Daytime Confidential Hot 100 of 2010

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No. 100: Maurice Benard, General Hospital (Debut or Return)


Welcome to the third annual Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Over the past year Daytime Confidential has been tracking who you, the readers, were most interested in through your use of the website and clicks to find out more about each star. With 2010 waving goodbye, it is time to reveal which current and former daytime stars made the list and where they ranked.

In 2010, 35 stars made their Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut or return to the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 after falling off the list in 2009. Of the stars who appeared on the 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100, General Hospital’sDominic Zamprogna made the biggest jump, climbing 72 spots on the countdown. Former As the World Turns star Jake Silbermann had the steepest drop, falling 66 spots. Days of our Lives’James Scott is the only star who maintained his 2009 ranking, remaining in the same spot for the second year in a row. Scott’s co-star Peter Reckell had the highest Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut or return.

Unlike Daytime Confidential’s year end Best and Worst lists, which are chosen by Daytime Confidential’s editors, the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is based entirely on reader’s day-to-day use of Daytime Confidential. The name of each current and former soap star who appears on the Daytime Confidential is credited to the show on which they most recently appeared.


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No. 99: Alexa Havins, All My Children (Down 17)

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No. 98: Justin Bruening, All My Children (Debut or Return)

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No. 97: Jake Silbermann, As the World Turns (Down 66)

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No. 96: Meredith Vieira, Today Show (Debut or Return)

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No. 95: Kyle Lowder, The Bold and the Beautiful (Down 6)

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No. 94: Stacy Haiduk, The Young and the Restless (Debut or Return)

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No. 93: James Scott, Days of our Lives (No Change)

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No. 92: Nia Peeples, The Young and the Restless (Debut or Return)

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No. 91: Robin Strasser, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 90: Mackenzie Mauzy, The Bold and the Beautiful (Debut or Return)

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No. 89: John Paul Lavoisier, One Life to Live (Down 12)

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No. 88: Hunter Tylo, The Bold and the Beautiful (Down 9)

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No. 87: Nadia Bjorlin, Days of our Lives (Down 32)

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No. 86: Michael E. Knight, All My Children (Debut or Return)


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No. 85: Billy Warlock, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 84: Alicia Leigh Willis, General Hospital (Debut or Return)


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No. 83: Finola Hughes, General Hospital (Debut or Return)

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No. 82: Melissa Reeves, Days of our Lives (Debut or Return)


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No. 81: Alison Sweeney, Days of our Lives (Down 30)


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No. 80: Shemar Moore, The Young and the Restless (Down 32)


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No. 79: Thad Luckinbill, The Young and the Restless (Up 13)

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No. 78: Eddie Cibrian, Sunset Beach (Down 59)


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No. 77: Shawn Christian, Days of our Lives (Down 4)



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No. 76: Sarah Glendening, All My Children (Debut or Return)


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No. 75: Julie Pinson, As the World Turns (Debut or Return)

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No. 74: Crystal Hunt, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 73: Martha Byrne, As the World Turns (Down 13)

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No. 72: Jesse Metcalfe, Passions (Debut or Return)

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No. 71: Joshua Morrow, The Young and the Restless (Up 3)

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No. 70: Jackie Zeman, General Hospital (Up 26)


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No. 69: Terri Conn, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 68: Vincent Irizarry, All My Children (Debut or Return)

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No. 67: Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful (Down 21)

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No. 66: Zack Conroy, The Bold and the Beautiful (Debut or Return)


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No. 65: Colleen Zenk, As the World Turns (Debut or Return)

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No. 64: Hayden Panettiere, Guiding Light (Debut or Return)

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No. 63: Jeff Branson, The Young and the Restless (Debut or Return)

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No. 62: Wilson Bethel, The Young and the Restless (Debut or Return)

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No. 61: Gina Tognoni, One Life to Live (Down 24)


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No. 60: Arianne Zucker, Days of our Lives (Down 30)

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No. 59: Tom Degnan, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 58: Brittany Underwood, One Life to Live (Up 49)

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No. 57: Tamara Braun, All My Children (Down 37)

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No. 56: Eric Sheffer Stevens, As the World Turns (Debut or Return)


