Ryan Seacrest returns for a second season as a host of AMERICAN IDOL. Seacrest is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is currently the host of the No. 1 rated weekday afternoon talk show, “Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home,” on Los Angeles radio station Star 98.7 FM. He also has a live, nationally syndicated, 90-minute performance show, “Live From the Lounge,” which launched in July 2001 and features music’s biggest artists.

Seacrest’s additional television hosting credits include "EXTRA Weekends," "Ultimate Revenge," "Talk Soup," "Radio Music Awards" and "The New Edge". He has also served as a special correspondent for “The Tonight Show”. Seacrest was recently named one of the 20 “Young Guns Under 30 Who Hold Hollywood’s Future in Their Hands” by E! Online, as well as one of LA’s Sexiest People by Los Angeles Magazine.