Emmys 2011: Who Deserves the Award for Best Reality Show Host?

Emmy Season is upon us, and with a little more than five weeks until the Sept. 18 ceremony, we here at TVLine decided it was time to find out who you’re rooting for in all the key acting and show categories. We’ll kick things off today with the race for Outstanding Reality Show Host, a category that’s only been in existence since 2008, and has been won all three times by Jeff Probst. Of course, don’t assume Survivor‘s fiesty ringleader is a shoo-in for the four-peat; he faces tough competition from American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest and Dancing With the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, both of whom are nominated for the fourth consecutive year (but are still seeking their first wins), as well as The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan (up for the third straight year), and first-time nominee Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance).

Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to justify your pick!

Every afternoon for the next month, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win” Emmy poll, so come back to TVLine.com every day to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s biggest honor, and to stay up to speed on all our races, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Teresa Faulkner says:

    Who could not think Ryan totally should win? Look, listen and watch him! He was so great this year with the younger contestants and the older ones! He even helped wipe their tears away, removed smudged lipstick, fixed their hair, their clothing the list keeps going he was there for each one of them!
    He made the audience that was present and the television audience feel completely in tune and part of a family of American Idol!
    They may be able to replace a judge, but he is unreplaceable! He’s one of a kind!
    Good Luck Ryan!

  2. Mag Turple says:

    Cat is the best host because she NEVER acts like any of it is rehearsed or written down. She acts based on what the situation is and does it with a ton of style!!!!! GO CAT GO!!!!!
    We all love you!

  3. BethanySue77 says:

    I really like Phil, Jeff and Tom but in all honesty I think Cat deserves it. She shows what a true woman is with grace, poise and beauty. Plus she host a live show! Cat you are a woman to look up to <3

  4. heidi k says:

    Cat all the way!

  5. Eric says:

    Cat really deserves this. It’s all been said already and I agree with all of it. There’s not a more genuinely human host than Cat. You can’t fake the personality she brings to the stage for an entire night let alone an entire season.

  6. Renee says:

    I think Cat Deely deserves the Emmy. She is witty and knowledgeable. She keeps the show flowing seamlessly, shows compassion towards the contestants, and she interacts wonderfully with the judges and contestants. She should’ve been nominated since 2008. Go Cat!

  7. Daniel Burnett says:

    Why does Cat deserve to win? Because she’s not just a great host who spends all her time rehearsing and building the tension. She’s REAL. When she’s up on stage with the mic, you can tell she enjoys her job. She jokes around, throws out non sequiturs, gives her honest opinion on things (not just what writers tell her to say), and honestly cares about the people on the show she’s hosting.

    Humility and sense of humor win out over robotic rehearsal for me any day. GO CAT!

  8. Sofia says:

    Cat is simply the one. Greetings from Sweden !!

  9. Julia says:

    Everyone loves Cat. The judges, dancers, and viewers. She is personable and does an incredible job and you can tell she looooves the show. She seems genuinely grateful to be a part of the show and she’s funny and gorgeous and hosts LIVE. I could go on and on…if she doesn’t win I will be VERY surprised. I feel like the Emmy “nominators” just realized that she existed otherwise she would’ve been nominated and winning this award every year. Hello, SYTYCD just wrapped it’s EIGHTH season!!!

  10. Natalie says:

    By far, Cat

  11. eddy says:

    Cat Deeley should win… She deserves it…

  12. Tracy says:

    Cat ALL the WAY!! She is sooo awesome and genuine.

  13. Shannon rohm says:

    Cat is amazing!! Sweet, believable, caring and truly enjoyable!!! I will vote for Cat every year!

  14. Math_Mage says:

    I’d normally avoid voting in this poll because I’d vote for my favorite show rather than my favorite host–and considering SYTYCD is the purest exhibition of talent of any reality show on TV, the result would be obvious. But Cat Deeley is such a magnificent live host that I can’t help but give her the nod. I don’t know if anyone could do better with a script than she does impromptu. All props to Probst for his performance on Survivor–his past victories have been well-deserved. But I think it’s time for Cat to get the recognition *she* deserves.

  15. Manuel says:

    I think Cat Deelay should win! She hosts very well the show

  16. Grace says:

    Cat Deeley! She comes across as sweet, genuine and a little quirky. Love the show and her!

  17. Andy says:

    Here is why I vote for Cat. If I could have dinner with anyone in the world I would pick her not because of beauty or charm. She seems to be very “real” not fake or some representation of of a gambot. I think she has a very promising future. Good luck CAt!!!!

  18. lshaver says:

    Cat all the way!

  19. Courtney says:

    Cat! She’s a great host. She cares about people, she’s funny without being over the top and So You Think You Can Dance is the best reality show on TV. It’s about time!

