For those who don’t know, Canada has its own version of the Emmy Awards called the Gemini Awards.
Most of the awards are the same as the Emmys (best actor in a comedy series, best actress in a dramatic series, writing, makeup, costume design, etc.) except it has to be a Canadian show.
But the Geminis are trying something new this year. They’re asking people to vote on a new category (or I’m assuming it’s new, because I haven’t heard of it before).
The category? TV’s hottest male and female Canadians.
The catch with this one is they don’t need to be on Canadian TV show to qualify, so it opens up the chance for a big name to be at the awards.
You can vote online here, but you have to vote for both a hot male and a hot female. Choose one, and your vote won’t count (I don’t know who will get my vote for hottest male).
The list of girls nominated: Tre Armstrong, Kristin Booth, Natalie Brown, Inga Cadranel, Kim Cattrall, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Shenae Grimes, Geri Hall, Tricia Helfer, Natasha Henstridge, Cheryl Hickey, Mia Kirshner, Amy LaLonde, Leah Miller, Gabrielle Miller, Grace Park, Ngozi Paul, Cobie Smulders, Trish Stratus and Emanuelle Vaugier.
(Note: The Gemini web site misspelled Emanuelle Vaugier’s and Emmanuelle Chriqui’s name. If you’re going to do a contest last this, at least get the names right, especially the name Emmanuelle).
One of the problems I have with this list is a few of the people they have included, because they haven’t been on TV in quite a while. Kim Cattrall is there for Sex and the City, which hasn’t been a TV show in more than four years.
Trish Stratus hasn’t been a regular with the WWE since she retired in late 2006.
And there are a few people missing from this list. How about Evangeline Lilly from Lost? Or Elisha Cuthbert from 24? Pamela Anderson? Sarah Chalke from How I Met Your Mother? Nicole de Boer, best known from her role on Star Trek: Deep Space 9? Jill Hennessy from Crossing Jordan? Kristin Kreuk from Smallville? Anna Paquin from X-Men? Jewel Staite from Firefly and Stargate Atlantis? Jennifer Tilly from almost any poker tournament?
I think anyone of these Canadians should be on that list over someone who is on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, or Entertainment Tonight Canada.
Anyways, the list of guys: Graham Abbey, Matt Babel, Steve Bacic, Adam Beach, Yannick Bisson, Chris Bolton, Rick Campanelli, Roger Cross, Hugh Dillon, Fred Ewanuick, Brendan Fehr, Paul Gross, Mike Holmes, Taylor Kitsch, Cameron Mathison, Dustin Milligan, Ben Mulroney, Carlo Rota, Zaib Shaikh and Roz Weston.
Some of them you may know better from Friday Night Lights, Corner Gas, 90210 or CSI: Miami, but for me, I have heard of maybe seven off this list of 20. I’m not sure if that’s a sad thing that I’m not familiar with Canadian talent or not.