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by Katy Perry Ellis at . Comments

As usual, the American Idol finale was full of surprises.  But the biggest surprise of all was when Ryan Seacrest agreed to sing!  It only took 13 seasons to get him to agree, but trust me when I say that it was WORTH. THE. WAIT.

Dressed in a tuxedo, Seacrest braved the stage after being introduced by his family, singing "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx.

But that's not all.

Several lines into the song, Seacrest was joined by Marx himself.  Take a look at the priceless video:

Sidenote:  Has Marx aged at ALL?  Has he been sleeping in a vault somewhere since 1989? 

What do you think of the video?  Was Ryan better or worse than you imagined?

by Meg at . Comments
same suit who wore it best

Ryan Seacrest looked slightly peeved to discover that comedic actor Will Arnett was rocking an identical designer suit Sunday at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

Seacrest was manning the E! microphone during the red carpet special leading up to last night's award show when the 'Arrested Development' star appeared wearing a shiny two-tone grey Burberry suit with a white dress shirt.

The 'Idol' host posted a photo on Instagram that was captioned, "Oh good Will Arnett got the memo #eredcarpet."

Except for two different style ties, the guys matched.  This does beg the question -- do you prefer Arnett's long tie or Ryan's natty bow?

Arnett and his wife Amy Poehler split in September 2012 after a nine year marriage.  Their sons are Archie, 4, and Abel, 3.

Photo:  Instagram-Ryan Seacrest

by Meg at . Comments
si model dominique piek and ryan seacrest

Ryan Seacrest and Sports Illustrated model Dominique Piek have reportedly shared a few dinner dates recently, suggesting that they are in the early stages of a relationship.

Seacrest and former 'DWTS' pro dancer Julianne Hough ended their three year "live in" arrangement in March... right about the same time that Piek and actor Chris Pine curtailed their 18 month hookup.

piek and pine before the split

In the June-July 2013 issue of 'OUT' magazine, Pine spoke about his breakup, "It's really hard in our business to maintain something.  For me, right now, it'd be really hard."

According to the Twitter feeds of Seacrest and Piek -- they're also busy to the max.

The South African model recently jetted off to Capetown for a short visit with family while her 'American Idol' host "love interest" was in Seoul, South Korea to do some promo work in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In addition to his 'Idol' gig, Seacrest is a radio host, penned a long-term deal in 2012 with NBC Universal and has a lucrative contract with the E! network, as Ryan Seacrest Media.  Among the growing list of popular reality shows produced by RSM: "Keeping Up with the Kardashians,' and 'Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,'

Photos:  Twitter-Dominique Piek, Twitter-Ryan Seacrest, WENN

by Missy at . Comments
ryan seacrest and julianne hough split

Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough have ended their two year relationship and are reportedly living apart.

Sources close to the couple confirmed the news to PEOPLE, citing busy work schedules as the reason behind the split.

Hough recently spoke with PARADE about juggling career and a relationship, "It's a hard thing to do, especially when you're so caught up in your work and bettering yourself.  I think at the end of the day you have to find a balance with what's really important."

Earlier this week we reported that Julianne, 24, was a victim of theft and had over $100k in jewelry stolen from her car while visiting a friend.

Perhaps she had the three jewelry gifts from Seacrest in the car because she intended to return them  to the 'American Idol' host.

Like most celebrity couples, the split is being characterized as amicable and they plan to stay in touch.

Over the past few months Julianne has been promoting her movie 'Safe Haven' and Ryan, 38, is busy will all of his commitments: 'Idol,' his radio show, producing for E! ... and the list goes on.

Reps for the couple have not confirmed the split.

Photo Credit: WENN

by Missy at . Comments
julianne hough

'Safe Haven' star Julianne Hough was shocked to discover that her Mercedes had been ransacked while she was visiting a friend in Hollywood on Friday night.

The seriously bad news was that $100,000 worth of jewelry that she had received as gifts from her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest was stolen during the car robbery.

According to police, the luxury ride had been sitting unattended in the apartment complex parking lot for a few hours while the former 'DWTS' pro was inside a residence.

