Emmy spotlight: Will voters sing the praises of Colleen Ballinger (‘Haters Back Off’) as Miranda Sings?

Haters Back Off” fans, get excited as YouTube sensation Miranda Sings is going to be on the Emmy ballot this year in the form of Colleen Ballinger, the actress who portrays her on Netflix’s comedy. Since the average Emmy voter may not know who Ballinger’s fan-favorite character is quite yet, we strongly encourage them to click through our photo gallery down below that highlights the Top 10 best moments from “Haters Back Off” Season 1.

For the uninitiated, Miranda Sings is a character right out of a blind child’s refrigerator drawing. She has an exaggerated amount of red lipstick, a homegrown diva attitude, and the singing voice of an angel who suffers from permanent nasal congestion. Ballinger transformed herself into Miranda for all eight half-hour episodes that streamed on Netflix back on October 14, 2016, and she is now eligible as Best Comedy Actress at the 2017 Emmys.

“Haters Back Off” is a prequel of sorts to Miranda’s successful YouTube channel as we follow her story from her first video through her quest for super-stardom with the help of her manager Uncle Jim (Steve Little). The TV show also introduces Miranda’s refined sister Emily (Francesca Reale), their mother Bethany (Angela Kinsey) and neighbor/love interest Patrick (Erik Stocklin). The actors deliver some of the best individual comedic performances of any series on TV, especially Ballinger’s Emmy-worthy turn in the Season 1 finale.

You’d think TV critics would dismiss a series based on its social media silliness, but Robert Lloyd (Los Angeles Times) gave it a glowing review, saying, “It faces the challenge of shaping a funny idea into a semblance of life, and succeeds.” And James Poniewozik (New York Times) raved, “In ‘Haters Back Off’ a cringe-worthy star is born.” And that may be the best way to describe it: cringe-watch worthy. Emmy voters, are you paying attention?

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