  20. D Jones says:

    Cat Neely

  21. juan says:

    CAT all the way, she is the best host

  22. Lindsey says:

    Definitely Cat Deeley!! She is an amazing hope and she deserves it!!

  23. Monica Reay says:

    Cat Deeley is AMAZING! She does such a great job, she’s very quick, funny and personable. She definitely deserves the title!

  24. Lindsey says:

    Definitely Cat Deeley!! She is an amazing host and she deserves it!!

  25. Beth says:

    Cat Deeley is great. SHe does seem to be a host everybody loves. I think she should get it and It’s ashame this is her first nomination

  26. Brandon says:

    Cat all the way. Screw probst…. He ‘s on survivor 100 or some crap…. Cat has been deserving of the title and goes above and beyond what any of the other nominees do as host or hostess and CAT should win….

  27. Lisa Welchel says:

    CAT CAT CAT CAY CAT! She deserves it! She is so comfortable on stage, interacts naturally with the judges and contesrants. She is beautiful, funny, and Smart! She actually makes the show better by being on it! She is Motherly to the contestants! She us by far the BEST!

  28. Robin says:

    Cat Is the winner

  29. Kara D says:

    Cat!!! I love her!!! She is a natural, so beautiful and a great person. I’m amazed this is the first year that she is nominated. Hope she wins!!!!

  30. Majeed Alturki says:

    Cat. Absolutely Cat Deeley. She’s sweet, funny, gorgeous and beautiful. You just can’t take your eyes off her!

  31. Ddonna Brown says:

    Cat all the way! Does an amazing job and have liked her from the beginning. She has the WOW factor.

  32. mamanance says:

    Cat, hmmm I’m torn. I do get annoyed by her constant, overly cute, way too precious comments about everything. IMO Cat, many times, comes off as insincere. Her commentary makes me feel as if she’s making a great effort to let everyone know how much she is on the “inside” of SYTYCD. (Cat’s the host, we all know she’s on the inside.) At other times she says strange, insensitive comments to the judges. I will say; she is beautiful, graceful, pleasant, stylish, and handles live tv’s unpredictable misshaps with aplomb. I do wish for her banter to be less…odd.

  33. Jeannette says:

    I used to watch Cat when I lived in England. She did a Saturday morning kids show with Ant and Dec called SMTV live and the kids loved her. It was cult viewing amongst college students too. Here’s a clip of their 100th show and you can see Victoria Beckham in the background too. :) Love Cat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBPjZ67Yxuw

  34. Stan says:

    Cat Deeley for the much desearved win !! The only choice !

  35. Chris says:

    I hope it will be Cat I love to watch her on so you think you dance, a show that I never miss, she has a great big heart for the contestants.

  36. deanna rocha says:

    Good luck Cat!

  37. Mia says:

    Cat! She’s awesome and funny and cares about the contestants. PS I don’t see a poll anywhere.

  38. Swinz87 says:

    Cat Deely appears to really care about the contestants on SYTYCD. She’s more than just a tv show host, she is a friend to the people on the show. Cat is entertaining to watch, and is truly likeable. There aren’t many female hosts out there, but she beats all those men out, no question about it.

  39. Rhonda says:

    I like Cat Deeley to win. I wouldnt b upset if Ryan Seacrest won either.

  40. Bill Hohn says:

    Is Survivor still on? The other shows all seem stale and overdone. SYTYCD has stayed fresh and is the only one really promoting arts education, all ages physical fitness and social responsibility. Cat definitely hosts with class, humor, and empathy for the contestants.

  41. Renata wiltse says:

    Cat all the waaaayy!!!

  42. Sheila says:

    This is the first year I started watching SYTYCD. I watched it one night and have been hooked ever since. I LOVE Cat. I think she is a great Host!!! She definitely should win the emmy in this category.

  43. Kimberly says:

    I LOVE CAT!! I don’t even know her but I love her! She’s so funny and sweet and not fake

  44. amy pnj says:

    Cat is host who cares and Knows her contestants. She thinks and talks about them like family. She cries with them and honors them. She is the one who deserves the Emmy. We love you at our house Cat!

  45. Katherine says:


  46. Melanie says:

    Cat!! She is awesome!

  47. Thom says:

    Cat Deeley

  48. Krista says:

    Cat far and away is the best. Her passion for dance and care for the contestants is obvious, every year she hosts a fourth of July bbq for the contestants. It’s easier for the viewer to connect to the show as a whole because of her.
    Constantly throughout the season my sister and I commented that Cat is just so much more personable than other hosts (Ryan Seacrest) and that just makes SYTYCD so much easier to watch than it’s singing cousin.

  49. Jamie Dickenson says:

    Cat Deeley..hands down

  50. Kristen harloff says:

    Cat all the way!!