New se­ries for Idol host

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

Seacrest has signed a deal to re­main as the host of Amer­i­can Idol. Seacrest, 37, (pic­tured) has agreed to a two-year ex­ten­sion to his con­tract in a ru­moured $US30 mil­lion ($A29.18 mil­lion) deal. He has been in­volved with the US tal­ent show since it first hit TV screens in 2002. ‘‘For the last 11 sea­sons, I’ve had the priv­i­lege to be a part of one of tele­vi­sion’s most iconic shows,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s been a wild ride, and I’m ex­cited for my jour­ney with Amer­i­can Idol to con­tinue. The le­gions of fans, amaz­ingly tal­ented con­tes­tants, judges, and pro­duc­ers, along with the hard work­ing Idol crew, im­press me ev­ery time we go on air and make host­ing the show a dream job.’’ Re­cent spec­u­la­tion had Seacrest fol­low­ing in Si­mon Cow­ell’s foot­steps and leav­ing the show. It was even claimed for­mer judge Cow­ell was ea­ger to sign Seacrest for his ri­val US TV show The X Fac­tor.

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