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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Lighting Direction

The Emmys are only a few weeks away…so it’s best to start predicting. I’m going to take a look at each category and predict who I think will be taking home the lovely Emmy statue on Sept. 15 (Creative Arts) or Sept. 22 (Primetime telecast).

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Best Lighting Direction – Variety Series:
American Idol – “Finale”
Dancing with the Stars – “Episode 1605”
Saturday Night Live – “Martin Short”
So You Think You Can Dance – “Season 9 Finale”
The Voice – “Live Final Performances (Season 3)”

*So You Think You Can Dance has won this award the past two years and I don’t expect that to change. The lighting on the show is something that always stands out and their finale episode is a great showcase of that. The finale features previous dances being given encores. The team has to do a lot of work to recreate different lighting queues and designs from earlier in the season. It’s a lot of work and they pull it off seamlessly. If anything can unseat it as a champion, I would predict The Voice, which has become more of an Emmy favorite this year and picked up more technical nominations.*

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Best Lighting Direction – Variety Special:
Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino (Great Performances)
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Oscars
2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyonce

*The Grammys usually win this category, unless the Olympics opening ceremony is nominated. I would be really surprised in the London ceremony didn’t pick up another Emmy win here. The Grammys could be a possible spoiler. Beyonce’s halftime show at the Super Bowl would be a worthy winner (the opening shot of the lighting of the stage was spectacular), but I don’t think it has much of a shot against these other heavyweights.*