Does Ryan know who's going home when the live elimination show begins?
Ryan reveals an American Idol secret...he and the show's executive producer are the only people who know the results before the show begins.
"Before the live broadcast, and in the rehearsal, they [used to] give me these cards that have numbers instead of people's names," he says. "And so I decided recently that I want to know going into the live show who's going out, so I'm not thinking, ''Wait, who was number 7? Who was number 6?'"
When Ryan walks on stage for the live broadcast, he says he tries to look at each contestant the same way. "They do stare at me, and they calculate how long my stare is. If I wink, if I extend my hand, if I hug them, if I high five...and what that might mean."