“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is way out in front in our odds to win its first Best Reality-Competition Program Emmy and its third Best Reality Host statuette for RuPaul Charles. If this comes to fruition in September, “Drag Race” will sashay away with another honor: being the first show to win both categories.
It might sound weird that those two categories have never gone to the same show — in the same year or otherwise — before, but then you realize that these are two of the voters’ favorite races to rubber-stamp. In its 15-year existence, Best Reality-Competition Program has only gone to three shows: “The Amazing Race” (10 times, including the first seven in a row), “Top Chef” (2010) and “The Voice” (four times, including the last three in a row). Those series’ respective hosts — Phil Keoghan, Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, and Carson Daly — have never won the corresponding category, and Daly has never even been nominated.
The host category has seen a few more winners since it was added 10 years ago. Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) won the first four before being dropped like a bad habit. Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) prevailed in the first Probst-less field in 2012, followed by co-champs Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), two-time champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”) and two-time reigning champ Charles.
Predicting Charles for a three-peat is a safe bet, even with first-time host nominee Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”) in the running. But the program category is more of a gamble. We know how lazy voters can be in this race, so there is absolutely nothing preventing them from giving it to “The Voice” for a fifth time. “Drag Race” was predicted to win last year too, but the Emmys refused to vacate the “Voice” well.
Now watch “Drag Race” win and Charles lose.
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