January 09, 2009 12:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
The annual award shows have begun and this week, the People’s Choice Awards celebrated its 35th anniversarywith a strong representation from reality TV. Not only were American Idol alumi chosen by the public, but Dancing with the Stars and Deal or No Deal also took home awards this year.
“God has blessed me with a wonderful life and a wonderful career and the most amazing fans I could ever dream for,” Carrie Underwood said from the podium. “People being fans and people voting for me are what gave me a career in the first place, and its so amazing that they continue to support [me].”
“I actually think this is the first award show I’ve been at where they’ve actually aired my award, so I’m very excited about that,” Jordin Sparks said excitedly during her acceptance speech before thanking the fans for their support. “I feel like I’m on Idol again, so thank you.”
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars took home the award for favorite competition/reality show for the second year in a row and Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron, co-host Samantha Harris, judge Carrie Ann Inaba and this season’s winner Brooke Booke, took the stage to accept the award.
“On behalf of everybody connected with Dancing with the Stars, and the American Association of Spray Tanners, we happily accept this award because it comes from you, the people,” Tom Bergeron said. “I am reminded of something I heard Cloris Leachman yell from her trailer last season,” he quipped with a smile. “I can’t quote it exactly because we’re on network television, but the gist of it was ‘this is deeply satisfying… and I hope we can do it again, and again, and again.’”
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