Saturday Night Live best host poll: Love or hate the Drake?
Did you love the Drake?
The singer performed double duty on Saturday Night Live, hosting and serving as the show’s musical guest. (The dual assignment even allowed Drake the host to go third person in his opening monologue.) Justin Timberlake is the current gold standard when it comes to multi-talented performers who can slay with both music and laughter, and Drake returned after his 2014 show to prove that he belongs in that elite conversation.
Maybe the third time will turn out to be the charm. Drake’s show didn’t exactly sing, though the host was certainly game and willing to put himself out there. He laughed off the memes, Canada jokes, and cast members’ snubs, and even challenged Jay Pharaohs’ Drake impersonation. But the show felt uneven, and his A-for-effort performance might not deliver the goods in this week’s poll.
Time is running out, and fellow dual-role guest Ariane Grande is the prohibitive favorite to become the first-ever Mrs. Saturday Night. Not only did she win the most recent poll, with 42 percent of the vote, but she’s actually surging. Not to be overlooked is second-place Russell Crowe, who, in addition to hosting a pretty funny episode, is benefiting from a significant grassroots movement online. His support is also up, an impressive development several weeks after his show aired. Brie Larson finished a distant third in her first week of voting, which usually means she’s vulnerable. That might be especially true because the fourth-place team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler could rebound now that voters can see the finish line. Sadly, Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus was soundly rejected, with only 3 percent of the vote.
Here’s the previous vote:
Ariana Grande 42% (+4 pt)
Russell Crowe 28% (+2)
Brie Larson 15% (—)
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler 12% (+1)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 3% (-16)
Our rules are simple: Who was the best, most memorable SNL host this season? More specifically, who do you hope gets invited back next year? 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 eliminated Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David, Peter Dinklage, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Driver, Jonah Hill, Ryan Gosling, Ronda Rousey, Amy Schumer, Chris Hemsworth, Tracy Morgan, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Banks, Miley Cyrus, and Donald Trump.
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Below, see 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 Fred Armison after May 21’s season finale. Those final five will be joined by one other; one of the guests who was previously eliminated will be granted a second chance with a special poll later this week. So cry not for Julia Louis-Dreyfus just yet (or Larry David or Melissa McCarthy or Ryan Gosling). Until then, watch and vote below.