2011 Emmy predictions: who’s the top reality TV host?

The show airs September 18.

Over the course of the next several weeks leading up to the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, we are going to look every weekday at a given category not only with the guise of who will win, but also who ultimately is the most deserving pick for the impressive trophy.

This time around, the focus is on the category of Outstanding Host of a Reality or Reality Competition Program.

The nominees

-Jeff Probst (“Survivor”)

-Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”)

-Phil Keoghan (“The Amazing Race”)

-Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”)

-Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”)

Who will win

At the end of the day, the Emmys will make this a race between Deeley, Seacrest, and Probst (who has won this award every time since its inception earlier in the year). From there, it really depends on what direction the voters take.

When it comes to the safe choice, it would be easy to say that Probst would win this award again — and in many ways, he deserves it. He is hands-on with every aspect of the show, does a fantastic job at never making the premise come across as cheesy, and even rolls with the punches (including the twists that don’t work such as the Medallion of Power). At the same time, the fact that neither season of “Survivor” in the past year was outstanding — even if Boston Rob put in the most dominating performance ever on “Redemption Island.”

The Emmys eventually are going to change it up, and this seems to be Seacrest’s year. “Idol” proved many doubters wrong in staying successful even after Simon Cowell left, and Ryan is a big part of that. He takes the job seriously, manages to incorporate some humor, and also is quick on his feet during the live shows. If he submits the episode featuring Casey Abrams getting saved by the judges, he may have this won already.

As for Deeley, she is certainly deserving — and is also a trendy pick by the fans. The problem is that the Emmy voters like to groom their potential winners sometime, and Cat probably needs another year to build up the momentum to take home the gold.

Who should win

Tom Bergeron. He’s not a popular choice in that he hosts a cheesy show, but he may do the best job out of anyone when it comes to making it seem interesting. Just look at how boring “Skating with the Stars” was without someone who truly embraced the camp.

Not only is Bergeron quicker on his feet than anyone in the business, but he also seems to genuinely care about the contestants and everyone involved. Rarely do you watch a show excited to hear what the host says, but Tom continued to guide us through the madness while contributing to it every step of the way.


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