Ryan Seacrest is following Simon Cowell’s lead, and plans on leaving “American” Idol to create his own rival music show.

NBC recently revealed that the TV personality/producer wants to create a brand new talent competition show with his production company Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Paul Telegdy, head of alternative programming at the network tells the New York Post that the project is “another music concept, which is a totally different kind of competition show.” He added: “It is self-contained episodes. It is a bit more fun. It’s not contestant competitive. It’s artist competitive.”

Ryan’s contract with Fox ends in 2012, and since the planned show with NBC is in the very early stages of development, it’s too soon to say for sure whether his involvement would mean he is leaving “American Idol” for good. His current contract with Fox prevents him from appearing on any other broadcast network until next year

Paul said: “It can take anywhere from 12 months to two years to develop anything these days.”

Wonder what Simon Cowell has to say about all of this!