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No. 55: Vail Bloom, The Young and the Restless (Debut or Return)

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No. 54: Mario Lopez, The Bold and the Beautiful (Down 11)


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No. 53: Kassie DePaiva, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 52: Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless (Up 18)

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No. 51: Susan Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful (Debut or Return)


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No. 50: Nathan Parsons, General Hospital (Down 27)

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No. 49: Brandon Barash, General Hospital (Down 8 )

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No. 48: Justin Hartley, Passions (Debut or Return)

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No. 47: Adrianne Leon, General Hospital (Up 2)

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No. 46: Chrishell Stause, All My Children (Up 6)


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No. 45: Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless (Up 9)

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No. 44: Elizabeth Hendrickson, The Young and the Restless (Down 11)

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No. 43: Austin Peck, As the World Turns (Down 17)

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No. 42: Tom Pelphrey, As the World Turns (Down 26)

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No. 41: Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless (Down 26)


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No. 40: Scott Evans, One Life to Live (Down 2)

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No. 39: Farah Fath, One Life to Live (Down 15)

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No. 38: Erika Slezak, One Life to Live (Up 25)

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No. 37: Daniel Cosgrove, All My Children (Up 13)

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No. 36: Kimberly McCullough, General Hospital (Up 4)


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No. 35: Jennifer Landon, As the World Turns (Up 41)



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No. 34: Van Hansis, As the World Turns (Down 2)

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No. 33: Daniel Goddard, The Young and the Restless (Down 19)

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No. 32: Beth Ehlers, All My Children (Down 7)

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No. 31: Florencia Lozano, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)

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No. 30: Drake Hogestyn, Days of our Lives (Up 45)

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No. 29: Drew Garrett, General Hospital (Debut or Return)


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No. 28: Jennifer Gareis, The Bold and the Beautiful (Debut or Return)

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No. 27: Chris Engen, The Young and the Restless (Down 18)

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No. 26: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital (Down 14)


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No. 25: Marcy Rylan, The Young and the Restless (Down 10)


Former Guiding Light star Marcy Rylan made an “arresting” debut on The Young and the Restless in 2010 as Abby "The Naked Heiress" Carlton Newman.

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No. 24: Rebecca Budig, All My Children (Down 6)


It turns out the hubbub over whether or not Rebecca Budig was returning to All My Children was more interesting in 2009 than anything that happened to Budig in 2010. The actress dropped six spots in 2010. Her popularity wasn’t helped by one of the most agonizing onscreen re-pairings of the year, Rylee.

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No. 23: Brett Claywell, One Life to Live (Up 16)

Former One Life to Live star Brett Claywell climbed 16 spots in 2010, even as his character Kyle Lewis and onscreen love interest Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) were written out of the show during the first part of the year.

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No. 22: Rebecca Herbst, General Hospital (Down 11)


General Hospital’sRebecca Herbst spent a lot of time off screen in 2010, thanks to maternity leave, and her absence reflected on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 in 2010. Herbst fell 11 spots this year.

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No. 21: David Canary, All My Children (Up 1)

All My Children’s silver fox Adam Chandler may have ridden into the sunset with Brooke English (Julia Barr), but the giant hole left by David Canary’s missing presence helped Canary move up one spot from the 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 20: Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless (Down 18)


Nikki Newman may have found sexual rejuvenation, thanks to Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan), but The Young and the Restless’Melody Thomas Scott had the biggest drop of any star remaining in the Top 25.


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No. 19: Michael Muhney, The Young and the Restless (Debut or Return)


The Young and the Restless’Michael Muhney kept people talking as the devilish Adam Newman in 2010. It didn’t hurt that Adam’s controversial pairing with Sharon (Sharon Case) was one of the most debated couplings on Daytime Confidential.

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No. 18: Bree Williamson, One Life to Live (Debut or Return)


It isn’t surprising One Life to Live’sBree Williamson appears so high on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Williamson spent most of 2010 on the front burner.

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No. 17: Peter Reckell, Days of our Lives (Debut or Return)

Days of our Lives’Peter Reckell had the highest debut or return on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 at No. 17. After earning a spot at No. 20 on the 2008 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 he fell off the countdown in 2009.

