EMMYS: 'The Voice' Knocks 'American Idol' Off Best Reality Series List

Voice Emmy NominationsThe Voice and American Idol took their rivalry to the Emmys. NBC’s The Voice this morning landed its first best reality-competition series nomination. Meanwhile, Fox’s veteran American Idol didn’t make the cut for the first time since the category was launched in American Idol Emmy Snub2003. Five of the six nominees for best reality-competition series were repeats from last year: winner The Amazing Race, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, and Project Runway, with The Voice taking American Idol‘s spot on the list from last year as the long-running Fox series is going through yet another round of judge changes.

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The rivalry between the singing competition series was particularly fierce this past season, with their ratings watched closely every week, and producers and talent of the two shows throwing barbs at each other. In the close ratings race, Idol was the ultimate winner, but The Voice is getting revenge in Emmy nominations. The Voice netted a total of four nominations today to Idol’s three — including a nod for host Ryan Seacrest. Meanwhile, the third big reality series in the singing competition genre, The X Factor, was left empty-handed.

  1. Its not that surprising. Nothing against American Idol, but I mean let’s be honest, it’s been on for 12 years now! It’s just that new shows are up and coming and deserve recognition. The Voice has done a great job in proving its worth in just 2 seasons.

    The X Factor will break through after it’s second season this year. Look for it to be an Emmy magnet next year.

  2. The Voice is great in the blind rounds but a dud in the later rounds. Idol at least builds throughout the season. I watch both on speed forward in a matter of minutes so I don’t really care either way but Idol does at least have record sales. The Voice winners and runner ups are pretty much failure when it comes to sales numbers.

    1. DVR permits shows like Idol, AGT, X Factor, The Voice, etc. to distill a two hour program to about 20 minutes focusing purely on the talent without any pre hype to the performance, judging or anything else.

      Idol may be 12 years old, but it still has the best talent far and away. All the rest of these shows are just noise (with some exceptions) often spending way too much time on the judges and not the talent development.

      That being said, it appears there is a large audience still for this kind of programming although it has probably peaked.

  3. It would be rad to see The Voice win!! It’s such a unique and cool show!!The coaches Christina Aguielra Adam Levine Blake Shelton Ceelo Green make this show so much fun together!!!!!!!So happy for there nomination!!

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