2018 Emmy Odds: Time for a Fresh Face, Bet ‘Drag Race’ for Outstanding Reality

Monday, July 30, 2018 11:29 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018 11:29 AM UTC

In a category of so-last-year nominees for Emmy for outstanding reality competition, may the best woman win.

<p>The nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition Series are exactly the same as last year, and yet, we sense a change looming.</p><p>In its 10th season, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">Emmy momentum may finally be growing for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,”</a> which scored 12 nominations. The show’s host, RuPaul Charles, already has won two Emmy Awards as host.</p><p>Could this be the year “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finally takes home the top prize? Our well-manicured fingers are crossed.</p><p>Since 2003, CBS’ “The Amazing Race” has won 10 times including a seven-year winning streak. Bravo’s “Top Chef” has won once and NBC’s “The Voice” has taken the award four out of the last five years.</p><p>Oddsmakers at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a> and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4682&amp;book=Sports Betting" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">SportsBetting</a> are <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">giving the best odds</a> to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (-1200). Last year’s winner, “The Voice,” is second choice with odds of +700, followed by “The Amazing Race” (+2000), “American Ninja Warrior” (+2500), “Project Runway (+2500) and “Top Chef” (+2500).</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🙌 12’s 12’s 12’s across the board!!! 🙌 THANK YOU &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TelevisionAcad?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@TelevisionAcad&lt;/a&gt; for the 12 Nominations for &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DragRace?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DragRace&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Untucked?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Untucked&lt;/a&gt;!!! &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/sG13hc7rSL\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/sG13hc7rSL&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/RuPaulsDragRace/status/1017445369574289409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 12, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>We can read the odds and we think the Emmys will embrace a fresh face – or at least one with fabulous eyelashes, lips and contoured cheekbones.</p><p>Missing from that list is “Survivor” of CBS, which may be running out of coconut juice, and the rebooted “American Idol,” which landed on ABC with a thud and flat-lined after the voting public eliminated all diversity from the finale.</p><p>As fierce in its political message as its cultural impact, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” advocates equality as it stays the course on authenticity of its contestants and drag race “art” – presentation, lip sync and overall fabulosity.</p><p>This year’s winner, Aquaria, came out on top of “Drag Race’s” first three-way finale in “herstory” and, like other winners will find moderate success on a club tour. Frankly, we have trouble remembering who won this year’s “Project Runway” or “The Voice,” shows designed to launch careers.</p><p>Reality shows are less expensive to produce for network and cable networks, and the overall draw of these shows is for viewers to live vicariously through the competitors and to judge them, especially if given the chance to vote.</p><p>We love the globetrotting fun of “The Amazing Race,” the show that takes us to exotic locales each week. Sometimes, we wanna shake the bickering couples, but then we remember that time in Italy when we ... never mind, you don’t need to know.</p><p>And because we’ll likely never get to New York’s Fashion Week, “Project Runway” puts us on the catwalk to admire what designers can put together in a short period of time using recycled materials and models that look like us. Plus, Tim Gunn. He makes that show work for us every week.</p><p>“Top Chef” just makes us hungry – every week. Seriously, when is Bravo going to seize the opportunity and sell “Top Chef” food kits. Cha-ching!</p><p>As for “The Voice,” our favorite part of the show is the first round with the contestant back stories, the hit-it-out-of-the-park auditions and the chair turn. We LOVE the chair turn. We find the Blake Shelton vs. Adam Levine sniping tiresome, Kelly Clarkson is loveably goofy and Alicia Keys is inspiring. The show does well in the ratings, but that success hasn’t always translated to the show’s winner. The most successful winner, Cassadee Pope, has had modest career at best.</p><p>The ripped competitors of “American Ninja Warriors” are fun to watch but they still haven’t inspired us to join Crossfit. We’re never going to be able to scale that Warped Wall but we’d do a helluva job hitting that big red button at the end.</p><p>So, enough of the racing, sewing, cooking, singing and, uh, ninjaing. Bring on the Emmy for dragging. OK, OK, you know what we mean.</p><p>The 70th Primetime Emmy, with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live,” air Sept. 17 on NBC.</p>
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