Last year, "Top Chef" ended the seven-year winning streak of "The Amazing Race" in the Reality-Competiton race at the Emmys. This year, "Race" is way out in front on our new Emmy Frontrunners charts which reveal the shows and performers who received the most No. 1 votes from our experts, editors and users. However, both shows make a strong showing on our other new chart -- Emmy Nominees Will Be ... -- which ranks the contenders in likelihood of reaping bids on Thursday.
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While "The Amazing Race" has maintained its high production values, "Top Chef" is coming off one its best season as its "All Stars" competed for the ultimate bragging rights amongst its most popular chefs yet to win the elusive "top chef" title.
Also in the running are perennial nominees like ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Lifetime's "Project Runway," and Fox's iconic "American Idol," TV's top-rated show for the last eight seasons. They along with "The Amazing Race" and "Top Chef" have been the five nominated series in the competition category for the last four consecutive years.
Only one person has ever won Reality Host– three-time champ "Survivor" host Jeff Probst. Expect to see the return of at last three of the other four nominees -- Phil Keoghan ("The Amazing Race"), Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol") and Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars") -- while Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") faces challenges from Padma Lakshmi ("Top Chef"), a previous nominee two years ago, Mike Rowe ("Dirty Jobs") and Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance").