‘American Idol’ season 11 auditions begin; Ryan Seacrest’s Emmy hope

Will Ryan stay around?

The first day of “American Idol” auditions is upon us in Savannah, Georgia with the judges, and it is coming a bit earlier than anyone expected. Last year, we didn’t see these sort of things being taped until after Labor Day — and this may very well say something about the schedules for all of the respective judges.

You can check out a video below to hear some of what Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler all have to say — and in addition to that, we also have some candid thoughts from Ryan Seacrest. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the host campaigned hard for “Idol” to get its first Emmy in the category of Outstanding Reality Competition:

“If it’s going to happen, this would be the year. We have been on the air for now 11 seasons. We had a transition season last year and I think there was some doubt from people [as to] what would the show do, what would it deliver, how would the changes affect the ratings. But fortunately, we had one of our best seasons. We had a new energy and new dimensions to the show with Steven and Jennifer; there was a different mood, a different temperature, tone and texture to last year’sĀ American Idol. So I guess if we’re going to do it, this is probably the year.”

As for anyone wondering what Ryan’s own future will be on “Idol,” his contract does expire at the end of the season — and although he says he has not thought too much about his future plans, he certainly has a big enough empire that he could step away and still be one of the busiest men in show business.

Do you want to see Ryan return to the show for a season 12, or is this really too early to even think about?

Photo: Fox

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