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Daytime Confidential Top 20, September

Welcome to fifth edition of the Daytime Confidential's Top 20 celebrity ranking. Each month we rank every current and former soap star, executive, and industry personality covered here at Daytime Confidential, based on your use of


No. 20: Raya Meddine - The Young and the Restless - (Down Thirteen)

Former Daytime Confidential Top 20 No. 1, Raya Meddine, suffered the second largest drop of any star on the list. Last month Meddine ranked No. 7 on the DC Top 20.

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No. 19: Caitlin Van Zandt - Guiding Light (Down Seventeen)

Caitlin Van Zandt has been the Guiding Light standard bearer on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 since its debut. Van Zandt has appeared on the list each of the five months the list has been published. However, it has not been with drastic fluctuations. Last month Van Zandt ranked No 2. This month she had the largest fall of anyone on the list, to No. 17.


No. 18: Megan Ward - General Hospital (Top 20 Debut)

It is always interesting to try and find a connection between what is happening on TV and how stars appear and disappear off the Daytime Confidential Top 20. It appears that all it took for Megan Ward to climb onto the DC Top 20 was to have her character Kate Howard get shot during her wedding.


No. 17: Kimberly McCullough - General Hospital (Up Three)

After nearly falling out of the Daytime Confidential Top 20 last month Kimberly McCullough has clawed her way up three spots to No. 17 on our list. McCullough, whose debut at No. 7 when the DC Top 20 premiered, has been hovering between No. 15 and No. 20 the last four months (including this month's ranking).


No. 16: Rebecca Budig - All My Children (Top 20 Debut)

Word that Rebecca Budig would be leaving the role of Greenlee Smythe due Pres Lavery Turner spurred interest in the All My Children actress and helped her debut on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 16.


No. 15: Vanessa Marcil - General Hospital (Down Four)

When the Daytime ConfidentialTop 20 debuted, Vanessa Marcil was our first No. 1 ranked star. Now, five months later, a slow slide from No. 1 finds Marcil at No. 15 on our list.


No. 14: Billy Miller - The Young and the Restless (Top 20 Return)

After a month out of the Daytime Confidential Top 20,The Young and the Restless'sBilly Miller is back in the mix of things at No. 14. Miller, whose debut as Billy Abbott has been well received by many fans, ranked No. 11 the last time he appeared on our list.


No. 13: Alicia Minshew - All My Children (Top 20 Debut)

Who knew three tornadoes, a wedding and a vacation is all it took to for Alicia Minshew to make her Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 13? It was recently announced that Minshew, who ranked No. 27 last month, would be taking a four-month vacation to get married while her character Kendall suffered from a coma onscreen.


No. 12: Carolyn Hinsey - Soap Opera Weekly (Top 20 Debut)

Isn't there a saying, something like "absence makes the heart grown fonder?" Apparently it applies to Carolyn Hinsey. Since her departure from Soap Opera Weekly Hinsey has been steadily climbing the Daytime Confidential Top 20 in reader interest. This month she makes her DC Top 20 debut at No. 12. It will be interesting to see if the upward trend continues or if interest wanes next month.


No. 11: Farah Fath - One Life to Live (Up One)

Farah Fath missed out on a Top 10 return to the Daytime Confidential Top 20 by a Shane Morasco DNA laced hair, edging up one spot to No. 11. Fath is the only One Life to Live star to appear on the DC Top 20 each of the five months we've published it. Other One Life to Live stars who have made the DC Top 20 with Farah but who have fallen off the list include; Erika Slezak, John Paul Lavoisier and Forbes March.


No. 10: Beth Ehlers - All  My Children (Down Four)

Beth Ehlers is one popular lady. Even though Ehlers fell to a personal low at No. 10 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20, it is a testament to her fans that she's never fallen out of the Top 10 in the five months we've published this list. Unlike other stars, whose popularity has fluctuated wildly, Ehlers has proven a constant on our list.

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No. 09: Tamara Braun - All My Children (Top 20 Debut)

It's basic math, Tamara Braun + ABC = popularity. After word broke that Tamara Braun would be coming to Pine Valley as the lesbian love interest of All My Children's saint Bianca fan's interest in Tamara's return to an ABC soap catapulted her to a Daytime Confidential Top 20 debut at No. 9.