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No. 16: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless (Up 18)


A Daytime Emmy win, a popular pairing and front burner storylines helped The Young and the Restless’ Billy Miller jump 18 spots from No. 34 in 2009 to No. 16 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 15: Maura West, The Young and the Restless (Up 2)


The end of As the World Turns and the news Maura West was joining The Young and the Restless as Diane Jenkins helped her edge up two spots in 2010.

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No. 14: Steve Burton, General Hospital (Down 6)

General Hospital’sSteve Burton was the highest ranked star on the 2008 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Last year he fell to No. 8 on the 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. In 2010 he slipped another six spots to No. 14 on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Two other GH stars are ranked higher this year.

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No. 13: Victoria Rowell, The Young and the Restless (Up 3)


The release of Victoria Rowell’s book Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva and her controversial tweets helped the former The Young and the Restless star climb up the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 cliff and hang on at No. 13.

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No. 12: Dominic Zamprogna, General Hospital (Up 72)


Is Dominic Zamprogna’s Dante the new Jason Morgan (Steve Burton)? The General Hopsital star skyrocketed 72 spots from No. 84 in 2009 to No. 12 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. The 72 spot jump ties with former All My Children star Thorsten Kaye’s 72 spot jump in 2009 as the largest jump of any star since we began publishing the Hot 100.

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No. 11: Jessica Leccia, One Life to Live (Down 5)


Without the benefit of her Guiding Light pairing and, at best, a mediocre One Life to Live role as Inez Salinger, Jessica Leccia fell five spots to No. 5 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 from No. 6 in 2009.

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No. 10: Deidre Hall, Days of our Lives (Up 19)


Gone, but not forgotten best sums up Days of our Lives’ fans love for Deidre Hall. The publication of her new book Deidre Hall's Kitchen Closeup helped her climb 19 spots from 2009 to No. 10 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 9: Sharon Case, The Young and the Restless (Up 27)


The Young and the Restless’Sharon Case zoomed 27 spots to No. 9 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Much like her Y&R co-star Michael Muhney, the hotly debated Adam and Sharon pairing kept interest in Case high.

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No. 8: Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, General Hospital (Up 13)


In 2010 hell froze over, pigs flew and Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo returned to General Hospital as Brenda Barrett. The highly-anticipated return helped her hop, skip and jump her way to No. 13 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 7: Crystal Chappell, Days of our Lives (Down 7)


Without her Otaliapairing on Guiding Light and a less-than-gripping storyline for her character Carly on Days of our Lives, Crystal Chappell slid seven spots to No. 7 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. She was the No. 1 star on the 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 6: John Driscoll, The Young and the Restless (Up 7)


The Young and the Restless’John Driscoll climbed seven spots from No. 13 on the 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 to No. 6 in 2010.

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No. 5: Frances Reid, Days of our Lives (Up 54)


Days of our Lives and its fans mourned the loss of Frances Reid and the beloved Alice Horton this year. The coverage of her passing and Alice’s memorial helped Reid move up 54 spots from 2009 to No. 5 on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 4: Alicia Minshew, All My Children (Down 1)


Alicia Minshew’s return to All My Children as Kendall Hart Slater and her gripping performance after the loss of her onscreen love Zach (Thorsten Kaye), kept Minshew among the Top 5 stars on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. She dropped just one spot from her 2009 ranking at No. 3.

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No. 3: Thorsten Kaye, All My Children (Up 7)


Thorsten Kaye’s return to All My Children as Pine Valley’s Zach Slater and the character’s subsequent death helped Kaye close jump seven spots to No. 3 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 2: Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless (Up 2)


Thanks to a loyal fanbase, The Young and the Restless’Christel Khalil edged up two spots from her No. 4 ranking on the 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 to No. 2 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

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No. 1: Kim Zimmer, One Life to Live (Up 7)


Who could have guessed Kim Zimmer’s return to One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy would have had the impact it has on One Life to Live? Echo and Zimmer breathed new life into the storylines for Viki (Erika Slezak) and Dorian (Robin Strasser) and finally solved Rex’s (John-Paul Lavoisier) paternity puzzle. Zimmer’s return to OLTL helped the daytime legend climb seven spots from her 2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 ranking and become the No. 1 star on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100.