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'American Idol' judges can't win an Emmy!

April 15, 2009 |  5:28 pm

For now at least, you can forget the news you heard last year that the Emmys were planning a new award just for the judges of reality TV shows like "American Idol." TV academy chairman John Schaffner told Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada the new category would be in place this year, but now it looks like American Idol Simon Cowell Kara Dioguardi Paula Abdul Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi won't be competing against each other like Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and Lil Rounds do on stage.

TV academy awards chief John Leverence tells Gold Derby that the new Emmy Award isn't ready to go this year.

Simon Cowell might be considered the front-runner for the new prize, but the bad Emmy luck of "American Idol" may continue. TV's most successful program has been nominated 33 times and has lost 31 contests, including all six in a row for best reality show (all to "The Amazing Race"). Last year, Ryan Seacrest lost the new category set up just for TV reality hosts. Arguably, the regular TV series has won only one Emmy — for best picture editing in 2008. The Emmy it won in 2007 for camerawork was technically bestowed to the "American Idol" special "Idol Gives Back."

Photo: Fox TV

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