Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris to dance with nominated choreographers

By Riley Chow
By Riley Chow
Aug 07 2013 07:25 am
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Emmycast producer Ken Ehrich has devised a unique way to showcase host Neil Patrick Harris. The talented multi-hyphenate will perform a dance number devised by eight of the nominees for Best Choreography on the Sept. 22 kudocast. 

To truly commit to the event, the choreography award will be presented at the conclusion of this dance number rather than during the Creative Arts ceremony where it has been presented in the past. To make time for this, the Reality Host award is being bounced to that earlier kudocast which will air on the new FXX network. 

The choreography prize is a “juried award," not a competitive “category."  Nominees and winners are determined by a screening panel and there may be a single champ or multiple ones. Indeed, there have been six ties (1989, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011) over the past quarter century while three nominees prevailed in 2007. 

This year's line-up features seven sets of nominees: "So You Think You Can Dance" claims four of those slots, while "Dancing With the Stars" has two and "Live from Lincoln Center" rounds out the list for its broadcast of the stage musical "Carousel."  

"So You Think You Can Dance" enjoyed a five-year winning streak from 2007 to 2011, picking up seven Emmys (it tied itself in 2007 and 2011). Last year, "Smash" won this prize solo but was snubbed this year. And while "Dancing with the Stars" has reaped 10 bids since 2006, it has yet to prevail in this race. 

Below, check out Harris delivering a show-stopping number as he kicked off hosting the 2013 Tonycast. He won two of his three Emmys for emceeing these kudos in 2009 and 2011 and contends at this year's Emmys for hosting last year's Tonys too. (His other Emmy came for guesting on "Glee" in 2010.)

Is Emceeing Emmys Good Luck Charm for Nominees?

2012: Jimmy Kimmel
2011: Jane Lynch
2010: Jimmy Fallon
2009: Neil Patrick Harris
2008: Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandell, Jeff Probst, and Ryan Seacrest
2002 and 2006: Conan O'Brien
2001: Ellen DeGeneres
1993: Angela Lansbury
1987: Bruce Willis
1984: Tom Selleck
1978: Alan Alda
1971-1974: Johnny Carson
1959: Raymond Burr
1953: Ed Sullivan
1951: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
2012: Jimmy Kimmel

Oftentimes, the host of the Emmys would have been there anyway as a nominee. However, only occasionally do they get to take to the podium to dole out thank yous. 

Above: In 2012, Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel was also a nominee as his late-night talker "Jimmy Kimmel Live," received its first nomination for Best Variety Series, but lost to "The Daily Show."

Click arrow on right side of photo above to see how 14 other Emmycast hosts fared as nominees. 

 
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