Will rejuvenated ‘Survivor’ make Emmys history by returning to Reality-Competition race?

Survivor” used to be an Emmy favorite, but it’s been nine years now since the granddaddy of reality TV received a golden ticket to TV’s top honors. Can it make history this year by becoming the first reality series to return to the Emmy race after being snubbed? And which castaway will be voted off next Wednesday? Hurry — make your predictions for next week’s episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next.

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The show won Best Non-Fiction Program in 2001 and was then nominated as Best Reality-Competition Series in each the first four years of that category’s existence, losing to “The Amazing Race” every time. And host Jeff Probst went four-for-four from 2008 to 2011 as Best Reality Host, though he’s been snubbed ever since.

This year, “Survivor’s” landmark 30th season has been universally praised for its unique theme of Blue Collar vs. White Collar vs. No Collar and its cast of truly memorable contestants. Last week’s episode, “Bring the Popcorn,” was even a series highlight according to our forum posters.

However, even with all these improvements, this long-running reality stalwart faces an uphill climb when it comes to being nominated again at the Emmys as Best Reality-Competition Series.

Why? Because no past nominee has ever been snubbed and then returned to this top reality race.

Once a show is dropped from the category — like “The Apprentice” being fired in 2006 or “American Idol” getting eliminated in 2012 — it can never muster up enough support to re-enter the Emmy competition.

Will “Survivor” Season 30 make Emmys history by returning to the Best Reality-Competition Series race? Sound off in the comments section below.

Whose torch do you think will be snuffed next? Be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts before voting closes Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. The user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

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Where do you fall on our overall Season 30 leaderboard?

All season long, three users — Benutty, Smartdude, Taloson — have been battling it out for the top spot, and this week brings a tie for the highest prediction accuracy with Benutty and Smartdude both at 67%. However, Benutty’s point score (109,092) is higher than Smartdude’s (84,992) which is why he claims first place. Talk about a true nail-biter!

Taloson comes in third with 64%, followed by Sunhound in fourth place with 62% and JasonNolette in fifth place with 57%. Click here to see where you score on our overall season leaderboard.

Can YOU beat these frontrunners to win our prizes? Then be sure to take part in our “Survivor” prediction contest. We’re giving away $100 Amazon gift certificates to our weekly winners plus at season’s end. The deadline for each episode is Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT.

Our current overall leader Benutty predicted Joaquin Souberbielle‘s elimination back in Episode 6. However, he hasn’t forecasted any of the four eliminations since then (see complete predix), proving that it’s possible to do well in our contests without getting everything right.

Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean answering that week’s questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don’t take them for granted.

To vote for who think will go home next on “Survivor,” drag contestants over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order. For example, if you think Sierra will be eliminated, make sure you put her in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

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Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can change them later as often as you like.

We are forecasting everything from the results on TV shows like “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “The Amazing Race” to the winners of the Primetime and Daytime Emmys and the Tony Awards.

Get started by making your prediction as to which castaway will be eliminated next using our easy drag-and-drop menu below our exit interview with Jenn. And be sure to sound off on the current season of “Survivor” in Gold Derby’s reality TV forum.

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