Primetime Emmys 2013: Reality Check – ‘The Voice’ Knocks Off ‘The Amazing Race’

For the first time since the creation of the best reality-competition category, a singing competition won the Emmy tonight. The Voice — aka, the singing competition NBC bought when it lost the bidding war to get Simon Cowell’s The X Factor — became only the second non-The Amazing Race series to win this category. CBS’ Amazing Race has won this derby nine times. “We’re back on Monday. Keep us No. 1,” exec producer Mark Burnett plugged onstage, thanking NBC for “for taking a risk” when it bought the overseas format. “The Voice is like producing an awards show on the fly with massive pyrotechnics and massive effects,” Burnett said backstage. He scoffed at any comparisons to Fox’s once-ratings-dominant singing competition, American Idol. “This is a very different show. It’s a kind show. There’s no humiliation in The Voice. People said these kinds of shows couldn’t work without humiliation, and that’s not true.” Burnett said he never felt any real comparison to Idol was genuine.

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