''American Juniors,'' the prepubescent version of ''American Idol,'' premieres Tuesday, so it's good that producers finally picked a host. They didn't have to look far: It's ''Idol'' host Ryan Seacrest. Of course, he won't be trading gay innuendo with Simon Cowell this time; the judges haven't been named, but Cowell is not expected to be one of them. (Give the kids a break -- they're all under the age of 13.)
Fox Broadcasting president Gail Berman praised Seacrest as the ''face of 'American Idol,''' saying in a statement, ''Ryan Seacrest has proven time and again that he is one of the premier hosts in variety television.'' Also one of the busiest; he has an afternoon radio show every weekday, and he's currently developing a daytime TV talk show that will debut in January. Plus, there'll be a second season of ''Juniors'' this fall, before the grown-up ''Idol'' resumes in January.