Ryan Seacrest To Indulge His Musical Theater Impulses On Emmy Stage

Having steadily risen the variety show emceeing ranks since he was plucked from relative obscurity by the immaculately manicured hand of Merv Griffin himself, it was really only a matter of time before American Idol host and E! red carpet munchkin Ryan Seacrest would be asked to preside over a major awards telecast. But until that day comes, he's more than happy to take on the Emmys. Talking to THR about the high-profile gig, Seacrest spoke of having to stretch past his copy-regurgitating comfort zone into the realm of jazz-hand-waving song and dance man:

Emmy host Ryan Seacrest said Wednesday that he is forgoing an opening monologue in favor of a musical number at the upcoming 59th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.
Seacrest said that the Emmy telecast, which is set to air live at 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed on the West Coast) on Sept. 16 on Fox, will open with a musical number that he "may or may not be" part of depending on "how confident I feel on the 16th."

Asked whether there might be a performance of the Emmy-nominated song "Dick in a Box," originally performed by Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," Seacrest said Emmy producers are in talks with Timberlake — whose scheduling would be tricky since he has a show that night at Staples Center in Los Angeles — but that nothing is finalized.

It's not entirely out of the realm of possibility that the hit novelty song might in fact wind up the show opener itself, presented in a stunningly mounted production number: As Timberlake and Samberg serenade the crowd about creative last-minute gift ideas, a chorus of scantily clad background dancers climb a giant Christmas present set-piece, unraveling its bow to reveal a smiling Seacrest inside, costumed only in a flesh-colored body stocking as the song's titular "Dick."