“RuPaul’s Drag Race” might add a new page to the Emmy herstory books: The series is leading our Emmy odds for Best Reality Host and Best Reality-Competition Program, positioning it to become the first show to win both categories — and in the same year to boot.
Since the program race was added in 2003, only three shows have won: “The Amazing Race” (10 times), “Top Chef” (once) and “The Voice” (four times). The hosts of those shows — Phil Keoghan, Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, and Carson Daly — have never won the corresponding award, and Daly has never even been nominated.
The host category was created 10 years ago, producing a few more winners: five. Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) won the first four, followed by Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”), co-winners Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), two-time champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”) and RuPaul Charles, who’s taken home the last two.
Charles has 10/3 odds to three-peat and “Drag Race” has the same edge to stop “The Voice” from claiming its fifth statuette and fourth in a row. That being said, “Drag Race” was the predicted favorite to win last year. Oops. But last year was also the first time the show cracked the category, so it could be a case of baby steps. In any event, it would be nice to finally see the two winners sync up for the first time.
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