Underwood, Allen and Lambert land People's Choice nominations
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/11/2009
Several reality shows and stars received nods for the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards when nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by a panel which included American Idol eighth-season champ Kris Allen, Survivor host Jeff Probst and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley.
American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance and Survivor: Samoa will compete in the Favorite Competition Show category, which has been won by Dancing with the Stars for the last two years.
Animal Cops, Dog Town, Dog Whisperer, It's Me or the Dog, and Rescue Ink Unleashed also received nods in the new Favorite Animal Show category, while The Hills was nominated in the new Favorite TV Obsession category.
American Idol fourth-season champ Carrie Underwood received nominations in the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Country Artist categories. She previously won Favorite Female Artist honors last year and in 2007.
Allen and American Idol eighth-season runner-up Adam Lambert will compete against each other in the Favorite Breakout Music Artist category, in which Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle also received a nod. Allen, Lambert and Boyle will all see their debut albums be released later this month.
Former American Idol fifth-season finalist Chris Daughtry's band Daughtry received a nod in the Favorite Rock Band category, while former third-season finalist Jennifer Hudson was nominated in the Favorite R&B Artist category.
Nominations for the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards were determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music sales, input from media partners TV Guide magazine and Playlist.com, and vetted through an independent third-party measurement firm for Internet video.
Once this process generated the Top 12 candidates in each category, fans determined the final list of nominees by voting via the People's Choice website. Fans can vote between now and December 8 on the award show's website to determine the winners.
Survivor producer Mark Burnett will executive produce the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards, which will air live Wednesday, January 6 at 9PM ET/PT on CBS.