"American Idol" has dominated the reality singing world for the last decade but it got another nail in it's coffin with the Emmy nominations as "The Voice" has beaten them out for their spot two years in a row now. "The Voice" got the nod for the spot in "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program".
Even worse, "American Idol" was completely shut out of any Emmy nominations at all. The only glimmer of light was that host Ryan Seacrest was nominated for "Outstanding Reality Host".
This comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed the two shows for the last couple of years. "The Voice" just finished Season 4 on NBC and has had a steady increease in ratings each year.
On top of that, their winners are starting to have real music industry success. Season 3 winner, Cassadee Pope has released a No. 1 single, "Wasting All These Tears" to country and pop radio and she is currently supporting Rascal Flatts on their huge U.S. Tour also featuring The Band Perry.
The season that just finished up (Season 4) crowned Danielle Bradbery winner. She helped judge/coach Blake Shelton win his third season of the four it has been on (he was Cassadee's coach too). Danielle was hugely popular on the show, has a great voice and is already recording songs to get her single and new album out quickly.
Ironically for "American Idol", even though this past season was the lowest of their 12 seasons, the talent of the Top 3 might have been the best. Angie Miller, who got eliminated in the Top 3 has the best chance in many seasons of getting on the Kelly Clarkson/Carrie Underwood level. She has the voice and star power, but only time will tell.
"American Idol" took a lot of criticism this year for the judges, namely Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, constantly bickering.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, "The Voice" producer Mark Burnett said, "There's no humiliation of anybody on 'The Voice.' And many people said when we started that, 'Oh people won't want to watch unless there's big fights,' and it wasn't true. 'The Voice' has succeeded with kindness and just great talent."
The Emmy field for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program" is stacked this year with "The Amazing Race," "Dancing with the Stars," "Project Runway," "So You Think You Can Dance," and "Top Chef."
"Amazing Race" has dominated this field winning 9 of the last 10 years, but atleast "The Voice" can revel in again knocking "American Idol" out of the category.