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And the Emmy nominees for best reality-competition program will be . . .

June 22, 2009 | 12:13 pm

On the official Emmy ballot, there are 27 shows competing for outstanding reality-competition program, but the same five have been nominated for the last two years: "Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway" and "Top Chef." And the same one has won all six years since this category was created ("Amazing Race").

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So handicapping this Emmy race seems to be fairly simple. Below is my rundown. I'm throwing "Survivor" into the "front-runners" portion because it was nominated here four years in a row (2003-2004) and Jeff Probst won the new award for reality host last year.

Hey, where's "America's Got Talent"? Why didn't producers submit it this year?

"The Amazing Race"
"American Idol"
"Dancing With the Stars"
"Project Runway"
"Top Chef"

"America's Next Top Model"
"The Bachelor"
"Big Brother"
"Biggest Loser: Couples"
"Celebrity Apprentice"
"Deal or No Deal"
"Hell's Kitchen"
"So You Think You Can Dance"

"America's Best Dance Crew"
"The Gong Show"
"I Survived a Japanese Gameshow"
"I Want to Work for Diddy"
"The N's Student Body"
"Party Monsters: Cabo"
"Pretty Wicked"
"Queen Bees"
"Real World/Road Rules Challenges"
"RuPaul's Drag Race"
"True Beauty"

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