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Ryan Seacrest wins a Creative Emmy but not for host; 9,200 at final ‘Idol’ auditions with 65,700 total

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Ryan Seacrest took home an Emmy on the Creative Emmy show last night: his production company created ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” which won best reality program, beating out the likes of “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and “Antiques Roadshow.”

But Seacrest lost to “Survivor” host Jeff Probst yet again for best reality show host. This past season, you could tell he was straining to make things more interesting than they were and frequently failed.

“Idol” lost all other categories, deservedly so given what a dud the past year was:

Best Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Program (Academy Awards), Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing, (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series, (Grammy Awards & Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Concert).

I didn’t go see Maroon 5 opening with Kris Allen last night at Gwinnett Arena. But several of his performances are already online, including this one:

The sixth and final audition city in San Francisco drew 9,200 people. In recent years, “Idol” has gone to seven cities so they’ve scaled back to six.

Here are the six city estimates:

Nashville: 16,000
Milwaukee: 10,000
New Orleans: 6,000
New Jersey/New York: 17,000
Austin: 7,500
San Francisco: 9,200
TOTAL: 65,700

It took me some time but I dug through the archives to find estimates of the seven audition cities from 2009 and attendance at each:

Boston (7,000), Atlanta (9,200), Los Angeles (11,000) Orlando (9,000), Denver (9,000), Dallas (10,000) Chicago (12,000).

TOTAL: 67,200

So year over year, with one less city, “Idol” drew about the same number of people.

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Mercedes S.

August 22nd, 2010
6:23 pm

First! With nothing to say – except, congrats, Bill and Sookie!

Marcie

August 22nd, 2010
7:11 pm

Should’ve gone to see Kris and Maroon 5 last night, Rodney! Kris killed it, and Maroon 5 was fantastic, as always.

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wreckedpizza

August 23rd, 2010
4:27 am

Well, congrats to Ryan for winning something! This past season not included, he has done a job worthy of awards. I am a Survivor/Probst fan but I am not sure Probst has as much on his plate as Seacrest. Seems Ryan should get some love for his work as host at some point.

As for the numbers, hopefully we will get a MUCH better pool of talent for season 10 out of this 65,700 than we were given for AI9.

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2010
7:18 am

See…I still don’t get it. I would have voted for Ryan or Tom because hosting a live show is, imo, way more difficult than anything that’s taped and edited. True, Ryan could have used some editing this past season, but he is still one of the best hosts out there. Tom Bergeron also deserved it more than the Probst guy…as did Cat Deeley.

The thing that bugs me about the Emmy Awards is that they give it to the same people every year….you don’t even need to tune in to see who wins.

Highlander

August 23rd, 2010
7:23 am

Good morning!

We’ve been over this year after year. While Ryan (and the show in general) had a less than stellar season (and that’s being kind), for the Emmy voters to continually award the Emmy to a guy who gets to tape (!) all his stuff is stupy and ignort. :wink:

Number of takes Ryan gets to get it right per show = 1
Number of takes Jeff Probst gets to get it right = who knows?

Highlander

August 23rd, 2010
7:25 am

Bollocks! I was typing my comment, then D beat me to it!

Calling Diana Fans in Columbus

August 23rd, 2010
7:49 am

This is on her facebook page:
DeGarmo If you are in Columbus, OH area, come see me perform for The Sounds of Hope Concert on August 28, 2010 – Choirs, singers and musicians coming together to help revive, regenerate and restore hope in the lives of those who have been touched by cancer. Location: New Birth Christian Ministries, 3745 Refugee Road. Doors ope…n @ 6:00 p.m. Concert starts @ 7:00 p.m. This is a FREE concert. DONATIONS only! (For all you Idol junkies this is YOUR SHOW b/c I will be doing some Idol throwback songs! haha) http://www.christiansovercomingcancer.com

Harriett

August 23rd, 2010
8:30 am

Good morning all. Totally agree re Ryan. Nothing more to add. It has been said very well here–twice!

Rosita

August 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

Not so sure Ryan always gets it right in one take, but he only gets one take, so . . . that should be worth something!

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

Morning, everybody.

Would I be correct in thinking that 65,700 is the total number of people who showed up at the auditions (including family, cheerleaders, etc.) rather than the actual number of people who auditioned?

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

That’s why she’s the queen, Highlander!

wreckedpizza

August 23rd, 2010
9:26 am

Rickster- when are you NOT correct????

wreckedpizza

August 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

And, Idol has cheerleaders? How did I miss them?

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

Happens a lot more often than I’d like to admit, Highlander!

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
9:39 am

Here’s some video talking about Carrie Underwood battling panic attacks:

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ndnsubss&VID=92602

No audio of Carrie, but the video sure is nice.

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

And here’s some video talking about Steven Tyler joining Idol.

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ndnsubss&VID=92599

Unfortunately, there’s both audio AND video!

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

With a brief cameo appearance by Liv. :-)

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

Thanks for the videos, Rickster. “kook factor”?????? Another suggestion that Tyler is there to replace Paula rather than simon.

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2010
9:55 am

Just a warning…the new People has an interview with Fansleazia and she claims she took the pills deliberately. I see another t F-thread coming!

Harriett

August 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

D, I have never labored under any illusion other than Tyler is there to replace Paula. The F-gal knows how to keep her face out there, now doesn’t she?

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
10:09 am

I wish Fantsleasia would convert to a certain religion that requires women to wear head-to-toe clothing with only a mailbox slot for her eyes. :-)

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

If there’s another Fantsleasia thread… I’m boycotting this blog till another thread is posted.

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2010
10:20 am

I’m kinda looking forward to the “give her a break” crowd finding ways to rationalize a suicide attempt over a married man. Should be interesting!

Rosita

August 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

Prediction: yang sanpaku!

Rosita

August 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

Has anybody inspected S. Tyler’s eyeballs?

wreckedpizza

August 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

“Yikes! Everydamnone has abandoned ship…guess this means a WEEK of ‘Tasia threads coming up.”

My prediction from Saturday due to so few comments on the last few threads. Y’know Rodney loves the masses to visit here!

Deirdre

August 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

Both JT and Nana announced that they’d be AWOL this week. Nana went to stay with her dad and JT went to learn about pole dancing…or something like that. ;-)

Rickster

August 23rd, 2010
10:41 am

Enough pre-season. The regular season can’t get here soon enough! :-)

wreckedpizza

August 23rd, 2010
10:43 am

Rickster, I feel the same way about football!

I-Ninjakicksbackmanly

August 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

The cougars might also be in the audition crowds scouting for the next white male boy toy.

kelly&carriefan

August 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

Hey y’all!

D, yes, I’m getting my popcorn and beer ready. It migh turn into a very interesting Monday on Idol-land.

In some better news, Kelly recorded a duet with Jason Aldean for his next album. For those keeping score, that would be country duet # 2. It is called Don’t You Wanna Stay. So, sad, sappy country…can’t wait! ;)

Rodney Ho

August 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

New blog entry! And sorry-I have no choice but to talk about Fantasia. But I did include Kat McPhee for balance.

Rodney Ho

August 23rd, 2010
11:28 am

And Rickster: the numbers are often sort of sketchy to me. Sometimes, Idol stories say “no. registered to audition” while others just say crowd numbers. I hope Idol is being honest and is merely counting people who tried out, not folks who are there as support.

light

August 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

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