Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Press Release of the Day: An Army of Seacrests

New candidate for Worst Job Ever: Ryan Seacrest impersonator.

American Idol Coming to a Backyard Near You this Summer

Entertainment Booking Web Site Gigmasters.com Notes Surging Demand for “Idol” Themed Parties; Ryan Seacrest Look-Alikes Wanted in Connecticut

New York (May 23, 2006) -- When the campus recreation department at DePaul University wanted to get more students involved in their social programs, they new exactly what to do to guarantee a packed house: throw an American Idol Party. Party planners across the country – from suburban soccer moms to professional fund raisers – have hit the Internet looking to replicate the addictive formula of the hit Fox reality show for their own birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and summer barbeques.

Gigmasters.com, the nationwide entertainment booking Web site said that over the last six months, they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people booking American Idol-themed parties. Gigmasters.com CEO Michael Caldwell says the trend is consistent with a movement toward people throwing more lavish parties for a variety of occasions.

“This goes way beyond glamorized karaoke; people are really out there looking to recreate the drama of the American Idol show in everything from nine-year olds’ birthday parties to bridal showers to Hawaiian luaus,” said Caldwell. “One of our customers in Middletown, Connecticut was actually looking for a Ryan Seacrest look-alike to emcee his backyard version of the show.”

For a few extra bucks, the faux Seacrest will host a morning show, read some entertainment headlines and make out with a Teri Hatcher impersonator -- then break up with the fake Hatcher and move on to guest host a imaginary edition of "Larry King Live" to explain why he dumped her -- all while playfully promoting his metrosexuality.

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