Ryan Seacrest reveals he was originally considered a judge on American Idol before becoming the longtime host of the singing competition.
During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show Friday, kardashian family executive producer told Clarkson, who won the first season of American Idol in 2002, then-producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick initially heard him on the radio in Los Angeles while they were planning the show and “thought I might be a good fit.” panel to be there with anyone else who joined.”
“I guess Simon [Cowell] was on board and I didn’t know anyone else at the time,” he added. “And I was like, ‘Well, wait a minute. I would love to audition to be a presenter.’ And so I finally auditioned to be a host. And I got the job. So I’m glad I still have this job.”
After signing up as a host when the show started in 2002, Seacrest remained a host for 21 seasons and continued to rise, from the original first three judges, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Cowell, to the latest, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
Although Clarkson continues to wonder what it would be like to see the old Live with Kelly and Ryan co-hosting as a judge, Seacrest said, “The problem is I’m always on auto-host, so I didn’t know I could sit behind my desk and just give feedback. I want to do that, then move on to advertising. ‘Welcome back. How are you?’ …and that is too much.”
voice the coach also asked him how American Idol has changed over the years. the Old E! News The presenter explained that the current contestants have seen so many “success stories” that “they knew they could really become a big star. So now, when they’re 8, 9 years old, they tell me they’re starting to practice for the audition. So when they came of age to audition, they rehearsed.”
Part 21 of American Idol currently airing Sunday and Monday nights on ABC.