Since the Emmys created the category of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2003, Idol has been nominated a whopping nine times. Though the series has never won — it’s lost out to The Amazing Race almost every single year — the nomination alone has been honor enough.
Unfortunately, American Idol was passed over last year, and the snub came again when the 2013 nominations were announced on Thursday, July 18. Instead, The Voice, NBC’s reality singing show, took the place that Idol typically holds.
The sad fact is, we’re not surprised by these results. Ratings for the long-running FOX series have been on the decline for the past few years. Ticket sales for the American Idol Live! summer tour are down 300 percent since 2012, and even audition numbers have hit an all-time low.
While producers are doing everything in their power to revamp the show, it might just be too little too late. Not even the feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj could get viewers to tune in, so we doubt anything will bring about a major 180.
How do you feel about Idol getting snubbed by the Emmys? Did it deserve a nomination, or is this a sign that the show might not be around much longer?