Time to wake up, Emmy voters!
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association held its second annual Critics’ Choice Awards on June 18, and they gave the Best Reality Show Host title Tom Bergeron of Dancing With the Stars and Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance (yep, you can tie at the Critics Choice Awards). That should make both hosts happy, especially since Tom has openly campaigned for Cat to win the Emmy, which always goes to Jeff Probst instead.
We’re obviously biased, but we think Tom should be the one to win the Emmy this year, even over Cat. Here’s why.
It’s time for liiiiiive new blood: Jeff Probst of Survivor (which is almost all pre-taped, for obvious reasons) has won the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program every year since the category was introduced in 2008. Every. Year. Meanwhile, Tom has been nominated every single year. The only other host with that honor is Ryan Seacrest of American Idol. Ryan hosts many Idol live shows, but the whole audition section is pre-taped, with Ryan mostly doing intros and hugging contestants.
Tom's work on DWTS — twice a week, for two seasons a year — is all live. He anchors the show with his witty quips, and is always ready to riff off something the judges say or the dancers do. It’s basically his job to herd the cats in a timely manner, making sure the judges don’t prattle on too long and ushering the couples off the stage in time to cut to commercial. His job is tough, and he performs it to perfection every week.
Snarkiness with a smile: Tom is rarely off his game and usually speaks the tough truths we all want to hear — especially after judge Len Goodman refuses to flash his 10 paddle for a great routine — and he does it without ever being mean-spirited or judgmental. He has the energy of Seacrest, the warmth of Cat, the savvy of Probst, the style of Project Runway's Heidi Klum, and more amazing-ness than The Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan.
Basically, he's everything you could want in a host. We're not saying Jeff Probst isn't good at his job, but come on. It's time for a change.
And while the Emmy voters are honoring Tom, they should also take note of the DWTS pros' work and give them *at least* one Emmy for choreography. Just saying.
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Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.