Emmy Awards: ‘The Voice’ stages upset over reality rival ‘The Amazing Race’

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The Voice” was in second place in our Best Reality-Competition Program Emmy rankings with 10/3 odds to win, but was still able to claim victory over 10-time champ “The Amazing Race” (1/2 odds) Sunday night. This was the NBC show’s fourth consecutive nomination and second win (2013), compared to the CBS staple’s 13 nominations and 10 wins.

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Third place was a tie in our rankings between perennial nominees “Top Chef” and “Dancing With the Stars,” both with odds of 33/1. This year marked the 10th nomination for “DWTS” and ninth for “Top Chef.” While the ABC dancing show has yet to win, Bravo’s series cooked up a surprise victory in 2010.

In fifth place was fan favorite “So You Think You Can Dance,” nominated here for the fifth time. The Fox series had 50/1 odds to win its first trophy, just ahead of our sixth-place contender “Project Runway” (100/1 odds), which has been nominated a whopping 11 times without a victory.

At last week’s Creative Arts ceremony, three of the above nominees were honored with below-the-line Emmys, which could signal strength leading into the Primetime telecast. “The Voice” took home Best Lighting Design/Direction and, in a jawdropper, “DWTS” and “SYTYCD” tied for Best Choreography. Those winners were Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Tessandra Chavez representing “DWTS,” and Travis Wall representing “SYTYCD.”

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