By Annie Barrett
Updated August 21, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Each day, from now until next Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, we’ll be posting polls about the major races. Pretend you’re an Emmy voter (or, if the choices strike you as too terrible, go vote in’s third annual EWwy Awards — our totally edgy alternative Emmys based on readers’ suggestions for who really deserves to win the trophies). Up today: REALITY. Deal with it!

It seems weird that award-show categories are often called “races,” but I guess in the case of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, it makes sense because Race is in one of the titles (The Amazing Race) and the other series could probably be considered races — against time (Project Runway, Top Chef) and impending re-entrance into obscurity (American Idol, Dancing With the Stars).

  • Since the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category’s inception in 2003, The Amazing Race has always won. Looking at this year’s nominees…that’s not about to change. It can’t, right? That would be silly. There will be NO silliness when it comes to reality TV.
  • It’s the fourth year in a row that the nominees for this race have been exactly the same. Survivor was nominated in 2006.

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