“American Idol” history was made on Monday night when, after 17 seasons, host Ryan Seacrest missed his first-ever show after calling in sick. Stepping in was in-house mentor and radio host Bobby Bones, who knows how it feels to compete on a reality talent competition after winning the most recent season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Since the second Top 10 show was recorded weeks ago before the singing competition goes live next week, Ryan opened the show in a taped segment, explaining his absence and saying his signature phrase: “THIS is ‘American Idol!’ ”
But enough about him. How did Bobby do as our host for the evening when the nervous contestants had to perform duets with professionals? Mostly, he kept things moving and stayed out of the way. He injected a bit of humor initially, explaining, “Sadly, Ryan is sick, and I look the most like him so they asked me to fill his shoes tonight.”
Seacrest showed his gratitude after Bobby agreed to fill his shoes by giving him a combination 39th birthday present and thank-y0u gift on April 2 in the form of a pair of red Jordans. While Bobby wasn’t quite able to multi-task and give his usual pep talks and hints to the competitors, he served as a good enough go-between with an easy rapport with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan while not getting into anyone’s way.
Meanwhile, Bones humbly said in a post on the website for his self-titled show on iHeartRADIO that when he got the call to fill in, it felt like someone saying, “Hey, backup quarterback, we need you to jump in for Tom Brady really quick.”
But the ultimate judge on how Bobby Bones did as a hosting sub should rightfully be you the viewers. Take the poll below and leave comments about your impression of how Bobby did and whether the show suffered from Ryan’s absence.