Watch the Routines That Just Won Two Choreographers Emmy Awards
No, you didn't miss the Emmy Awards telecast. (It's next weekend.) The Creative Arts Emmys, on the other hand, were awarded yesterday, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography. Among the nominees were "Dancing With the Stars" favorite Derek Hough, "So You Think You Can Dance?" contestant-turned-choreographer Travis Wall, surprise contender Fred Tallaksen for comedy "The Real O'Neals" and commercial dance juggernaut Mandy Moore, who grabbed two nominations for both "DWTS" and "SYTYCD."
And in a delightful twist, there was a tie in the voting for this juried category, meaning not one, but two of these choreographers went home with a statuette: first time winner Mandy Moore (for "DWTS") and Travis Wall, who previously won in 2015. Moore was nominated specifically for her group routines "On Top of the World" and "Carol of the Bells," while Wall was recognized for two duets ("The Mirror" and "She Used to be Mine") and a group routine ("Send in the Clowns").
Are we surprised? Not really. Moore has had a breakout year, propelled in part by the critical and commercial success of La La Land, and Wall has been making beautiful (if occasionally controversial) short pieces for "SYTYCD" for years. Check out their winning routines below, and join us in wishing them both a hearty congrats!
Mandy Moore: "On Top of the World"
Mandy Moore: "Carol of the Bells"
Travis Wall: "The Mirror"
Travis Wall: "Send in the Clowns"
Travis Wall: "She Used to be Mine"
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