Emmy reality-competition nominees will be ‘American Idol,’ ‘Amazing Race’ and … ?

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.


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.

However, this year the category expands to six nominees with the originator of the genre — “Survivor” — battling it out with hit newcomer “The Voice” as well as the  long-running “America’s Next Top Model,” “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance” for the last slot.

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”).

Over in the non-competition Reality Program race, last year’s champ, ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” isn’t on the Emmy ballot this year. Leading contenders are two-time champ “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” 2009 winner “Intervention“and perennial nominees “Antiques Roadshow,” “Dirty Jobs” and “MythBusters.” With six nominees, “Dog Whisperer” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition or “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” could return to this race while newcomers could come from “Hoarders,” “Pawn Stars,” “Deadliest Catch,” or “Ace of Cakes.”

Use the drop-down menus to explore both sets of charts to see how your favorites fared. And use this information to make or change your predictions as to what will be nominated Thursday morning.


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