Ryan Seacrest Kicks Off “Idol Across America” In New York

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Ryan Seacrest kicked off “Idol Across America” Friday in New York City, as fans of the FOX series gathered to hear the American Idol host discuss the latest cross-country relay that ultimately gives back to the viewers that have been watching the singing competition from the beginning.

“We are about to embark on “Idol Across America,” which is a 13 city journey 5,000 miles across the country to celebrate the phenomenon that has been American Idol and celebrate those fans all over the country who have been a part of our show,” he began. “And so what we are going to do today is start here in New York with this microphone that will be held by our winner of American Idol in just a few months. The same microphone has been held by winners in the past in that finale, and with each stop we’ll pass the microphone on in a relay. You can run, you can walk, you can skip, you can row, you can bike, and you can dance. We’ll pass the microphone on to heroes in local communities, or people who’ve watched the show and have wanted to be a part of this relay.”

People wanting to get involved in this new venture can also keep track of the journey on AmericanIdol.comfor a chance to win tickets for this season’s finale. Adding, “Those who audition for the show come from small towns in big cities, and we are going to come back and say, ‘thank you for all of your love and support.'”

And with a final surprise, Seacrest also brought out NYPD officer Daniel Rodriguez to sing the National Anthem to start it off. Let the traveling begin!

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