Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: The final four!
As November comes to a close, so does EW.com’s first Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year Bracket Game. We’re down to the final four, each of whom is already a winner — they’ve been voted tops in their genre. The overall title, however, is the one that comes with bragging rights, so now is when they need your votes most. Who will you push into the finals?
Image Credit: LeAnn Mueller; Frank Masi; Frank Micelotta/Fox; Michael Yarish/CBSThe first semifinal matchup pits music winner Allison Iraheta against movies’ Karl Urban. Urban, who held his own opposite Bruce Willis in RED, fought his way to this round with narrow victories over the likes of Stanley Tucci (Easy A) and Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) — impressive. Iraheta, who took out fellow American Idol alum Elliott Yamin and Brandon Flowers on her way to the final four, finally got the respect someone who can sing like this (and this) live deserves. Too bad it didn’t come from her record label, Jive, who parted ways with her last fall as she was opening for Adam Lambert.
The second semifinal matchup finds So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley taking on Criminal Minds’ Thomas Gibson. You may be surprised to see Gibson emerge the scripted TV victor: his fans not only outvoted those of The Vampire Diaries‘ Paul Wesley, the same ones who mobilized to help Ian Somerhalder defeat Robert Pattinson for the EW.com title of Sexiest Beast last summer, but also anyone still fuming that Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal was snubbed by Emmy voters this year. But let’s not forget that Criminal Minds is a Top 10 show, averaging 16 million viewers in its sixth season. Season-to-date, it’s the No. 1 show on Wednesday (bettering Modern Family head-to-head in total viewers). It’s also routinely among the Top 10 most DVR’d shows, which means those who watch it are loyal. The delightful Deeley earning the reality-TV title, on the other hand, isn’t a huge surprise: Each year, EW.com readers lament the fact that she still has yet to nab an Emmy nomination for reality host when she’s so deserving (she cares about the contestants, she doesn’t make the show about her or the judges, and she dresses better than Heidi Klum).
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