The Creative Emmy Awards were presented this past weekend. These are the less sexy awards that are deemed not important enough to televise during the actual Primetime Emmy Awards. But, they are Emmys nonetheless. Prior to this weekend, American Idol
had been in the midst of Emmy Award futility, the likes of which hasn't been seen since Newhart,
which went 25 nominations without a win. Idol
has been nominated 21 times in a variety of categories with zero victories. That's tough to swallow. Finally, this past weekend, American Idol
won its very first Emmy, thanks in part to Celine Dion and Elvis Presley. American Idol
won the Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction for its "Idol
Gives Back" fundraising special, which included a duet between Celine Dion and a computer illusion of Elvis Presley.
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FOX and the American Idol
brass are no doubt breathing easy after this victory. There have already been numerous media reports regarding the show's near-record award futility. Had Idol
's winless streak continued on into next year, you can bet that the press would be all over it. Remember how big of a story Susan Lucci's Daytime Emmy drought became? And that was for a soap opera. American Idol
would not have been happy to be known as the biggest Emmy loser in TV history. Now, they can thank Elvis for bringing home a statue.
Perhaps I'm in the minority here, but I didn't think the Elvis/Celine Dion duet during "Idol Gives Back" was all that impressive. Graphics like that have been used for years (Forrest Gump
, anyone?) and I think the technical aspect of the performance was overblown. Also, I pretty much despise Celine Dion. Overall, though, I did think "Idol
Gives Back" was an extremely well-produced couple hours of television, even if FOX bailed and didn't eliminate any contestants from the competition. American Idol
is always tightly produced, no small feat considering the live nature of the proceedings. Even if you're an American Idol
hater, it's hard to argue with the show receiving a technical award.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image Courtesy of FOX)