You know what this means, Derek fans. Derek and his co-nominees will be on the TV broadcast and they are choreographing a number for Neil Patrick Harris!! This is great. And the perfect time for Derek to WIN!! From the Hollywood Reporter:
The award for choreography is moved to the Primetime Emmys, while reality competition host moves to the Creative Arts Emmys.
For the first time in Emmy history, the nominated choreographers will join together to create and present a dance number during the show which will be built around host Neil Patrick Harris.
To cap it off, the Emmy for choreography will be presented on the Primetime Emmys show for the first time at the completion of this special dance production. In past years, the choreography Emmy has been presented during the Creative Arts Emmys the week before the primetime show.
Ehrlich also found an innovative way to deliver the news about the plan to the nominated choreographers – Derek Hough (a double nominee for Dancing With the Stars) and four other nominees, all nominated for So You Think You Can Dance: Sonya Tayeh and Many Jo Moore, Napoleon Dumo and Travis Wall.
Ehrlich and the Academy invited the choreography nominees last week to a special reception in their honor. “Once they were there we sprung it on them,” says Ehrlich. “Neil came and announced to them, ‘Yes of course we want to celebrate their nominations but basically we wanted them to choreograph a number collectively that would be one on the show.'”
The events at the reception were taped and most of the other work on the number will also be taped for a kind of reality show documentary to be shown as part of the presentation on the Primetime Emmys. “It’s obviously a very innovative thing to do,” adds Ehrlich.
The choreographers are holding a meeting this week to start figuring out what they are going to do for the Emmys telecast. An option being bandied include the choreographers dancing themselves, and each has been invited to hire two of their favorite dancers for the number (likely from the shows they were nominated for). The likelihood of big-name performers taking part is highly unlikely but remains undecided.