The long-running TV talent competition was snubbed again, garnering zero nominations for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards. It's the second year in a row for such shenanigans, after a decade of consistent "Idol" nominations in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category.
But it's not Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" that marked "Idol's'" Emmy spot. No, it's even worse: Mark Burnett's "The Voice" got this year's singing show nod. Two years in a row? Sounds like the beginnings of a streak to us.
Earlier this year, Burnett even directed a thinly veiled criticism of "American Idol" during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Amid a season of "Idol" catfights between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, "The Voice" producer declared, "There's no humiliation of anybody on 'The Voice.' And many people said when we started that, 'Oh people won't want to watch unless there's big fights,' and it wasn't true. 'The Voice' has succeeded with kindness and just great talent."
Of course, "The Voice" is up in a super crowded Emmy field that includes "The Amazing Race," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway," "So You Think You Can Dance," and "Top Chef," and while no way will it ever win ("Amazing Race" has won the Emmy nine out of the past 10 years), the fact is that it's a bummer to be an "Idol" insider right about now.
The only consolation for "Idol" fans is the fact that Ryan Seacrest got an Outstanding Reality Host nod. Of course, the talented host is facing some dire competition against Tom Bergeron, Cat Deeley, Anthony Bourdain, Betty White, and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. But hey, at least it's not Carson Daly.
But before you start crying over the end of "Idol's" heydey, let's remember the good ol' days, when there was still the chance for some Emmy love.
In 2011, then-exec producer Nigel Lythgoe told TV Line he was ready for an "Idol" win after an eight-year losing streak. (Keep the Susan Lucci comparisons to a minimum, please.) Lythgoe said, "I'm not one of these people who says, 'Oh I'm happy just to be nominated.' No, I wanna win -- no question about that …When you look at what that show is, it's like the Grammys and tougher than the Oscars to produce because you're dealing with different acts, different styles of music, and so on. We should win an award just for that -- never mind the rest of the series!"
The former "Idol" producer told Entertainment Weekly, "It isn't just about ratings or we would have won it every year. There's no question 'Amazing Race' is a beautifully produced show. We're totally different. We're live the night we do it and make up an entirely new show the next night again. It's really comparing apples and oranges."
But what about apples to apples? With "The Voice" taking the lone singing show spot, we may never know how "Idol" would have fared against it at the Emmys.
Two years ago, Lythgoe predicted, "I think it's fair to say if 'Idol' doesn't win it this year, I don't really ever see it winning." Sadly, he's probably right.
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