The Voice Beats RuPaul’s Drag Race for Emmy, causes mixed reactions
SaMya Overall, Reporter
The Voice won Outstanding Reality Competition at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, defeating social media favorite “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.
Social Studies teacher Mark Diroff watches The Voice regularly and believes it deserved the Emmy because it has background stories that draw viewers in.
“People are doing normal jobs and they get discovered ...People want to root for a good story. They want to root for these people; they find out what the story’s about and a lot of times they are such compelling stories and you just get attached to them. You want that person to do well.” Diroff said.
RuPaul’s Drag Race, the runner up, also had momentum behind the expected win. Junior Matthew Trusewicz watches the show often and believes it deserved the Emmy as well.
“...The contestants themselves don’t care what people think about them because they are literally changing themselves,” Trusewicz said. “That’s who they want to be. That’s how I picture myself. I really don’t care what people think at all.”
According to Bustle, an entertainment magazine, RuPaul's Drag Race is a cultural force in a way few reality series will ever be. The impact this series will continue to have on contemporary culture is significant.
RuPaul’s Drag Race thrived at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week, snagging awards in Best Variety/Nonfiction Costumes, Best Reality Host, and Best Reality Picture Editing.
The Voice lost all nine of its nominations at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, but that did not stop it from surging back to win Best Reality-Competition Series at the Emmy’s for the fourth time in five years.
There was a conflict between whether The Voice or RuPaul’s Drag Race should have won the award. Some believe that The Voice only won because it has won twice before. Trusewicz agrees that sometimes the Emmy’s can become a creature of habit.
“I feel like it depends on the show itself,” Trusewicz said. “ For example, Game of Thrones is a very good show and most likely going to be nominated so people have to expect it. But, shows like The Big Bang Theory, I feel like it is a running on type show..so it depends on the show and the quality of the show.”
However, Diroff insists that the quality of the show won the Emmy.
“It really has the draw of taking people who used to sing and then something got in the way that was...a horrible tragedy that happen with someone passing, or they had kids and they had to put their kids first,” Diroff said. “There was a missed opportunity and then they get four chairs turned or three chairs to turn...sometimes it's only one but they end up winning because the coach saw something in them.”
Trusewicz has watched The Voice, but doesn’t think it deserved the Emmy.
“Both are very good shows, but I feel that The Voice just focuses on someone's singing voice. With Rupaul, they focus on...singing, acting, how they look…,” Trusewicz says. “I feel like it about people who don’t care about judging. I feel like kids need to focus on that now-a-days. I feel like if they would’ve won kids would have...watched it more.”
But Diroff believes The Voice stands out above all the other shows nominated.
“I think it absolutely deserves it because it has average everyday people that have a great talent that they want people to know about,” Diroff said. “So it's really cool.”
The Voice has won an Emmy in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. This was the first year RuPaul's Drag Race was nominated. Other nominees included The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, and Top Chef.