“I always just wanted to do a good job,” declares Ryan Seacrest about hosting “American Idol” host for 15 seasons in Fox’s new Emmy Awards FYC video (watch above). “This is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. This show has changed my life forever. This show has opened so many doors for me. This show has been so significantly special. It’s been something that I’m so proud of.”
As judges and contestants came and went over the reality show’s decade-and-a-half on the air, Seacrest remained a constant for all 15 seasons. In the featurette, Jennifer Lopez reflects, “I remember when I first started the show, thinking, ‘This is Ryan Seacrest’s show.’ He runs this show. He just navigated everything so beautifully and so seamlessly.”
Former panelists Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Keith Urban and creator Simon Fuller also shower the host with praises in the video retrospective. But despite all the love for Seacrest, this seven-time Best Reality Host nominee shockingly has never taken home an Emmy for “American Idol.” However, he did win a trophy in 2010 for producing “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
Can Seacrest stage an Emmy coup now that he’s contending in this category for the farewell season? He faces off against two-time reigning champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), previous winners Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”), Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), and fresh faces RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and Steve Harvey (“Little Big Shots”).
Gold Derby writer Amanda Spears notes about Seacrest’s chances, “His submission to Emmy judges is the ‘Kelly Clarkson Week’ episode where the Top 10 performed. When the show’s iconic inaugural winner sings near the end of the episode, Seacrest is given the perfect opportunity to showcase what he does best — putting the contestants at ease. As everyone, including himself, begins to cry Seacrest rushes to Clarkson’s side to comfort her. Of all of the reality hosts nominated, his episode tugs the most at the heartstrings.”
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