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Ryan Seacrest: The one 'American Idol' certainty

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Image Credit: FoxIn all the American Idol judges panel replacement casting hoo-hah this week — I hear it’s gonna be J.Lo! I hear it’s gonna be Harry Connick Jr.! I hear it’s a gonna be a set of Sonny and Cher salt-and-pepper shakers! — the one question no one is asking is: Does Ryan Seacrest still have a job? Well, that’s because Seacrest signed a new contract last summer for three years of Idol hosting at the princely sum of $15 million a pop.

Despite being debatably the hardest working guy in showbiz, he shows no outward signs of fatigue when it comes to the karaoke juggernaut. His easy professionalism and unflappable calm have negotiated the Idol ship past plenty of obstacles over the years, and since surviving the show’s first casting shakeup — the removal of his wonder twin, Dunkleman, after season 1 — Seacrest has so intricately woven his cypher of a personality into the fabric of the show that it’s nearly impossible to imagine anyone else in the job.

Then again, we thought that about Simon Cowell, too.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Would Idol even be watchable without Ryan? Will it benefit from having him serve as a holdover (quite possibly along with Randy Jackson, though that isn’t yet confirmed) from the original regime?

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