Friday, August 2, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Who Will and Should Win for Host in a Reality or Competition Program?

The nominations have been announced for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. So now, it's time to speculate on who will and should win in each major category. Next up for analysis is Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

The Nominees Ranked By Which Should Win:
  1. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman for NBC's Making It
  2. Marie Kondo for Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
  3. RuPaul Charles for VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race
  4. Ellen DeGeneres for NBC's Ellen's Game of Games
  5. James Corden for CBS' The World's Best

It's absolutely insane that this is Nick Offerman's first ever Emmy nomination. He should have been a perennial favorite for Parks and Recreation alongside Amy Poehler. Of course, she never won for that show either. Instead, her sole Emmy victory came from co-hosting Saturday Night Live with Tina Fey. As such, both performers are deserving of more hardware from the Emmy voters. Plus, Making It was one of the most delightful and joyful shows to air last summer. The wait for a second season has been very long and agonizing. This pairing needs to be seen once more. Meanwhile, Marie Kondo actually inspired a huge cultural movement of sparking joy when it comes to tackling one's possessions and clutter. That's absolutely pivotal. She may have been a surprise entry in the field but she was certainly noticed by the world at large for her contributions. Plus, both RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres would be deserving winners for the work that they provide for the hit shows that they are currently starring in.

The Nominees Ranked by Which Will Win:
  1. RuPaul Charles for VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race
  2. James Corden for CBS' The World's Best
  3. Ellen DeGeneres for NBC's Ellen's Game of Games
  4. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman for NBC's Making It
  5. Marie Kondo for Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

RuPaul is the three-time reigning champion of this category. He was winning as a host before the show itself got a nomination (and later victory). If he were to win once more, then he would tie the record for most wins in this field alongside Jeff Probst from Survivor. That is a notable story that could lead him once more to a winning trajectory. Again, it would be very deserving and the voters seem very aware of the show's continued worth. But James Corden could be the huge upset in this field. It's absolutely insane that he got a nomination for a show that debuted after the Super Bowl and quickly became obsolete. That show was a major failure for CBS. It was not the next big reality show like some executives were probably hoping for. And yet, Corden remains beloved by the Emmy voters. He is nominated for more awards this year as a performer and producer than anyone else. That shows his strength across the board and should make him a very formidable contender. However, everyone here could have a winning story that would ultimately feel satisfying. A Corden win would be understandable if also the least desirable outcome. Meanwhile, it would be great if someone new actually surprised with a victory.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my predictions? Let me know in the comments below!