The 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 2003. 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.
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.