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'SNL' best host poll: Blake Shelton brings 'Hee-Haw' to New York

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Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton brought his guitar and country twang to Saturday Night Live, and from the moment he sat down on a hay-bale during the opening monlogue, he instilled the show with an easygoing sensibility. In contrast to most music or TV stars, Shelton played himself with an ease and comfort that’s impossible to fake—almost like some of the athletes that host. That might have put a ceiling on what he could do, but he seemed right at home with the cast in his SNL debut.

His Hee-Haw parody was a clever self-deprecating tone-setter, and his hate-filled ballad on Topeka Today was full of chuckles—especially when paired with Kate McKinnon’s old-timey photos. He may have mishandled a few punchlines on Celebrity Family Feud, but overall, he profited from the gift of modest expectations.

But will that luke-warm goodwill carry over to the Mr. Saturday Night voting? He’s sure to make a splash in his first week, but will he go the distance? Amy Adams was one-and-done after her episode, dropping a whopping 24 percentage points to finish last. Kevin Hart debuted at nearly 43 percent, taking a chomp out of Martin Freeman’s status as the frontrunner. The Hobbit star might bounce back, just as Bill Hader and Jim Carrey are strengthening their places in third and fourth places. But Carrey, who’s actually up two points in the most recent poll, might be the odd man out this time.

Previous vote:

Kevin Hart                42.62% (—)

Martin Freeman      30.76% (-19 pts)

Bill Hader                  12.32% (+1)

Jim Carrey                 8.97% (+2)

Amy Adams               5.32% (-24)

Our rules are simple: Who was the best, most memorable SNL host? More specifically, who do you hope gets invited back next year? Whose hilarious episode enjoyed multiple viewings on your DVR? Whose show had your boss, your mom, and your roommate still giggling on Monday morning? It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table.

So far, we’ve voted off Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Chris Pratt, Cameron Diaz, Woody Harrelson, James Franco, and Adams.

Below, watch one representative clip from each of the five hosts, just as a small taste of their recent performances. You’re not voting on this one sketch alone; be sure to consider the entire episode. Make your pick below, and the host with the least support will be eliminated; the other four will advance to compete against J.K. Simmons on Jan. 31. Ultimately, we’ll dismiss the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night in May. Watch and vote below.

Bill Hader

Jim Carrey

Martin Freeman

Kevin Hart

Blake Shelton

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