Fox confirmed that Ryan Seacrest will continue as host of “American Idol” at least through 2014 and season 13. He has been there since the beginning.
Hollywood Reporter says it’s worth $15 million a year, the same as his last contract.
Despite the fact Seacrest has his own production company, his E! News duties, a role on “The Today Show” during the Olympics and his morning radio show, he is sticking with what got him there in the first place.
The Dunwoody High School grad, who has taken the throne left by the late great Dick Clark, was expected to return so this news is not a surprise.
In the press release:
“Ryan has been with AMERICAN IDOL from the very first day. I can’t imagine the show without him,” stated creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “He is the consummate host and an exemplary professional. Having Ryan continue to be a part of the AMERICAN IDOL family is great news for everyone.”
And alluding to how easy Ryan makes a very difficult job look (as opposed to, say, poor, hapless Steve Jones), Fox reality show president Mike Darnell said he is “one of a kind…His ability to engage the viewers, keep the contestants at ease during intense moments and adapt to any situation, especially during the live shows, solidifies him as the absolute best in the business.”
“American Idol” and the South have gone hand in hand over the years.
Kelly Clarkson. Ruben Studdard. Clay Aiken. Taylor Hicks. Fantasia. Kellie Pickler. Chris Daughtry. Scotty McCreery. Lauren Alaina. This part of the country draws the singers and the voters.
This year is no different.
Seven of the top 13 had Southern ties. Of the remaining top 6, five have Southern ties. Only Jessica Sanchez is a West Coast girl.
Elise Testone grew up in New Jersey, went to school in Charleston, S.C. so we’ll take her. Joshua Ledet is a Louisiana native. Phillip Phillips is from Leesburg here in south Georgia. Skylar Laine is from Mississippi. Hollie Cavanagh has British roots but lives in Texas.
I decided to look at the entire 131 contestants who have made the finals of “American Idol.” We will count the South as Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Misssissippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana South Carolina and North Carolina.
The percentage from those states: 48%.
Even if I exclude, Oklahoma (which is probably more Midwest and includes just Carrie Underwood), that drops to 47%. Some don’t consider Texas part of the true South. Drop that, and it falls to 40%.
In any case, it’s a disproportionate number considering in any given year, only two out of the seven or so audition cities are in the South.
We’ve done stories before on why this is. Theories abound. The church-going background of many Southern singers. The down-home likability of Southern contestants. The fact “Idol” has done better ratings wise in the South and probably gets more votes from that region. I’d say it’s a little bit of everything.
- The 25th anniversary Fox show Sunday featured a 3 minute clip about “Idol.” It made me feel extremely nostalgic, having lived through virtually every minute shown on screen:
Here’s a little radio airplay update:
Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” is still rising but is stuck at No. 8 and other singles are moving up faster. This could become the first single of hers that has not gone top 2. Then again, other times with other songs (think ‘Mama’s Song” in particular), momentum slowed, only to pick up later. So we’ll see.
Casey James’ “Let’s Don’g Call It a Night” is now at No. 20 on the Mediabase 24/7 country airplay chart but I don’t see much more upside there. At No. 35, Lauren Alaina’s “Georgia Peaches” is falling after peaking at 31. And Kelly Clarkson’s country version of “Mr. Know It All” (which I prefer) is at No. 41, rising quickly. Kellie Pickler’s “100 Proof” is now at No. 58.
Clarkson’s “Stronger” is down to No. 5 after peaking at No. 1 but remains No. 1 on the Hot AC. Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself” is down to 22 after peaking at 16. Daughtry’s “Outta My Head” is at No. 35 with Carrie’s “Good Girl” at 36.
On the urban chart, Jennifer Hudson’s “Think Like a Man” peaked at 20 and is now at 19 at urban AC. Ruben Studdard’s “June 28 (I’m Single)” peaked at No. 16 on that chart.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk