Seacrest hosts Idol without barfing; Cat Deely may have substituted

Ryan Seacrest proved he works for his $15 million a year last night by hosting American Idol‘s drawn-out two-hour episode while sick–and he definitely looked like it.

That kept So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deely from showing him up by guest hosting; she was considered along with executive producer and SYTYCD judge Nigel Lythgoe, who hosted the dress rehearsal, according to Deadline, although its report also said the show was “scrambling to find” someone five minutes before the show.

During the episode, which featured songs from Queen and songs the contestants selected themselves, the finalists joked about each other, which was surprisingly amusing–especially Phillip Phillips, whose dry, sarcastic criticism of his fellow competitors was pretty hilarious.

Before Phillip’s second song, Seacrest said that Julianne Hough, who’s dating Seacrest, has a crush on Phillip. The control room cut to a shot of Julianne, who awkwardly tried to duck behind a monitor repeatedly. She looked a little disheveled, and had a gigantic–and I mean gigantic–purse slung over her shoulder, which is apparently what she carries Seacrest around in.

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