The 2019 Emmy nominations were announced on Tuesday, and a few of our favorite talent shows earned nominations. However, these nods were mostly in the technical categories, with only a couple of more major nominations.
It makes us wonder why Hollywood doesn’t nominate shows like American Idol and AGT as often as other reality competitions. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at what was nominated.
2019 Emmy Nominations
The only talent show to be nominated in the Outstanding Competition Program category is The Voice. Other nominees include American Ninja Warrior, Nailed It!, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Amazing Race, and Top Chef.
Interestingly, the only talent show host to be nominated in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program is James Corden for this year’s new CBS show The World’s Best.
Other than these two nominations, all the talent show representation appears in the technical categories. The Voice was nominated for its lighting, technical direction, production design, and casting. America’s Got Talent got a nod for lighting, and The Masked Singer was nominated for its costumes.
Why Don’t Talent Shows Get More Nominations?
Even though the Emmys have entire categories devoted to reality competition series, talent competitions don’t seem to get as much recognition as other shows. Could it be that Hollywood generally doesn’t take these shows as seriously?
It’s not terribly surprising that the Emmys would nominate The Voice over American Idol. It’s a common argument that The Voice focuses more on the contestants’ talent, while Idol adds more drama and personal stories to the mix. Still, American Idol showcases some amazing talent.
And what about America’s Got Talent? The show stands apart for featuring people of all ages and various talents, with some great showmanship. Oh, well. At least the Kids’ Choice Awards recognizes it.
If you want to see who wins, the Emmys will air on Fox on September 22.