Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Reality Host

2015 Nomination Predictions
Tom Bergeron "Dancing With the Stars"
Anthony Bourdain "The Taste"
Carson Daly "The Voice"
Cat Deeley "So You Think You Can Dance?"
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn "Project Runway"
Jane Lynch "Hollywood Game Night"

Other Contenders - Phil Keoghan "The Amazing Race", Jeff Probst "Survivor", Ryan Seacrest "American Idol", Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio "Top Chef", RuPaul "RuPaul's Drag Race", Guy Fieri "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", Nick Cannon "America's Got Talent", Julie Chen "Big Brother", Allison Sweeney "The Biggest Loser", Gordon Ramsey "MasterChef Junior", Ted Allen "Chopped", John Barrowman "Sing Your Face Off", McKenzie Westmore "Face Off", Ty Pennington "On the Menu", Wendi McLendon-Covey "Repeat After Me", Alton Brown "Cutthroat Kitchen", Ted Allen "Chopped"

Commentary - Like all of the Reality/Variety categories, this one doesn't change often. Betty White is not eligible this year, so, in my opinion that leaves one slot open. I fully expect last year's winner Lynch, Klum and Gunn, Deeley (who won this year's CCTA), Bourdain, and Bergeron to all get in again. There is simply not a good reason to bet against them. That leaves one slot for a lot of contenders. Phil Keoghan, Jeff Probst, Lakshmi and Colicchio, and Ryan Seacrest have all been previous nominees, and voters could easily go right back to them. But I think it is time for some new blood, and the Emmy voters rarely go back to contenders once they have left them off. I would love to see RuPaul get an Emmy nod that is way overdue, or maybe the Chen-bot, or maybe even one of the Food Network guys who bring food and entertainment together. But, I think that after winning one year, and getting back to back nominations, that The Voice is definitely a favorite among reality voters. I think this is the year that Carson Daly finally makes the cut. He is not particularly the most exciting host, but he is a solid leader of a beloved show, and the trajectory suggests that it is his time for some recognition.

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