American Idol host Ryan Seacrest doesn't think Simon Cowell will marry girlfriend MEZHGAN HUSSAINY - because he's convinced the rumoured engagement is one "big joke".
The music mogul sparked speculation he had proposed to Mezhgan Hussainy after she was snapped sporting a diamond band on her ring finger following an intimate Valentine's Day (14Feb10) date last month.
The TV judge's mother, Julie, has spoken of her excitement over the impending nuptials and Cowell has referred to her as "The One", even though the Brit's longtime publicist Max Clifford dismissed stories of an engagement.
And Seacrest, who fronts Cowell's U.S. singing contest, is adamant he will be shocked if the longterm bachelor makes the union official.
He tells Britain's Daily Star, "If Simon does get married it would be an even bigger event than the Oscars. I'm still not convinced that there's going to be a wedding, because I have known him for so long and I'm waiting for this to be a big practical joke.
"I'm expecting him to put out a press release like the Jonas Brothers, saying I too have given out a commitment ring. I honestly don't think there will be a wedding."