"Ryan has the appeal of a dog that has been rescued from the pound. Unlike Seacrest, they were already widely known in their country, thanks to their popular Saturday morning children's show.
Ant and Dec are Anthony Mc Partlin and Declan Donnelly. They met when cast in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) soap opera for teens called Byker Grove in 1990.
He was an overweight child, teased by others, and preferred to stay indoors listening to the radio.
In 1991, the year he became a junior at Dunwoody High, he landed a hard-to-get internship at Atlanta pop music station WSTR-FM.
One night the regular DJ called in sick and asked Seacrest to take his shift.
His career began to flourish in 2004 with the debut of his daily daytime television show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.
Born in 1974, Seacrest grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia, where his father, Gary, was a lawyer.
Like Seacrest, their easy banter and likable personalities provided relief from Cowell's cutting remarks.