Ryan Seacrest denies Idol 9 sucks, explains his behavior: “it’s at the end of my long day”

Increasingly nutty American Idol host Ryan Seacrest explained his behavior, sort of, in an interview with the L.A. Times today.

First, he showed he’s either out of touch or dishonest, saying that this season “certainly wasn’t sleepy up when Michael Lynch was going for that save … I hope that it’s not considered a sleepy season.” He added, “I get all kinds of feedback — nothing really different than years past.”

Really, the same feedback as last year, the year of Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, and Danny Gokey? WTF?

As to his behavior, Seacrest said, “Often, I will playfully do things to amp up the energy for the live show, because it’s at the end of my long day. … It’s one of those things where the contestants change every year, and we’re here every year and every now and then, you throw in an unconventional intro or outro just to make it different. Some people might think it’s funny, other people might not. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s live and you’re at bat and you’re just swinging as many times as you can.”

In other words, he’s bored out of his mind, and instead of looking bored, he’s drawing attention to himself. As to his comments to Simon Cowell and the other judges, he said, “The intent is never to press the judges’ buttons. It’s more like: sometimes I read this right and sometimes I read this wrong, I don’t do everything on that show perfectly because it’s a circus and sometimes you try and use your gut,” he said, adding that Simon’s departure “will be like losing my oxygen. I don’t know what it will be like without him next year. You certainly cannot recreate Simon Cowell.”

Seacrest also said, “But there is no script. The conversation with Adam Lambert? Unscripted. I rehearse only the camera blockings so I know which cameras we’re going to use, but we certainly don’t rehearse any of the antics or any of the craziness that goes on,” he said.

No shit? Does Seacrest really think this nonsense is so great that we’d confuse those moments for scripted, planned material?


Seacrest speaks! Ryan on ‘Idol’s’ past, present and Simon-less future: ‘It’ll be like losing my oxygen’
[L.A. Times]

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