One of the most significant snubs when the 2017 Emmy nominations were announced on July 13 may have gone relatively unnoticed, but “Dancing with the Stars” was left out of Best Reality Competition Program and Best Reality Host for the first time in the show’s 12-year history. It never won the top award, and host Tom Bergeron won his category just once back in 2012, so perhaps we and the TV academy have taken it for granted. But despite of its absence in the two marquee races, it could still make history this year as the most awarded reality-competition show in Emmy history.
To date, “DWTS” has won 15 Emmys, which places it in a tie with “The Amazing Race” for the most awards ever. Of course, most of the awards for “Amazing Race” were in just one category: the top one. The globetrotting CBS competition holds the record for the most awards won for Best Reality-Competition Program (10). Meanwhile, “DWTS” has relied on its achievements in crafts to earn most of its plaudits.
That’s the good news for “DWTS.” Though it missed out in the top two categories this year, it still has seven nominations, including in categories it has won before like Best Technical Direction and Best Lighting Design. Its highest-profile category is Best Choreography, which the show has won twice before. This year it has two more nominations: for Derek Hough (for the dance “Kairos”) and Mandy Moore (for the dances “On Top of the World” and “Carol of the Bells”).
Both past “DWTS” victories for Best Choreography were for Hough. He won in 2013 by himself for choreographing the routines “Hey Pachuco,” “Para Los Rumberos,” and “Walking on Air.” Then in 2015 he prevailed again alongside his sister Julianne Hough and Tessandra Chavez for the routine “Elastic Heart.”
Meanwhile, the in-demand Mandy Moore has never won despite four past nominations. She’s nominated in the category twice this year (once for “DWTS” and once for the routines “Unsteady” and “This is Not the End” from “So You Think You Can Dance”). It’s been a great year all around for Moore, who recently choreographed the Oscar winning musical “La La Land.” But the Oscars have no award for choreography, so Emmy voters might be doubly compelled to check off her name.
In addition to its choreography, technical direction, and lighting, “DWTS” is also nominated for its costumes, hairstyling, and makeup this year. How many awards do you think it will win?
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