“What sets RuPaul apart from all the other reality competition hosts is he’s really playing a character. Such a major part of the show’s appeal is RuPaul’s personality,” Zach Laws explains to me and our fellow Gold Derby contributor Riley Chow during our recent Emmy predictions slugfest about Best Reality Host (watch above). RuPaul Charles is the defending two-time champ for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and according to Gold Derby’s latest predictions he’s expected to repeat again with overwhelming odds of 1/10.
If Charles does win he’ll be closing in on Emmy history. “Three will put him in second place by himself behind Jeff Probst, the four-time winner [for ‘Survivor’],” I point out, “but I think after three we might see some fatigue set in.” Currently Charles is tied with Jane Lynch, who has also won twice for “Hollywood Game Night” (2014-2015).
While Lynch was not eligible last year because “Game Night” didn’t air during that Emmy period, Charles did best her in 2016 when they last went head-to-head. Indeed, our users think Lynch will need a lot of help if she’s going to upset Charles this time around as she’s in fourth place in our predictions with odds of 50/1.
One nominee we all agree could potentially upset is W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNNs “United Shades of America.” He “does seem like the interesting sort of apple in a bag of oranges,” Laws argues, since Bell is the only nominee who isn’t presiding over a competition series. And Chow adds that Bell could win since “his show won [Best Unstructured Reality Program] last year.” “United Shades” is the expected winner in that category again this year, but our users think Bell is at a disadvantage for Reality Host as he is in third place with odds of 40/1.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 17. Be sure to also predict winners for the Creative Arts ceremonies slated for September 8 and 9. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.