Poll: Battle of the ‘American Idol’ judges — Who deserves an Emmy?

While Sam Woolf, Majesty Rose and Caleb Johnson are in a tight three-way race for who will win “American Idol‘s” thirteenth season according to Gold Derby’s current racetrack odds, let’s shift focus for a moment to the vast improvement made to this season’s judging panel.

There is no prize for being the best judge. America can’t supervote, call in or text votes for their favorites. That might be why we’ve seen such poor showings from judges in the past — cough, Randy Jackson — because they have nothing to gain by trying to better their judgments.

This season, however, is a completely different story. Many “Idol” watchers are in agreement that Season 13’s threesome — third-timer Jennifer Lopez, returning Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick Jr. — is the best the show has ever seen.

Concise, clear and constructive in their criticisms, this year’s trio of music experts aren’t afraid to be honest even if it means hurting someone’s feelings. We really haven’t seen something like that since the early Simon Cowell days of the show, and it’s been sorely missed.

Which judge this season is so good that he/she deserves an Emmy award for their performance? (Vote in our poll below.)

We know, we know, there’s no official Emmy award for Best Reality Judge. But ever since reality mentor Anthony Bourdain (“The Taste“) was able to squeeze into the Best Reality Host category last year without being a host, our fingers have been crossed that we’ll begin to see more and more mentors/judges entering that Emmy category from all aspects of reality television.

After all, why should Ryan Seacrest continue to reap all the kudos while the judges receive a whole lotta nothing?

Vote in our poll below, then go and cast your official predictions for which singer will win “American Idol” and who will be voted off next. The winner of our “American Idol” prediction contest will win a $100 Amazon gift card.

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