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Amazing Race wins its third consecutive Emmy; Donald Trump wins Emmy Idol

The Amazing Race won its third consecutive Emmy in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category. The show beat American Idol, The Apprentice, Project Runway, and Survivor.

The award is given for multiple seasons, and both The Amazing Race 6 and The Amazing Race 7 aired last year. The clip they used showed Uchenna and Joyce racing for a pit stop, though, so we’ll give it to their season.

Bertram van Munster accepted the award along with 30 other producers, but he made a quick acceptance speech:

“Yes, we’ll keep it very very short. Thank you so much, thank the academy, CBS, the tremendous people that work with me and work with us around the world. We are so thrilled and overwhelmed. Thank you very, very much.”

There was more reality television during the ceremony; Phil Keoghan and Jeff Probst introduced the trophy presenters, who were past Top Model contestants. But since no one really cares, and their appearance was likely just to promote a show on CBS’ sibling network, Jeff and Phil neglected to actually mention their names (Naima Mora and Ann Markley).

The Emmys also adopted the reality TV format by having celebrities perform TV songs in an “Emmy Idol” competition. Performing were Donald Trump and Megan Mullally (the theme from “Green Acres”), Kristen Bell (who lip-synched the theme from “Fame”), Gary Dourdan and Macy Gray (“Moving’ On Up” form “The Jeffersons”), William Shatner and Frederica von Stade (the theme to “Star Trek,” which of course has no words except the spoken introduction).

Donald Trump wore overalls and a white t-shirt, and carried a pitchfork, and thus there was no way he could have lost. And he and Megan Mullally did win, although they received no prize and we didn’t even hear from Ellen DeGeneres how many votes they’d received. Kind of like the real Idol.

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