Daytime Confidential Hot 100 of 2012

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Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Throughout 2012, Daytime Confidential has been tracking which daytime professionals our readers have been most interested in, whether positive or negative. Each month we published the Daytime Confidential Top 20 based on your clicks of those individuals. Now we’ve compiled the entire year into the Daytime Confidential Hot 100.

In 2012, 38 made their Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut or returned to the ranking after falling off the list in 2011. The Bold and the Beautiful’sSusan Flannery made the biggest jump in 2012, zooming up 76 spots. However, without All My Children on the air Thorsten Kaye experienced the biggest drop, plummeting 80 spots. Only two out of the 100 people on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 maintained the exact same ranking in 2012 that they held in 2011.

Unlike Daytime Confidential’s year end Best and Worst lists, the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is not chosen or ranked by Daytime Confidential’s editors. It is based solely on user clicks. The name of each current and former soap star that appears on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is credited to the show on which they last appeared.

No. 100: Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful 

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No. 99: Finola Hughes, General Hospital 

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No. 98: Blake Berris, Days of Our Lives

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No. 97: Lauralee Bell, The Young and the Restless

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No. 96: Stuart Damon, General Hospital

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No. 95: Jack Wagner, The Bold and the Beautiful

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No. 94: Greg Vaughan, Days of Our Lives

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No. 93: Justin Hartley, Passions

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No. 92: Thorsten Kaye, All My Children (Down 80)

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No. 91: Melissa Claire Egan, The Young and the Restless (Down 31)

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No. 90: Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless

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No. 89: Austin Peck, One Life to Live (Down 9)

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No. 88: Rick Springfield, General Hospital 

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No. 87: Jackie Zeman, General Hospital

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No. 86: Tom Pelphrey, As the World Turns (Up 6)


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No. 85: Mackenzie Mauzy, The Bold and the Beautiful (Down 37)

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No. 84: Lynn Herring, General Hospital 

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No. 83: Christie Clarke, Days of Our Lives (Up 11)

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No. 82: Bryan Dattilo, Days of Our Lives

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No. 81: Daniel Goddard, The Young and the Restless (Down 72)


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No. 80: Florencia Lozano, General Hospital

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No. 79: Anne Heche, Another World (Up 6)

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No. 78: Nadia Bjorlin, Days of Our Lives (Down 11)

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No. 77: Kristina Wagner, General Hospital (Down 40)

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No. 76: Alison Sweeney, Days of Our Lives


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No. 75: Lindsay Bushman, The Young and the Restless 

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No. 74: Cameron Mathison, All My Children (Up 11)

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No. 73: Joshua Morrow, The Young and the Restless

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No. 72: Brandon Beemer, The Bold and the Beautiful (Up 19)

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No. 71: James Scott, Days of Our Lives


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No. 70: Rebecca Budig, All My Children

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No. 69: Deidre Hall, Days of Our Lives (Down 44)

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No. 68: Brittany Underwood, Hollywood Heights (Down 12)

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No. 67: Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless

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No. 66: Justin Deas, Guiding Light (Up 8)

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No. 65: Joseph Mascolo, Days of Our Lives

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No. 64: Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives 

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No. 63: Michael Graziadei, The Young and the Restless (Up 33)

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No. 62: Nathan Parsons, General Hospital (Up 15)

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No. 61: Melissa Reeves, Days of Our Lives 

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No. 60: Kristian Alfonso, Days of Our Lives (Up 12)

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No. 59: Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives 

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No. 58: Arianne Zucker, Days of Our Lives

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No. 57: Maurice Benard, General Hospital

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No. 56: Bree Williamson, One Life to Live (Down 22)


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No. 55: Nia Peeples, The Young and the Restless (Down 2)

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No. 54: Brandon Buddy, One Life to Live (Up 24)

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No. 53: Trevor St. John, One Life to Live (Down 30)

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No. 52: Jason Thompson, General Hospital 

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No. 51: Erika Slezak, One Life to Live (Down 6)


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No. 50: Lexi Ainsworth, General Hospital (Down 21)

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No. 49: Darnell Williams, The Young and the Restless (Up 5)

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No. 48: Kyle Lowder, The Bold and the Beautiful (Up 9)

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No. 47: Ted Shackelford, The Young and the Restless (Down 19)

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No. 46: Natalia Livingston, Days of Our Lives (Down 40)


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No. 45: Jon Hensley, The Bold and the Beautiful

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No. 44: Jennifer Landon, The Young and the Restless

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No. 43: Nancy Lee Grahn, General Hospital 

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No. 42: Ronn Moss, The Bold and the Beautiful (Up 20)

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No. 41: Tristan Rogers, General Hospital (Up 52)


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No. 40: Michael Muhney, The Young and the Restless (Down 1)

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No. 39: John Paul Lavoisier, One Life to Live 

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No. 38: Kassie DePaiva, General Hospital (Up 58)

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No. 37: Brandon Barash, General Hospital (Up 33)

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No. 36: Melissa Archer, One Life to Live 


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No. 35: Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless (Up 44)

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No. 34: Kristen Renton, Days of Our Lives (Down 7)

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No. 33: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, The Bold and the Beautiful (Up 9)

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No. 32: Ingo Rademacher, General Hospital (Down 12)

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No. 31: Jeff Branson, The Young and the Restless (Up 5)

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No. 30: Maura West, The Young and the Restless (Down 19)

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No. 29: Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful (Up 19)

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No. 28: Genie Francis, The Young and the Restless (Up 18)

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No. 27: Kim Zimmer, One Life to Live (Down 6)

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No. 26: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless (Down 16)

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No. 25: Michael E. Knight, All My Children (Up 5)

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No. 24: Alicia Minshew, All My Children (Down 6)

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No. 23: Sean Kanan, General Hospital 

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No. 22: Jeanne Cooper, The Young and the Restless (Down 17)

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No. 21: Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless (Down 8)

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No. 20: Kristen Alderson, General Hospital (Up 68)


One Life to Live and General Hospital star Kristen Alderson made the third largest jump on Daytime Confidential's 2012 Hot 100. She rocketed 68 spots up the list.   

