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Ryan Seacrest is straight.

Putting aside the sexual props given to everyone’s favorite American Idol host by Shana Wall, however, there’s only one thing people wanna hear about Seacrest:

Who does he think will be this year’s American Idol champion?

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The answer may surprise some followers of the show: Jordin Sparks.

“First of all, she’s a girl,” Ryan profoundly said of this 17-year old singer. “She represents fantastic qualities. She’s a great singer and a pretty girl … She’s non-threatening, cute and attractive. Plus, she has this sincere likeability that is rare and genuine.”

It’s hard to argue with those points … although Melinda Doolittle will sure try to over the next few weeks.

Asked what he makes of ever-controversial Sanjaya Malakar, Seacreast said: “Everywhere I go, people have been screaming at me to get rid of Sanjaya. And I say, ‘Too bad, you’re doing it.’ … But Sanjaya, he’s an interesting character on the show. America hones in and gets rid of who needs to go and the best usually stay.”

Finally, how about it, Ryan? Do you really hate Simon Cowell or what?

“We’re friends,” Seacrest said. “We’re just extremely competitive on every level — to the point that he doesn’t want a parking place any farther away than the one I have.”

But Ryan insists it’s all in good fun. You know, like basically everything Katie Rees ever does.