The 2013 Daytime Emmys were hosted by a trio of television veterans, but technical issues marred a usually fun evening honoring the best in daytime.
Neil Patrick Harris is a hard act to follow. With the Tony Awards still fresh in TV audiences' minds, it's hard not to compare this year's Daytime Emmy Awards hosts with the talented TV star. Morning Express host Robin Meade, Showbiz Tonight's A.J. Hammer and Good Morning America's weather anchor Sam Champion took the reins of this year's show.
They opened the ceremony with each of them showcasing a talent. Meade impressively sang an a cappella bit, while Champion brought up a celebrity weather map and Hammer introduced the interview segment that would run throughout the show. The producers had a misguided idea to have the winners ushered immediately to one side of the stage to be interviewed by various celebrities on a couch.
The Showbiz Tonight host quickly tried to save his segment by saying, "Well, all right, it's my turn. Fantastic!"
However, the damage was already done.
HLN also gave its Morning Express anchor time onstage to promote her new CD, Count on Me, which was released on June 11. While Meade has a lovely voice, it was awkward to have her singing the songs nominated for Outstanding Original Song from the Katie show and Good Afternoon America.