Last month I made the bold prediction that "American Idol" would finally win the Emmy for best reality competition program, based on viewing the episodes submitted to judges. At that point I thought Ryan Seacrest had a good chance to win for best reality host too because I assumed that he also submitted the season finale, in which he got lots of quality face time. Nope. Below is the list of actual submissions. Our Emmy guru Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) has viewed them all and thinks Jeff Probst will prevail as best host for a third year in a row, based on the strength of his "Survivor" entry. Rob says Ryan's eppy is good but that nothing can beat Jeff's powerhouse segment.
BEST REALITY HOST: EPISODE SUBMISSIONS
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars" ("Episode 1001")
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" ("Nanna is Kicking Your Butt")
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway" ("Sew Much Pressure")
Jeff Probst, "Survivor" ("This is the Man Test")
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" ("Episode 930/931A")
Many thanks to our forums moderator Matt Noble for pointing out this clip below from You Tube, which shows the "money scene" from Jeff Probst's Emmy episode submission.Photo: Jeff Probst. Credit: WireImage