor Miki Moor and Disick’s business partner Benny Luciano and his wife, realtor Kozet Luciano.
While this show won’t be filled with the usual Kardashian drama, it will be produced by Kris Jenner, Ryan Holcomb, Jason Goldberg, and Lori Gordon. Also, many fans are very excited that Ryan Seacrest will also be helping to produce the show.
Ryan Seacrest to Host Met Gala 2019 and Wango Tango
Just like every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts will throw its iconic Met Gala on the first Monday in May. Of course, the Met Gala theme will correspond to a museum exhibit of the same name; this year it’s Camp: Notes on Fashion, inspired by Susan Sontag’s famous Notes on Camp essay.
And just like every year, no awards show would be complete without Ryan Seacrest talking to celebrities on the red carpet! E! is coming through with Live From the Red Carpet: The 2019 Met Gala special on Monday, May 6, with Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic starting at 5 PM ET.
And on the West Coast, people are getting ready for Wango Tango! “Wango Tango has been one of Los Angeles’s must-see events, bringing today’s biggest artists together on one stage for an unforgettable evening,” John Ivey, President of CHR Programming Strategies for iHeartMedia and KIIS FM said.
Wango Tango will be held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in LA and hosted by Ryan Seacrest. This year, the Jonas Brothers will open the festival and many top-40 stars will follow, including Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Zedd, Tyga, and most recently added, Taylor Swift!