Daytime Confidential Top 20, January 2011

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No. 20: Mark Hapka, Days of our Lives

January was a month of shocking soap departures and Days of our Lives’Mark Hapka was one of them. After the news broke, Hapka spoke out about the lack of evenly distributed storylines at DAYS.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: N/A

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No. 19: Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless


The Young and the Restless’ glamorous Melody Thomas Scottfinds herself at No. 19 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 20

Note: The Daytime Confidential Top 20 is based solely on the clicks of Daytime Confidential readers as they use the Daytime Confidential website. It is NOT chosen by the Daytime Confidential editorial team. The DC Top 20 tabulated at the end of each month and published during the following month. At the end of each year we publish the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 based on the same data, but for the entire year.


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No. 18: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital


News that Kelly Monaco’s Sam McCall could end up pregnant on General Hospital kept Monaco and Sam a hot topic among Daytime Confidential readers in January. Monaco consistently ranks among the Daytime Confidential Top 20. This month she comes in at No. 18.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 26


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No. 17: Alicia Minshew, All My Children

Three-time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 Alicia Minshew is keeping busy on All My Children mourning the death of Kendall’s husband Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye) and recovering from her hospitalization. This month Minshew earns a spot at No. 17 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 4

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No. 16: Crystal Chappell, Days of our Lives


Five-time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1, Days of our Lives'Crystal Chappelllogs in at No. 16 on the first Daytime Confidential Top 20 of 2011.


2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 7

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No. 15: Billy Magnussen, As the World Turns


Billy Magnussen has been keeping busy since As the World Turns went off the air. In January, he appeared in the Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt Hallmark Hall of Fame movie The Lost Valentine on CBS. This is the first time Billy Magnussen has appeared on a Daytime Confidential Top 20 list.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: N/A


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No. 14: Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless


The powerful Victor Newman has nothing on Eric Braeden. The Young and the Restless’ actor and former Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 kicks off 2011 at No. 14 on the DC Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 41


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No. 13: Daniel Goddard, The Young and the Restless


Rumors that Daniel Goddard’s Cane Ashby could be in trouble swirled around the Internet in January. The hubbub helped Goddard return to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 for the first time since October 2009.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 33

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No. 12: Steve Burton, General Hospital


Steve Burton may not have been the highest ranked male General Hospital actor on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100, but in January he’s back in the mix at No. 12 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 14

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No. 11: Maura West, The Young and the Restless

Since joining The Young and the RestlessMaura West has been taking names among the Daytime Confidential Top 20 each month. In January she appears at No. 11 on the DC Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 15


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No. 10: Sharon Case, The Young and the Restless


Sharon Newman’s quest to exonerate Adam (Michael Muhney) and prove that Skye (Laura Stone) was in fact alive has kept readers looking for more about the storyline and Sharon Case. This month she earns a spot at No. 10.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 9

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No. 9: Natalia Livingston, Days of our Lives

Natalia Livingston has always had a loyal fanbase and as her late January Days of Our Lives debut drew closer readers wanted to find out more about the former General Hospital star. It helped her return to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 9.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: N/A

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No.8: Kim Zimmer, One Life to Live

Kim Zimmer has been making waves at One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy. Interest in Zimmer helped catapult her to No. 1 on the 2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 and it January it finds her at No. 20 on the Daytime Confidential top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 1

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No. 7: Rebecca Budig, All My Children


Rebecca Budig’s Greenlee has had a lot of problems lately, what with a husband she doesn’t love in a coma and Ryan’s (Cameron Mathison) ex-girlfriend Madison (Stephanie Gatschet) being secretly pregnant with his baby. All of the drama has Budig at No. 7 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 24

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No. 6: Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless


Three-time Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1 Christel Khalil held steady among the DC Top 10 in January. As January wound to a close Khalil’s Lily learned that her husband Cane (Daniel Goddard) has been keeping secrets from her.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 2

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No. 5: Brittany Underwood, One Life to Live


One Life to Live fans were shocked when the show announced that Brittany Underwood would have a “storyline-dictated” exit from Llanview. The news helped rocket her to No. 5 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 58

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No. 4: Thorsten Kaye, All My Children


What is it they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder?” That is certainly the case for former All My Children star Thorsten Kaye who is still among the Daytime Confidential Top 20 months after leaving the show.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 3

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No. 3: Bree Williamson, One Life to Live

Bree Williamson’s Jessica Buchanan hasn’t had it easy lately, what with the emergency C-section. In January, One Life to Live's Williamson appears at No. 3 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 18


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No. 2: Shemar Moore, The Young and the Restless

This month Shemar Moore is the exception that proves the rule.The last time Moore came anywhere near earning a spot on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 was in July of 2010 at No. 44. In January he materialized out of nowhere to land at No. 2 on the DC Top 20.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 80

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No. 1: Rebecca Herbst, General Hospital

General Hospital’s decision to fire Rebecca Herbst may have been the most shocking soap firing since Days of Our Lives canned Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn. It certainly set Daytime Confidential readers on fire as they discussed the firing and helped Herbst earn the first No. 1 Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking of 2011.

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 Rank: No. 22