The phrase “Kieran dim the lights” will be forever burned into the minds of ‘American Idol’ fans. Ryan points his finger skyward, the spotlights drop and the studio turns dark. Every ‘American Idol’ loyal viewer knows that “Kieran dim the lights” means that it’s time to eliminate a contestant, although no one really knew who Kieran was. The same goes for his coined phrase “Seacrest out.” Whatever he does, one thing is for sure; without Seacrest, ‘Idol’ wouldn’t be the same and no one recognizes this better than his fans.
In 2016, when ‘American Idol’ signed off, Seacrest got an Emmy nomination after two years of snubs. The nomination was a goodbye hug from Seacrest’s fans and Emmy voters. Two years later, people are thanking Ryan for his good work the same way! Now that ‘Idol’ is back, TV academy members might feel the same and welcome him back in the form of his 8th Emmy nomination.
Ryan Seacrest’s Long History With Emmy Nominations
TV presenter and media mogul has been nominated in the category of Best Reality Host seven times before, from 2008 to 2013 and in 2016 when the show ended its run on FOX. This year, Seacrest will be back on the Emmy ballot in his category for his work on the ABC reboot of the popular franchise.
Since the ‘American Idol’ first premiered in 2002, Ryan Seacrest made a household name and he has become one of television and radio’s most popular faces. The nomination in this or any other category is, therefore, no surprise for him.
Also, until today, Seacrest has been nominated for 14 Primetime Emmy Awards. As mentioned, he received seven bids for hosting ‘American Idol,’ and he earned an additional five nominations as part of the team credited for Best Reality-Competition Program for the same TV show. Ryan was nominated consecutively from 2003 to 2007 and received two more nominations for Best Reality Program as a producer of “Food Revolution.” These two nominations won him his only Primetime statue in 2010.
But that’s not all! Ryan also won Best Special Class Special in 2006 for the “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade.” He was nominated three more times for the same program from 2007 to 2009. Seacrest’s rich history with Emmy nominations doesn’t end here either. His latest nomination came in 2018 for co-hosting “Live” with his dear friend and colleague Kelly Ripa.
Keeping Up With Ryan Seacrest
Throughout the 16 seasons of ‘American Idol,’ there have been many judges and contestants who participated in the show. Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Katy Perry, these are just some of the famous names who went through ‘Idol.’ While the popular franchise had two co-hosts in the beginning (Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman), the only thing that has always remained the same was Ryan.
When Ryan returned for the season 16, it provided a familiar face for the ABC reboot. With all the other changes in the show, Seacrest allowed his loyal viewers to feel like they were still returning to a classic. One of Ryan’s top qualities has always been his ability to keep his cool through the most unpredictable situations. One of these situations was Katy Perry speaking her own language with the contestants. Many people would agree that not everyone could deal with this as professionally as Seacrest did.
This year, Ryan seemed more comfortable in his role than ever. He guided Katy Perry and new judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan through many challenges. But Seacrest didn’t only talk to the judges during the show; he also sang with them! We got to hear him chime in during a performance of Richie’s classic hit, “Hello,” and while it was short, Ryan kept it sweet.
It’s no surprise that Ryan Seacrest made such a successful comeback after all. As an award-winning creative entrepreneur, Ryan holds preeminent positions as a host and producer in broadcast, cable TV and radio. His entrepreneurial skills have led to his involvement in many different entertainment companies while being focused on youth-oriented initiatives. And let’s not forget that his philanthropic efforts have a nationwide impact.
Finally, while we don’t know if Seacrest could actually win this time, we know that his biggest competitor to take home the trophy for the Best Reality Host is RuPaul Charles, who’s won this category twice with his show ‘RuPaul Drag Race.’ Whatever happens with the nomination, one thing is for sure- we will be seeing Ryan Seacrest for a long, long time.
Check out Ryan Seacrest’s recent interview with NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/fashion/mens-style/ryan-seacrest-works-out.html