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Can “Idol” finally win the top Emmy?

July 17, 2008

They did great things for “American Idol” by thrilling fans in one of the closest contests on that TV talent show in years, but can David Cook and David Archuleta turn the tide for “Idol” at the Emmy awards this year?

“Idol” might be the most watched show on U.S. television but it has struggled to get some love from Emmy voters over the last six years. The show with a huge fan base has won only one of the U.S. television industry’s top honors –  for technical direction for the 2007 charity special “Idol Gives Back.” But it has lost out for five years to “Amazing Race” in the contest for the top honor in its genre, best competitive reality show.

“Idol” got five Emmy nominations on Thursday for its most recent season that ended in May, including one for host Ryan Seacrest but nothing for judges Simon, Randy and Paula – there doesn’t appear to be a category for best put-downs!ryan.jpg

After what was considered a better show in terms of talent this year, a record 97.5  million votes cast in the May finale, an average 28 million viewers per episode in 2008, and a sell-out Idol national tour now underway, can the show now get some respect from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences? 

Watch this space when the Emmys awards are handed out on September 21.



Posted by Sam Lim | Report as abusive

What can i say..pretty boring to see the same show wining again and again’s like: why they need to have other nominations, when they are obsessed with Amazing Race?!

Posted by zorba | Report as abusive

AMAZING talent this year on idol! So deserving of Emmy Nominations! They should win all categories hands down!
Most exciting show on TV!

Posted by Kelly | Report as abusive

American Idol deserves an Emmy nominations…I hope David Archuleta will be nominated:)

Posted by jane | Report as abusive

For reality shows… the contestants themselves don’t have the option of a nomination… its the shows producers, hosts, personalities, that have a chance to get nominated. Just wait until next year… GRAMMYS!!!

Posted by Darren | Report as abusive

It was the awesome talent this year on American Idol for their Emmy nominations. David Archuleta gets most of the credit. (Just my opinion)

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive was a good year for AI. We watched the judges promote a kid over others more talented and at the end, they should get the Eating Crow Award.

Posted by Mary | Report as abusive

Excuse me, why would David Archuleta be nominated? David Cook is the surprise not even the judges expected. It is not the Emmy’s but the Grammy’s that is important and when the cd’s come out that do not sound like American Idol cookie cutters that we will see Cook, Carly, Jason, Brooke and Micheal at their best.

Posted by Mary | Report as abusive

Hopefully Idol will get an Emmy this year. It was a great show with incredible talent as exhibited particularly by the prodigy, David Archuleta. See him in concert and it’ll curl your hair! His voice is SO rich and pure and just FILLS the venue! It’s staggering to hear such beauty.

Cook is also very good as is Jason, Brooke, Carly and Chikeze. I think the program was well done and that Ryan was a great host. This should be Idol’s year to take the trophy!

Posted by Karen | Report as abusive

Oops! How did Michael Johns get left off my list of good performers?? He’s one of the best along with Cook, Brooke, and Jason. Sorry. My bad.

Posted by Karen | Report as abusive

The best season yet. True Archuleta has a beautiful voice & he’s up there with Josh Groban – but not a mainstreamer whose albums will become collectors items one day. A very mature voice for a 16 year old. Can’t wait for Cook’s album to hit the market – Now he’s star quality!!

Posted by alex tyree | Report as abusive

Idol should absolutely be given at least 1 emmy!! I’ve never watched it before but this year the talent was the best thing on TV!

Posted by Judith Kraft | Report as abusive

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