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No. 19: Rebecca Herbst, General Hospital (Down 17)

General Hospital’sRebecca Herbst fell 17 spots. This shouldn't come as a surprise to many GH fans, as Nurse Liz Webber didn't have much to do story-wise in 2012. 


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No. 18: Jess Walton, The Young and the Restless 


The Young and the Restless’ Jess Walton made her Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut at No. 18 in 2012. In April, Walton took a sabbatical from the No. 1 soap, but returned to the role of Jill Abbott in October. 

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No. 17: Victoria Rowell, The Young and the Restless (Up 9)


Former The Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell climbed nine spots from No. 26 on 2011’s Hot 100 to No. 17 on 2012’s Daytime Confidential Hot 100. 

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No. 16: Crystal Chappell, The Bold and the Beautiful (Same as 2011)


Crystal Chappell—who returned to daytime soaps in 2012 via a role on The Bold and the Beautiful—is one of two actors who maintained the same ranking they held in 2011. 

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No. 15: Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital (Up 18)


Former General Hospital star Vanessa Marcil hopped, skipped and jumped 18 spots on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100. 


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No. 14: Roger Howarth, General Hospital (Up 1)


Roger Howarth starred on both One Life to Live and General Hospital in 2012, but it only helped him edge up one spot on the 2012 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. 

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No. 13: Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful 


The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom made her Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut at No. 13 in 2012. 


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No. 12: Michael Easton, One Life to Live and General Hospital 


One Life to Live hunk Michael Easton reunited with former Port Charles leading lady Kelly Monaco on General Hospital in 2012. Their sizzling chemistry might have played a role in helping Easton make his Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut at No. 12. 

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No. 11: Sharon Case, The Young and the Restless (Up 8)


While Sharon Newman was nearly destroyed in 2012 on The Young and the Restless, the terrible storylines written for the character kept Sharon Case front and center.  


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No. 10: Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless


The Young and the Restless’Eric Braeden ranked 41 on 2010’s Daytime Confidential Hot 100, but fell off the list in 2011. In 2012, he returned to the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 at No. 10. 

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No. 9: Marcy Rylan, The Young and the Restless (Down 2)


The Young and the Restless’Marcy Rylan fell two spots on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Rylan had a rollercoaster year;  first being fired and then re-hired as scene-stealing "naked" heiress Abby Newman. 


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No. 8: Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless (Down 5)


The Young and the Restless’ Melody Thomas Scott fell five spots on Daytime Confidential Hot 100. During one of the worst years in Y&R history, the actress and her iconic heroine Nikki Newman kept fans tuning in.

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No. 7: Farah Fath, One Life to Live (Down 3)


Kristen Alderson, Roger Howarth, Florencia Lozano, Michael Easton and Kassie DePaiva all spent time on General Hospital in 2012, but it was their former One Life to Live co-star Farah Fath who earned the highest ranking of any actor from the defunct soap. 

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No. 6: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital (Up 2)


General Hospital’sKelly Monaco had an extremely busy 2012, which helped her jump two spots on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100. In addition to her role on as Sam McCall on General Hospital, Monaco defended her Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.

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No. 5: Susan Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful (Up 76)


Susan Flannery’s decision to quit The Bold and the Beautiful, combined with Stephanie gripping exit storyline, helped her rocket up 76 slots on Daytime Confidential's 2012 Hot 100. 


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No. 4: Peter Reckell, Days of Our Lives (Up 72)

Days of Our Lives’ Peter Reckell experienced the second largest jump from 2011 to 2012. He shot up 72 spots from No. 76 to No. 4 on the 2012 Daytime Confidential Hot 100. DAYS fans are still reeling from Reckell's exit as top cop Bo Brady.


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No. 3: Steve Burton, General Hospital (Up 21)


Steve Burton shocked many fans when he decided to leave General Hospital. The news story, combined with Jason Morgan’s seemingly deadly endgame, helped Burton springboard 21 spots on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 in 2012. 




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No. 2: Kimberly McCullough, General Hospital (Up 15)


Kimberly McCullough’s exit as Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake on General Hospital was already well under way when Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took over ABC’s last daytime soap in early 2012. Thankfully, they figured out a way to bring the popular actress and her character back to our TV screens throughout 2012. 


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No. 1: Kirsten Storms, General Hospital (Same as 2011)


General Hospital’sKirsten Storms set a Daytime Confidential Top 20 record in 2012 for the most months at No. 1 on the countdown. Fan interest in her was so high she reigned atop the list for nine consecutive months before being knocked from No. 1 in October by her GH co-star Steve Burton. She is the first actor to top the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 two times.

Storms' time at No. 1 in 2012 surpassed Crystal Chappell’s record of five non consecutive Daytime Confidential Top 20 rankings. Storms’ dominance at No. 1 raised the bar for future Daytime Confidential Hot 100 contenders.

2012 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 No. 1: Kirsten Storms, General Hospital

2011 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 No. 1: Kirsten Storms, General Hospital

2010 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 No. 1: Kim Zimmer, One Life to Live

2009 Daytime Confidential Hot 100 No. 1: Crystal Chappell, Days of Our Lives

2008 Daytime Confdiential Hot 100 No. 1: Steve Burton, General Hospital