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Saturday Night Live best host contest: Do-over! Who deserves a second chance?

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When it comes to picking the best host of Saturday Night Live, there’s not a lot of science involved. Or at least there shouldn’t be. The host either makes you laugh—or doesn’t.

Sometimes, it’s not their fault. A host is nothing without good writing, and some weeks of SNL are better than others. Still, each host is counted on to bring a certain cool confidence, paired with a willingness to look silly. Throw in the ability to read cue cards from 12 feet away, and you’ve got a shot to be a very capable host.

In our fourth annual Mr. Saturday Night contest, the weekly voters have been mostly in sync, rewarding a few standouts who hosted early in the season and resisting the flavor-of-the-month celebrity guest mentality. Our five finalists will be Bill Hader, Dwayne Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and this week’s host, Louis C.K. But democracy isn’t perfect. I believe it was the great Winston Churchill who famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government... Where are my pants, Eleanor?” 

So today is the day we fix democracy, that tyranny of the masses that eliminated Chris Rock, Cameron Diaz, and Martin Freeman, among 13 others. There will be a sixth name on the ballot in next week’s final poll, and you have the power to grant a second chance to one of these overlooked hosts. Personally, I’m torn between Freeman and the recently eliminated Michael Keaton. And I also think Jim Carrey had some of the funniest sketches of the season. (Clearly, judging by the photo above, my mind has probably been made.) But I get the same amount of votes as you: one… or as many anonymous computers as you’re willing to log on from in order to game the system. (I’m looking at you, HutchersonFan099 from Seattle.)

Since we all love SNL, this is a totally meaningless poll that nevertheless means something. Our previous winners have been all-timers—Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake—so it’s clear we’re taking this seriously. Now, review your ballot, analyze the candidates who made you laugh the hardest, and vote. And then check back in on Monday to see who made the cut.