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Ryan Seacrest: 'American Idol is part of my life'

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American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest

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Ryan Seacrest has said he can't imagine not hosting American Idol.

The television producer and radio host, who was named the most powerful person in reality television earlier this year, was asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he had given any thought to what will happen after his current American Idol contract expires at the end of the 11th season.

Seacrest replied: "I have not even gone down that path of thinking about this being the last season. It's actually strange to hear it. Because I've been doing it for so long, it's part of my life, it's engraved in my schedule and I love doing it. So I hope to continue to do it."

American Idol's judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson joined Seacrest in Savannah this week to begin filming their first round of auditions.

Lopez's appearance came just after Fox confirmed that she would be returning to the judging panel for a second season. She had said earlier this year that she was "on the fence" about a second year on the Fox competition.

When asked by THR if he had ever thought Lopez might not return to the show, Seacrest replied: "You never know, right? Not until they officially close the deal and tell you that she's coming back.

"I was hopeful because we had such a great season last year, I love her to death and I think that she fit in brilliantly. We need her role on the show. So I was very relieved to hear that she signed on again."

Lopez has since said that appearing on American Idol is "one of the best things" she has ever been involved in, saying: "I really do love it. I love working with the contestants and singers and artists, and working with Steven, Randy and Ryan."

Scotty McCreery won the last season of American Idol over Lauren Alaina after a record-breaking total of more than 122 million votes were cast following the finale.

American Idol's new season premieres Sunday, January 22 on Fox.

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Watch American Idol winner Scotty McCreery's debut music video for 'I Love You This Big' below:

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