No. 08: Christel Khalil - The Young and the Restless (Up One)

Last month, Christel Khalil debuted for the first time on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 at No. 09. This month she moved up one notch to No. 08. Unfortunately, her popularity doesn't seem to have rubbed off on her onscreen love interest, Daniel Goddard, who only reached No. 41 on the Top 50 stars we track.


No. 07: Maurice Bernard - General Hospital (Down Four)

Two months ago Maurice Bernard hit a personal high at No. 2 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Last month he slipped to No. 3. This month he dropped like it was hot to No. 7. Never fear though Bernard fans, five months ago when the DC Top 20 debuted Maurice was at No. 14. Since then he's always ranked higher than No. 14.


No. 06: Amanda Baker - All My Children (Top 20 Debut)

What did it take for Amanda Baker to debut on the Daytime Confidential Top 20? Word that her All My Children character, Babe, was being killed off. In the five months we've been publishing the DC Top 20, Baker never even appeared within the Top 50 stars we track, before skyrocketting onto our list this month.


No. 05: Rebecca Herbst - General Hospital (Up Five)

Rebecca Herbst has had a rollercoaster of a ride on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 debuting at No 10. five months ago, climbing to No. 08 four months ago, falling to No. 18 three months ago, shooting back up the list last month to No. 10 and then achieving a personal best at No. 5 this month. Considering the popularity of Liason it's surprising that her time on the DC Top 20 hasn't been more stable.


No. 04: Tom Pelphrey - Guiding Light (Up Four)

The interest generated by rumors that former Guiding Light star Tom Pelphrey might end up on General Hospital continued to spark people's interest in the popular hunk as he me moved up four spots from last month's list. Unfortunately the rumors proved false.


No. 03: Nelson Branco - TV Guide Canada (Up One)

Since his debut at No. 5 on the Daytime Confidential Top 20 two months ago TV Guide Canada'sNelson Branco as moved up a notch each month. Love him or hate him, it's obvious that fans want to know more about him.


No. 02: Steve Burton - General Hospital (Up Three)

Steve Burton's fans are some of the most loyal and active fans online and this continues to ring true in the Daytime Confidential Top 20. Since the debut of the DC Top 20, Burton has never fallen lower than No. 6 and this month's ranking is the second time he's peaked at No. 2. Will Burton be able to hold off TV Guide Canada'sNelson Branco next month or might he become the first male actor to reach No. 1? Tune in next month.


No. 01: Victoria Rowell - The Young and the Restless  (Same)

Daytime diva and The Young and the Restless's star Victoria Rowell became the first person to hold the No. 1 Daytime Confidential Top 20 ranking two months in a row, fending off a challenge by General Hospital'sSteve Burton. This marks the third month that a The Young and the Restless actress has topped the DC Top 20 and the fifth month that a daytime actor has been shut out of the No. 1 spot.

Previous No. 1 Ranked Stars:

August 2008: Victoria Rowell - The Young and the Restless

July 2008: Raya Meddine - The Young and the Restless

June 2008: Sarah Michelle Gellar - All My Children

May 2008: Vanessa Marcil - General Hospital

Who fell off the DC Top 20?


After becoming the first As the World Turns' star to reach the DC Top 20, Jake Silbermann fell off the list along with six other stars including The Young and the Restless' Eric Braeden, Another World star Victoria Wyndham, General Hospital'sNatalia Livingston, One Life to Live'sJohn Paul Lavoisier, General Hospital'sBrandon Barash and All My Children'sJesse McCartney.

Further Analysis

Adrianne Leon just missed out on the Top 20 coming in at No. 21.

Not even the power of Dancing With the Stars was enough to help Susan Lucci reach the Top 20. Lucci reached a personal best at No. 22.

Alison Sweeney was Days of Our Lives highest ranked star at No. 26 while co-stars Arianne Zucker and Bryan Dattilo reached No. 43 and No. 46 respectively.

Katherine Kelly Lang, who hasn't made it back into the Top 20 since May, returned to the DC Top 50 at No. 31.

Not a single As the World Turns star made the Top 50.

General Hospital'sGreg Vaughn rounded out the list at No. 50.

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