Despite a rumor last year that the face of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest, might be getting the heave-ho ala Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, he is apparently there to stay (at least for the foreseeable future).
And, much like everyone and his brother has done, Ryan weighed in on who he’d like to see at the judges table for American Idol 2014. According to the affable host, he’d love to see his old buddy and known curmudgeon Simon Cowell back. He knows that the acerbic Brit has commitments with The X-Factor, but a guy can dream.
"To have a chance to spar with him again on live national television would be heaven," Seacrest told Access Hollywood. "He really is a great guy. He's the best at that job. He is the best at the judging job."
While rumors of Keith Urban making a return to the judges table are still out there with nothing confirmed yet, Ryan also sang his praises in a big way. He called Keith “one of the best guitar players in the world,” going on to say that he is “one of the most down-to-earth, greatest guys I have ever met.” Wow!
And, like us, Ryan thinks that the show should go back to its original judges format, with three people at the table instead of four.
"I mean look, when we had four it was fine. My opinion would be three. It makes for a faster moving show," Ryan told Access Hollywood. "Of course, they don't really care what I think, but I think three would make for faster moving show."
If anyone knows how to run that show like a well-oiled machine, it’s Ryan, so we think he’s onto something. Let’s put Ryan in charge!
For anyone who went into a flop sweat like us at the thought of Ryan leaving the show, worry not. He told Access Hollywood, “I’d like to do it [American Idol] as long as they’d like to have me.”
Would you like to have Simon back? And what are your thoughts on three judges at the table?