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'Dancing with the Stars' yet to waltz off with choreography Emmy

February 10, 2009 | 10:05 am

"Dancing With the Stars" returns March 9 on ABC. The just announced lineup of celebrities should generate enough star power among them to make this eighth season another ratings winner -- and perhaps a serious Emmy Awards contender. There are a quartet of singers (Belinda Carlisle, Jewel, Lil' Kim and Chuck Wicks), three athletes (gymnast Shawn Johnson, rodeo rider Ty Murray and ex-NFLer Lawrence Taylor) and actors (David Alan Grier, Gilles Marini, and Denise Richards). Rounding out the roster are oddball Steve-O, "Access Hollywood" anchor Nancy O'Dell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Will any of these lucky 13 prove so sure-footed that they can finally win "Dancing With the Stars" the Emmy for choreography? Shockingly, this dancefest has lost that award three years running. In 2006, "Dancing with the Stars" had three noms in the category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. Last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win.

Over three years of Emmy eligibility, "Dancing with the Stars" has managed only four technical wins from its 23 nominations. Besides that embarrassing shut-out in the choreography category, the show has lost the reality competition title three years running to "The Amazing Race." And in September, "Dancing with the Stars" emcee Tom Bergeron lost the first Emmy race for reality show host to Jeff Probst of "Survivor."

Rumor has it that the judges of these reality competition shows will be getting their own category at the next Emmys. When we polled you in September about which judge of "Dancing with the Stars" deserved to claim this new prize, you overwhelmingly went with Bruno Tonioli. He reaped slightly more than half of the 1,348 votes cast in our "Dancing with the Stars" poll, followed by 29% for Len Goodman and 20% for Carrie Ann Inaba.

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