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Can Evan Lysacek win 'Dancing With the Stars' that elusive choreography Emmy?

March 2, 2010 |  8:15 am

Evan Lysacek Dancing With the Stars Olympic Games The "Dancing With the Stars" lineup for season 10 includes newly crowned Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek. Three other Olympic champs have waltzed off with the top prize on this reality show -- speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4), figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8). But none of their Olympic gold rubbed off on the show, which has failed to win the Emmy Award for choreography for four years running.

In 2006, "Dancing With the Stars" had three nominations in the choreography 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. And in both 2008 and 2009, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing the most recent victory with the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Over its first four years of Emmy eligibility, "Dancing With the Stars" managed only five technical wins from its 33 nominations. Besides that embarrassing shutout in the choreography category, the show has lost the reality competition title four years running to "The Amazing Race." And "Dancing with the Stars" emcee Tom Bergeron has lost the first two Emmy races for reality show host to Jeff Probst of "Survivor."


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