This year’s Emmy race for Best Competition Program seems to be a real head-scratcher, as our Experts peg no less than four different series to take home the gold. The majority of these journalists from major media outlets — 10 out of 13, to be exact — predict that VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will prevail. The other three Emmyologists are split between NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” What show do YOU think will win? Be sure to make or update your Emmy picks right now.
These 10 Emmy Experts believe that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will sashay away with a bookend trophy after last year’s triumph: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Stacey Wilson Hunt (Gold Derby) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby). “Drag Race” was a late-comer to the Emmy game, only being nominated in the top series race for the first time for its ninth season in 2017 before ultimately winning for Season 10.
As for the other three rogue predictors, Ed Martin (Media Village) thinks that “American Ninja Warrior” will prevail after being nominated three times before in this category (2016-18). Mary Murphy (Gold Derby) forecasts a victory for “AGT: The Champions” after a decade of of egregious snubs for its parent series “America’s Got Talent.” And Robert Rorke (New York Post) goes out on a limb for “The Masked Singer,” TV’s latest ratings juggernaut.
Based on our Experts’ rankings, “Drag Race” leads the predictions for the newly named Best Competition Program with 71/20 racetrack odds, followed by a trio of perennial nominees: “The Voice” at 5/1 odds, “The Amazing Race” at 5/1 odds and “Top Chef” at 8/1 odds. Next comes “The Masked Singer” at 17/2 odds, “American Ninja Warrior” at 21/2 odds and “AGT: The Champions” at 11/1 odds.
When it comes to Gold Derby’s website staff Editors who cover awards year-round, there’s no drama as all six predict a repeat victory for “RuPaul’s Drag Race”: Chris Beachum, Joyce Eng, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble, Susan Wloszczyna and me.
Be sure to make your 2019 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 nominations are announced on July 16. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.