He hosts American Idol. He is the star of his own talk show. And now he is about to take on a new role: mayor of a major American city.
Ryan Seacrest was recently elected the new mayor of Atlanta, going back to the city where he grew up. Asked if there'll be any pressure commuting between Los Angeles and his hometown, Seacrest said: "There's nothing that can stop me now. I'll just move one show here to the ATL, while keeping the other back in Hollywood."
The inauguration was a black-tie affair. Every star in Atlanta, including former Idol contestant Diana DeGarmo, the pride of nearby Snellville, was in attendance at the Georgia Dome. The list was rather lengthy, including rappers Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri and I-20, singers Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken and Monica (who reportedly has a major crush on Seacrest), and former sports great Deion Sanders.
Seacrest vows to make Atlanta the greatest city in America. "I don't know how," said the 29-year-old stud, "but I'll find a way."
Aiken sang the National Anthem, and Studdard followed with his rendition of Flying Without Wings. Even Monica wrote a song about Seacrest, and she could be heard rapping along with Ludacris. Asked how her crush began, she replied: "I've always been in love with him, way before he blew up on Idol."
Seacrest will begin his term as mayor July 1. No word on whether Simon Cowell will pay him a visit.