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'American Idol' Castoff

Stealing Ryan Seacrest's Identity

... For Money

1/20/2012 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shaun Kraisman
"American Idol" reject Shaun Kraisman's pro singing career might be off the table -- but TMZ has learned, he already has a potentially lucrative back-up plan ... impersonating Ryan Seacrest for a living.

You probably recognize him -- he's the guy from Wednesday night's episode who's a dead ringer for the "Idol" host ... right down to the way he talks. It's scary.

Shaun didn't make it to Hollywood (his audition was ... less than stellar) ... but he's unfazed -- telling us, he got such a positive reaction from his Ryan Seacrest impression on Wednesday night's show, he has decided to pursue a career as a Seacrest impersonator.

Shaun tells us, he has already booked a gig with a local radio station to do his Ryan act -- and is currently reaching out to as many people as possible to get his new career off the ground ... friends, managers, agents.

His ultimate goal -- Shaun says he wants to host parties, shows, you name it ... all doing the Seacrest thing. Way to aim high.


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I don't think he has to portray himself as a Seacrest impersonator to get famous. I thought Shawn looked very comfortable in front of the camera, I see a future for him. Good luck, Shaun.

977 days ago


check out Shaun's interview with WEZL...It includes his response to TMZ

Shaun is a natural in front of the camera!! So talented, can't wait to see what the future holds for him and his career!

976 days ago

krysten Shaun Kraisman's 3 part interview by the morning crew on WEZL on his American Idol Premiere debut and response to all the buzz... even to TMZ

976 days ago


Go Shaun! I hope this negative press turns into something good for him

975 days ago


Go Shaun! I hope this negative press turns into something good for him.

975 days ago


Looks like his TMZ article has done a little more promoting for him...

974 days ago
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