Besides a single upset by "Top Chef" in 2010, "The Amazing Race" has won this trophy every year of the category's existence. While there's no denying the Phil Keoghan-hosted series is great stuff, when it comes to the Emmys, isn't eight enough?
Apparently not. According to Gold Derby polling, "The Amazing Race" trumps all others in this category with 5/6 odds to win. In descending order, the other candidates are "Top Chef" (5/1), "The Voice" (11/2), "So You Think You Can Dance" (14/1), "Project Runway" (33/1) and "Dancing With the Stars" (50/1).
Should we all just throw in the towel right now and declare "The Amazing Race" the winner? Not so fast, say our boisterous forum posters. Now that Gold Derby has exclusively learned all of the episodes that were submitted to the judges, it might be good to start bracing ourselves for an Emmy upset.
"'Top Chef' submitted perfectly," iskolar raved. Uncreativename agreed, saying, "'Top Chef' definitely submitted the best episode of the season (in my opinion). Everything about this episode was entertaining."
"Excellent submission episodes for both 'Top Chef' and 'Project Runway,' but then again, both shows had superb submissions last year, too," said Film Turtle.
Regarding "So You Think You Can Dance," FEDEclown shouted, "YES! Brilliant submission!"
Ikarlito said, "'The Voice' submitted very well. I was nervous because the best part of the show is the blind auditions and I was afraid they would opt for just the regular part of the competition. I think they have a good chance." Meanwhile, Irishmovielover4ever chided, "How ironic would it be if 'The Voice' won because 'American Idol' never won in all the nominations it received."
Here are the Reality-Competition episodes up for Emmy consideration:
Frontrunner "The Amazing Race" submitted Season 20 Episode 8 "Let Them Drink Their Haterade." In this episode, several team members got lost in Karatu while trying to find the Hillary Clington Shop roadside stand.
2010 champ "Top Chef" submitted Season 9 Episode 11 "Fit for an Evil Queen" where the chefs prepared a dish inspired by "Snow White and the Huntsman." The special judges included Charlize Theron and Eric Ripert.
Newcomer "The Voice" submitted the top-rated second-season premiere "The Blind Audition, Part 1." This is the episode that immediately followed NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI.
Two-time nominee "So You Think You Can Dance" submitted Season 8's "Top 8 Perform" episode, where the guest judges included Lady Gaga and Rob Marshall.
Eight-time also-ran "Project Runway" submitted "Episode 7," where the team challenge included designing fabrics, creating a collection and producing a fashion show.
Seven-time loser "Dancing with the Stars" submitted Season 14 Week 8, a double elimination episode that saw the departures of Melissa Gilbert and Roshon Fegan.