"American Idol" isn't in it to win it at this year's Emmys. For the second year in a row, "Idol" has been snubbed in the Emmys' Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category.
Ever since this category was introduced by the Emmys in 2003, "Idol" always received a nomination...until last year, when it was passed over for the first time. Now, with this second snub, a pattern is starting to emerge. That's gotta hurt. Adding insult to injury is the fact that "Idol's" biggest rival program, "The Voice," was nominated, for its second consecutive year. Ouch.
This snub is really just another setback in a bad year for "Idol." First, the once-unstoppable Fox institution suffered a massive ratings plummet during Season 12. Then three of its judges, including veteran Randy Jackson, left the show, and they have yet to be replaced. Reports are saying that the Season 13 cattle-call auditions, which kicked off this month, are experiencing unusually low turnout. And now, this.
Well, at least former "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, who was fired from "Idol" after the series' rough 12th season, can find comfort (or more like revenge) in the fact that his other, quite excellent Fox series, "So You Think You Can Dance," very deservedly scored an Outstanding Reality-Competition Program nomination, for the third year in a row — and that "The X Factor," the show helmed by his onetime arch nemesis Simon Cowell, was once again passed over entirely.
"SYTYCD" hostess with the mostess Cat Deeley also received a nod in the Outstanding Reality Host category, as did venerable "Idol" emcee Ryan Seacrest, both of whom have shockingly never won. This may finally be Ryan's year (he certainly earned it in Season 12, having to hold the show together and keep the good vibes flowing while Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj bickered)...but even if he wins, it doesn't bode well or look good for "Idol" that the show was overlooked in the more important main category.
As for which of the actually nominated reality shows in the main category — "The Voice," "SYTYCD," "The Amazing Race," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway," and "Top Chef" — will snag that shiny golden Emmy statuette, it'll probably go to "Race" for the jillionth time, or maybe to "Chef," which broke "Race's" winning streak in 2010. But I'd be thrilled to see "SYTYCD" finally get a shot. "SYTYCD" has endured its own ratings struggles over the past year, and an Emmy victory for the show (or for Cat, or for Outstanding Choreography, a category in which "SYTYCD" is nominated four times) would help clinch a renewal for an 11th season.
As for whether "American Idol" gets nominated next time, that'll obviously depend on how Season 13 turns out. Perhaps this Emmy snub is an indication that Fox execs are indeed wise to try to drastically retool the show in 2014. New "Idol" producer Per Blankens definitely has his work cut out for him, if he wants to make a trip to the Emmys podium next year.
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing With the Stars"
OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"
Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, "Project Runway"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"
Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"
Anthony Bourdain, "The Taste"
"Dancing With The Stars," Heart Cry (Derek Hough, Allison Holker)
"Dancing With The Stars" – Hey Pachuco (Derek Hough)
"Rogers & Hammerstein’s Carousel" (Wayne Carlyle)
"So You Think You Can Dance" – Possibly Maybe/Turning Page/Sail (Sonya Tayeh)
"So You Think You Can Dance" – The Power of Love/Wild Horses (Mandy Moore)
"So You Think You Can Dance" – Call of the Wild/Love Cats/Beautiful Peoples (Napoleon & Tabitha Duomo)
"So You Think You Can Dance" – Where the Light Gets In/Without You/Unchained Melody (Travis Wall)