American Idol fans have come to accept Ryan Seacrest as part of the singing competition’s background, as inevitable as dimming the lights before announcing bad news such as who’s going home.

Say judges such as Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, Ryan is the key to American Idol’s success.

“I remember when I first started this show thinking, ‘this is Ryan Seacrest’s show,'” recalled Jennifer Lopez.

In the eyes of Keith Urban, who is one of the judges for the final season, American Idol and Ryan Seacrest are synonymous.

Ryan is the man responsible for setting the tone of the show, keeping the coaches involved and the contestants as calm as he can, while taking on the difficult task of sending often-beloved singers home, pointed out Billboard.

Seacrest has assigned himself the role of American Idol contestant advocate.

Keith Urban