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Emmy Predictions 2012: Reality categories

The Primetime Emmy Awards are coming this Sunday, Sept. 23rd. ABC will be airing them with Jimmy Kimmel as the host. Every day this week I’ll be giving my predictions in every category. Today I’ll be taking a closer look at the Reality categories. This should be easy…

Best Reality-Competition Program:
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

WILL WIN: The Amazing Race
SHOULD WIN: Project Runway

The Amazing Race has won this away 8 out of 9 times, and I really believe the one time it lost was just a fluke in the voting system. The Emmy voters love this show and I don’t see any reason why it won’t pick up another trophy. It had two pretty good cycle last season and it would be a deserving win. The wildcard here is The Voice, which replaced American Idol‘s annual nomination. Maybe voters will appreciate something new breaking through the lineup and vote for it to win. Personally I would like to see Project Runway finally take home a win. It’s past few seasons have been extremely entertaining and one of the best things on television. Shake it up a little bit, Emmy voters!

Best Host – Reality/Reality-Competition Program:
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

WILL WIN: Betty White
SHOULD WIN: Cat Deeley

This category is fascinating because of the absence of Jeff Probst. He’s been the only winner of this category since it’s inception 4 years ago. And in some weird twist of fate, wasn’t even nominated this year. Tom Bergeron & Ryan Seacrest should be the frontrunners. They’ve been nominated every year since it’s inception. But both of the shows are fading in popularity and aren’t really seen as being overdue. I would love to see Cat Deeley win. She’s one of the best things about SYTYCD and really shows what a reality host should do. Phil Keoghan is probably second. He’s one on the show that the Emmys can’t seem to stop awarding statues, but he’s such a nonfactor on the show that I don’t see voters feeling that he should win. That leaves Betty White. You can never bet against her and her nomination in this category has been one of the most talked about things this Emmy season. I think she’ll be taking this home on Sunday.