simon cowell ryan seacrest getty 'American Idol's' Ryan Seacrest will not be replacing Simon Cowell“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is just as much in the dark as the rest of us regarding who will replace judge Simon Cowell on the popular FOX singing competition show.

Seacrest tells “Extra,” “I don’t know who will be in the seat. They haven’t made a decision, so
we’ll find out together.” When asked if Seacrest himself is a possibility for the replacement, he said he would not be on the judges’ panel. “I will host it,” Seacrest declares.

Rumors have been swirling about who will take Cowell’s place — Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak have all been mentioned in the conversation. Who is your favorite?

“American Idol” is currently holding its cattle-call auditions at various cities around the country. Season 10 will debut on FOX in early 2011.

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