Marcil Mourns Loss of Reality Show Contestant

General Hospital and Lipstick Jungle star Vanessa Marcil spoke out toTV's Matt Mitovich about the sudden passing of Todd Homme, one of the contestants on her Lifetime reality competition Blush: The Search for the Next Great Make-up Artist. Homme, who was 23, died Dec. 13 in his home of yet-to-be-determined causes, Mitovich reports.

Marcil shared she was "totally floored" by Homme's death.

The interesting thing is that I, for some reason, had this huge connection with Todd — which of course now is really sad. But something about him was just really kind and beautiful and open."

Our thoughts are with Marcil, as well as Homme's family and friends.

Is Vanessa Marcil a Procter and Gamble Girl Now?

How's this for a soapy twist? Vanessa Marcil's upcoming Lifetime reality show Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist was pitched by none other than Procter and Gamble's media arm MediaVest to promote P&G's Max Factor brand, according to Ad Age. The article goes on to talk about how aggressively P&G is moving into "branded content". Ummmm, haven't they had oh, say 70 years of success with that already with its soap operas? Remember them?

Now before we go all conspiracy theory with thoughts of this being an elaborate smokescreen  to get ABC Daytime's Most Anticipated Promotional Campaign—"The one star you thought would never be desperate enough to come back!"—in at As The World Turns as the next Chris Hughes (Hey, they've tried everyone else in the part.), it is fairly common place for P&G to sell their goods to various other networks and cable channels besides CBS.

Another Gig For Vanessa Marcil

She played a model on TV and now Vanessa Marcil (Brenda, General Hospital) will host the new Lifetime series Blush: The Search for the Next Great Make-Up Artist. According to We Love Soaps, the Emmy winner's latest project kicks off on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.

In each episode of BLUSH: THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT MAKE-UP ARTIST, the contestants, all living under one roof in Los Angeles, compete in two different make-up competitions, designed to test the skills and personality traits - including compassion and confidence - necessary for success in the field. Following the second challenge, one contestant will be eliminated.