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Host Ryan Seacrest is true 'American Idol'

  |   Jan. 19, 2004 at 1:38 PM
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- With "American Idol" premiering Monday in the United States for its third season, host Ryan Seacrest has emerged as the hottest celebrity from the show.

Seacrest seemingly has surpassed "American Idol" celebrities Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, all with hit records on the charts, in his multimedia career success, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

In addition to his weekly job hosting Fox's "American Idol," Seacrest has taken the reins of the popular "American Top 40" syndicated radio show from long-time host Casey Kasem, launched his own daily television talk show last week and has dozens of Web sites dedicated to him. He also was voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and was parodied on last season's "Saturday Night Live," a true mark of pop culture success.

Seacrest said he hopes he is just beginning.

"I'm always thinking about the next 10 years," he said. "I hope to be in this business as long as Merv Griffin or Dick Clark have. It's not something I want to do as a chapter, it's something I want to do as an entire book."

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