Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest

"American Idol" has had its share of breakout musical artists, but judge Simon Cowell and host Ryan Seacrest are taking over the entire known media universe. Seacrest is the heir apparent to mega-personality Dick Clark, and Cowell will soon be producing almost every show that hits the airwaves. They've also become two of the wealthiest and most recognizable men in the U.S., which is quite a feat considering that prior to "American Idol" Seacrest was mostly an unknown (outside the SoCal area) radio host and no one in the country knew Simon Cowell's name. -- Andrea Reiher,Zap2it
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