"American Idol" has a slogan: "They all start somewhere." And that applies even to the show's venerable host, Ryan Seacrest.
So in honor of the Season 13 "Idol" auditions getting underway this month, here's an amusingly beefcakey photo of Ryan Seacrest in his early modeling days, long before he became the prince of all media.
This chesty, cheesy photo was shot way back in 1994, when Ryan was only 19 — but it has somehow gone viral this week, as often happens on the Interweb. That same year, shortly after this pinup-worthy pic was snapped in Los Angeles, he landed a $15/hour job hosting KYSR-FM 98.7's afternoon show (a far cry from the $15 million salary he pockets now from "Idol" alone). This led to hosting jobs on such esteemed TV shows as "Gladiators 2000" and "Wild Animal Games."
And then, in 2002, he got the gig on "Idol," and the rest was history. Now Ryan just dates models (his reported new love interest is model Dominique Piek.)
Sure, this pic is a little cringe-inducing, but it's much more flattering than Ryan's dorky childhood photo that surfaced on "Conan O'Brien" a few years ago.
Now all I want to know is…where on all of the Web is the long-lost shirtless pic of Brian Dunkleman?
As soon as I saw this teen's photo, I knew he was destined to be a star. You can be sure that I gave him a lot of advice.
Yes seems they left of all my guidance and tutelage...
This pic has been on the web for almost 10 years. I don't get why it's making news now. Seacrest looks gay as fuck in those pics. No wonder some old man head honcho in hollywood gave him the AI gig.
So that is what he looked like when he and Ricky Martin were together.
He grew up fat. Was even the fat kid in the Speedo on the school swim team. He worked hard and looks great in that photo. There was a time where he wasn't such a dick.
I hope it looks real, because...THIS is American vinyl.
When you look at the large version of the photo, there's no treasure trail. Did he start shaving his treasure trail to give the impression of being a twink? At 19, he was just beyond twinkhood.
What's his skin corvin that pic?
I meant, "What's his skin color in that pic?"
He looks, dare I say it... Yellow.
He looks more like a caramel brown to me, R10. Why yellow?
"He looks more like a caramel brown to me, [R10]. Why yellow?"
Bad closet lighting.
Does he have a new girlfriend yet?
He's currently auditioning.
Young and gay gay gay! I wonder what it was like to give yourself up to Merv Griffin to host American Gladiators. Everyone knows he was Merv's boy at the time of this pic. Pobrecito.
When Griffin switched from syndication to CBS in 1969, the network brass insisted that Treacher was too old for the show, but Griffin fought to keep Treacher and eventually won out. However, when Griffin moved his show to Los Angeles the following year, Treacher stayed behind, telling Griffin "at my age, I don't want to move, especially to someplace that shakes!"
He closed his eyes and thought of England.
[quote]What's his skin color in that pic?
His coloring is somewhere between tapioca and bread pudding.
He looks so cute in the photo. He is so good at his announcer jobs. A pleasure to watch him at work.
Impresses me he has time to Co Executive Produce many if not all of the E! Kardashian shows and also host radio top music show, etc.
Have always liked him and think Merv must be a big role model for him as the man became extremely wealthy long after his talk shows and singing. I think he invented Jeopardy and Vanna White and Pat Sajack Wheel of Fortune shows.
If Ryan were in a relationship with anyone, how much time do you think he would have to spend with you given how much he works?
You have to wonder if Ryan learned a lesson from Merv's Deney Terrio lawsuit. Maybe that's why he's so careful and continues to beard whenever possible.
r21, Merv's Deney Terrio lawsuit. What was that about?
Ryan posts on here!!!! R19 good job on not being so obvious. And may I say thank you for giving us a daily dose of kartrashian trash. Ugh. Btw did merv top or bottom? Lol
I wrote that r23 and I am not Ryan Seacrest. He does not have time to spend on Datalounge.
Do he and Cowell still hang out together?
Seacrest and Cowell vacationed together several times but that was years ago.