There were no signs of forced entry and Julianne, 24, found the car door wide open when she returned to the vehicle.   She discovered that three pieces of jewelry were taken in the parking lot heist.

BF Seacrest , 38, has decidedly deep pockets due to his many lucrative business ventures that include a television production company and association with E! network.  He is best known for his long-running twice weekly gig as 'American Idol' host.

Photo Credit:  WENN

by Meg at . Comments
nyre promo pic 2013

Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas shared a promo photo on Twitter to hype her upcoming gig, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013.

The singer will host the west coast party featuring performances by Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, OneRepublic and Pitbull on Monday, December 31 on ABC.

Taking the stage in Times Square in New York will be Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and headliner Taylor Swift.

The 5-1/2 hour bi-coastal extravaganza kicks off at 8:00 p.m. eastern with a two-hour celebration of the late Dick Clark, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy. The "World's Oldest Teenager" died in April 2012.

Picking up the action beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern will be Ryan Seacrest, who will lead the traditional countdown to midnight on both the east and west coasts.

a rockin eve indeed

Photos:  Twitter-Fergie, Facebook-NYRE

by Missy at . Comments

Ryan Seacrest announced the names of the four 'American Idol' judges on Twitter this morning and suffice it to say... there were no surprises.
ryan seacrest tweet

Randy Jackson will be returning for another season ... joining Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Seacrest also shared a group pic:

american idol judges photo

The news was prematurely leaked by Katie Couric on Friday during her interview with Jennifer Lopez The former 'Idol' judge pronounced the new group "eclectic" and pretended to be surprised.

Photo Credit:  WENN, Twitter-Ryan Seacrest

by Andrea at . Comments
ryan seacrest house 1

Ryan Seacrest has sold the mansion he put on the market before buying Ellen DeGeneres' former home.

This comes on the heels of news that Ellen just sold the house she bought from Brad Pitt.

Ryan's home, which he dubbed "Casa di Pace" (House of Peace), was originally listed for $14,950,000, then dropped to $12.9 million. The house sold for $11 million, which is below the $11.5 million he bought it for in 2006 from Kevin Costner.

Costner purchased the 10,000 square foot Mediterranean-style villa from Richard Dreyfuss.

Whew, that's a lot of real estate changing hands among celebs.

Check out pics of all the  mentioned homes in the related links below.

by Meg at . Comments
show snubbed host gets nod

Show snubbed but host gets Emmy nod ...

Last year 'American Idol' received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Reality Competition category but they were snubbed this year after what turned out to be a lackluster season.

It looks like the FOX network and 'Idol' execs were on the right track when they decided it was time to retool the long-running show that has started to sag in viewer ratings.

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were allowed to spin their departure from the judges panel but reports suggest they were pressured to step down in order to make room for some fresh talent and a few format changes.

J-Lo raised a few eyebrows when she reminisced about her on-air interaction with the Aerosmith rocker in a decidedly wistful tone, "We had magic."  Apparently the Emmy nominating committee didn't pick up on that vibe.

One familiar 'AI' face returning for season twelve is show host Ryan Seacrest, who re-signed in April for two more years.

By the way, the modern day version of Dick Clark received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition Program.

We've included the list of those who made the Emmy cut:

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Photos:  WENN, FOX-American Idol, Screen Grab

by Meg at . Comments
ellen sells her beverly hills pad to ryan seacrest

Ellen DeGeneres has finally found a buyer for the Beverly Hills estate that she put on the market nearly a year ago.

Last June we reported that DeGeneres had listed her 15,000 square foot home with 3 guest houses on 2.87 acres - photos here.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has agreed to pay close to the $49 million asking price for the luxury property.

DeGeneres and Seacrest are working with realtor Kurt Rappaport, who indicates the property is currently in escrow and will close later this week.

Ryan's girlfriend is Julianne Hough, a former DWTS pro turned country singer and actress.

Ellen married her partner Portia de Rossi in 2008.  They recently purchased the Malibu beach house previously owned by Brad Pitt.

Boasting 4,000 square feet of living space, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom pad has panoramic ocean vistas and set them back $12 million - pics here.

Photos:  WENN, Twitter-Ellen Show