Both Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest made appearances on talk shows in the last 24 hours to talk about American Idol.
Randy was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and said that Season 9 would rank somewhere in the middle amongst all Idol seasons. He referenced the first season as amongst the best, as well as Season 2 with the close battle between Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, and Season 8 with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert (yes, he really did say Kris's name on camera). He also name-checked a few contestants this year as being "great" - Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lynche and Siobhan Magnus. This was all in response to Jay Leno holding up the recent Entertainment Weekly article titled "Why Can't The New Idols Sing". LOL, Slezak FTW!
Video - Part 1 (talking about his fellow judges and Paula Abdul):
Video - Part 2 (talking about S9 of Idol):
Ryan Seacrest was on Ellen today and said that he has a favorite contestant but can't say who it is while the competition is still going on. He also said that Crystal has a "good radio voice", that Siobhan is "great". Ellen called Tim Urban "a happy, happy guy".