Ryan Seacrest Defends His Bizarre 'Idol' Behavior

The genial host of Fox's hit singing contest had more fun than usual during a recent broadcast, and now explains exactly why

Ryan Seacrest really loves his job. That was the American Idol host's explanation for some loopy antics on the show earlier this week. Seacrest, 35, danced with an audience member during Tim Urban's performance, made a suggestive comment to guest mentor Adam Lambert ("My tongue isn't nearly as talented as yours") and played air guitar, among other hyperactive outbursts.

The Hollywood multi-tasker (whose other jobs include hosting a daily radio program and being an E! correspondent) talked to the Los Angeles Times about the curious conduct that left Idol fans scratching their heads.

About the impromptu waltz, Seacrest explained, "I was enjoying it. We've done this show for nine years. When they take me out into the audience, sometimes the energy out there takes me to a different place. I looked at the people and I was just having fun Tuesday night. That guy looked like the most inappropriate person to dance with, so I figured, 'Let's pick him up and just dance with him for a second.'"

According to Us Weekly, Urban, 20, tried not to get distracted by Seacrest's dance during his song. "I didn't really know what they were doing," he said. "People were laughing, so I just had to zone out and keep thinking about my song."

Seacrest chalked it up his antics to simply enjoying the live show. "Often, I will playfully do things to amp up the energy for the live show, because it's at the end of my long day," He told the L.A. Times. "That night, I was just enjoying it and having a good time. My mom was there in the audience, I was in a good mood!" 

It seems it won't be the last of this behavior, as Seacrest explained it was part of Idol's upcoming 10th season. "I was also setting up the fact that we're going to do a 10-year anniversary and look back on all of the different things that have been a part of this show... including my see-through shirts, my frosted tips, Simon (Cowell) with the bad hair and his pants jacked up...So the 10th-anniversary season is gonna be fun."

When you think about how this talent competition begain (remember when Seacrest cohosted the first season with Bryan Dunkelman?), and has come such a long way in a decade, you have to give Seacrest credit for his role in keeping all the broadcasts lively. The judges banter, the contestants sing -- but there's no denying Seacrest is a performer in his own right. Who says he has to be a boring one?

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