Ryan Seacrest: “I Take Carrie”

"She's Just a Superstar," American Idol Host Says

Way to put Ryan Seacrest on the spot, Today.

He was on the morning news show on Tuesday (Jan. 5), and host Matt Lauer asked him who he thought—in his own personal opinion, not based on numbers or charts or other scientific data—was the biggest star to ever be crowned winner of American Idol.

Carrie Underwood,” Seacrest said, without even a moment of hesitation.

He admitted that, yes, Kelly Clarkson did very well too. But still.

“I was just on New Year’s with Carrie, and she’s just a superstar. She really is,” he admitted. “So I take Carrie.”

American Idol’s farewell season premieres Thursday (Jan. 7).

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