It’s the end of an era: “The Amazing Race” won’t be eligible for the Emmys for the first time ever. As previously announced, Season 31 premieres Wednesday, May 22, just nine days before the May 31 eligibility deadline. That’s bad news for the 10-time Best Competition Series champ, but great news for another contender.
Let’s assume the other five Best Competition Series nominees from last year — reigning champ “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and “The Voice” — will make the cut this time (and there’s no reason to think they won’t since voters are lazy as hell with this category). That leaves one spot vacated by “Race,” which has been nominated all 16 years of the category’s existence. So which show would you like to see that opening to go?
Since Emmy voters are so monotonous here, they could dip back into the well and tap a former nominee that they’ve long since dropped. Nine-time nominee “American Idol” hasn’t been nominated since 2011 (it was off the air from April 2016 until March 2018), but it couldn’t crack the field with the ABC reboot last year. Eleven-time nominee “Dancing with the Stars” hung on until it was dropped in 2017, but everyone hated last season. Five-time nominee “So You Think You Can Dance” was dumped in 2016 and four-time nominee “Survivor,” the granddaddy of reality shows, hasn’t been nominated since way back in 2006.
But don’t get your hopes up: No show that has been voluntarily dropped by voters (versus a forced absence from eligibility issues) has been able to return to the lineup in this category. So basically, once they’re done with you, they’re done for good.
That gives an edge to a brand new show or a first-time nominee. The obvious pick is “The Masked Singer,” the hottest reality show of the season by far, that would be a a deserving nominee. NBC has been nurturing “World of Dance” the past few years, and it has two seasons eligible; Season 2 aired last summer and Season 3 premiered two weeks ago.
There are also shows that have won the host Emmy but haven’t been up for the series prize yet, like “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “MasterChef Junior” and “Match Game.” And then there are the long-running stalwarts that have never been nominated, like “Big Brother,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” The possibilities are endless.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.