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On-Air On-Soaps is getting ready for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be held for the first time on the Warner Brothers Studio Lot, on the historic Stage 16 in Burbank, California. The Daytime Emmys will return to television this year airing live on POP on Sunday night, April 26th beginning at 8PMET/5PMPT. So to get you in the mood, we have looked into our crystal ball, watched all the nominated performances and episodes, and have come up with some good old-fashioned Las Vegas odds in the major daytime drama categories ... if you’re the betting kind.

The Daytime Emmys can be a tricky game to play, to predict, and to try to make sense out of who will take home the gold and why, especially when there are many worthy nominees! So with deep thought, and a dash of Emmy karma, and gut instinct as we have done over the last several years, not only will On-Air On-Soaps’ Michael Fairman attempt to predict the winners, but he also will offer his picks for who he thinks should win in each of the categories! So you get the Will Win, Should Win, and the Don’t Count Out nominee, plus a category analysis.

Now on to the awards: Here are the On-Air On-Soaps fearless (and fearful) predictions for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys. To the nominees and our colleagues: Your work continues to inspire … enjoy these final days in the race to the finish line. You are all winners, no matter what the envelope may say, but someone gets to go home with some gold! After reviewing our picks, share your thoughts and let us know who you think Will Win and Should Win in the major daytime drama categories.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • Gina Tognoni
    3 to 1
  • Alison Sweeney
    4 to 1
  • Maura West
    6 to 1
  • Laura Wright
    6 to 1
  • Peggy McCay
    13 to 1
Who will win: Alison Sweeney
Who should win: Gina Tognoni
Don't count out: Maura West, or Laura Wright

There are five women vying for the Lead Actress trophy this year! One of them, Alison Sweeney is the sentimental favorite having never been nominated in her almost 22-year run on Days of our Lives. Her reel (a tour de force) showed Sweeney’s Sami like we have seen her before in the stand-alone episode, where EJ has a nightmare of what would happen if Sami finds out the truth about his affair with Abigail. But, there are some heavy hitters who also delivered knockout performances this year, including Gina Tognoni in her first nomination since taking over the role of Phyllis Summers on Y&R. Gina’s reel showed emotional depth and anguish that anyone can relate to, and it just might be the deciding factor in the race.

Then, there is General Hospital dynamo Maura West, who showed mob gal Ava Jerome’s deep pain and sorrow for all the terrible things she had to do in her life, and the burden that she carries because of it. West’s reel ends with Sonny and Ava beginning to do the deed in AJ’s crypt! General Hospital’s Laura Wright also wowed with her show-stopping reel where Carly gives Franco a piece of her mind after he busts up their wedding, by showing a video that Carly has been sleeping with Sonny, and by letting her son Michael know that his mother and his father have been covering up the truth of who killed his bio-dad! DAYS Peggy McCay gave a poignant, emotionally written speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding that will never be forgotten, where Caroline recalls the story of two men who could not be open about their relationship to their family, and the pain that it caused them.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • Anthony Geary
    3 to 1
  • Jason Thompson
    4 to 1
  • Billy Miller
    7 to 1
  • Christian LeBlanc
    7 to 1
Who will win: Anthony Geary
Who should win: Anthony Geary
Don't count out: Jason Thompson

This is a category of heavy hitters. Each submitted great representations of their work, and the kind of acting style and presence that separates them from the pack. 2014 will be remembered as the year of Fluke, and thus Anthony Geary has had incredible material to play, and none more impressive in the eligibility year than that of when a drugged out and locked away Luke (at the Miscavige Institute) meets Fluke for the first time. Geary looks to be a lock to win his 8th Daytime Emmy as Lead Actor. If anyone is going to spoil the day for Tony, it would be his cast mate Jason Thompson, who is yet to be given his due after multiple Emmy nominations, and who delivered another heartfelt, heartbreaking, and honest performance as Dr. Patrick Drake, a husband who finds his wife deciding to go off and save her best friend Jason, instead of staying home with him and their child, even after she had been kidnapped and she was away from her family for two years.

Billy Miller ended his run on The Young and the Restless with a showdown scene opposite Michael Muhney, when Billy Abbott wants retribution against the man that ran down his daughter with his car and killed her. As a grieving father playing emotions of rage, hurt, revenge and loss, Miller was excellent, but the reel also contained a riveting performance by Muhney, which could hurt, or help his chances here, because both men were so powerful. And then there is stalwart Christian LeBlanc, who’s unique acting style, and nuanced performance as a man trying to tell his wife, and admitting to himself, that he has cancer. It was as explosive as it was heartbreaking and LeBlanc makes Michael Baldwin one of the best male characters on daytime drama.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • Lisa LoCicero
    2 to 1
  • Amelia Heinle
    3 to 1
  • Elizabeth Hendrickson
    5 to 1
  • Linsey Godfrey
    8 to 1
  • Finola Hughes
    8 to 1
Who will win: Lisa LoCicero
Who should win: Lisa LoCicero
Don't count out: Amelia Heinle

The Outstanding Supporting Actress category is always a battle. It is the category that has the most submissions every single year. This year five women, each with very different roles and performances, are the top finalists. General Hospital’s Lisa LoCicero turned in a comedic performance with dramatic undertones! After Olivia drinks herself into oblivion (after her break-up with Sonny), she drunk-dials a pet rescue in one of the funniest moments in recent daytime drama history. Can comedy win in the heavily dramatically crowded field? Last year’s winner, Amelia Heinle, again so raw and understated, makes you cry as Victoria heeds little Delia’s words on her final school essay before her death a year ago. Elizabeth Hendrickson is also nominated for her work on The Young and the Restless as an unstable Chloe, who is going to a treatment center to get whole again following the death of her daughter Delia. Her goodbye scene with Greg Rikkart’s Kevin is enough to bring out the hankies!

In the sentimental favorite in this category, Linsey Godfrey showed everyone why she is a multi-dimensional actress. Last year she submitted a comedic moment for a nomination in Younger Actress, and this year she submitted an emotionally wrought Caroline trying to hold on to her marriage after her husband Rick learns of her kiss with Ridge. And the fabulous Finola Hughes, who should be a Daytime Emmy winner every year, submitted a scene from General Hospital, where Anna and Duke come to an important moment in their relationship. This race is so tough to call, but we’ve got to give it to LoCicero ... a new mom-to-be would look nice with a new Emmy to show her baby that’s on the way!

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • Chad Duell
    4 to 1
  • Jacob Young
    4 to 1
  • Kristoff St. John
    7 to 1
  • Scott Clifton
    9 to 1
Who will win: Jacob Young
Who should win: Chad Duell
Don't count out: Kristoff St. John, and Scott Clifton

General Hospital’s Chad Duell delivered an incredible performance when Michael Corinthos, yielding a gun, locates the father that raised him (Sonny Corinthos) and decided he is going to shoot him for killing his biological father, AJ Quartermaine. Truly one of the best and most intense scenes of 2014, and Duell played to the hilt the anger, the pain, and the “can I go through with this and shoot the guy” emotional rollercoaster. The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacob Young had an Emmy season like no other in this category, where we got to see Young in ‘bad boy, vendetta’ mode. (And who doesn’t like to see that?) His Emmy-nominated performance was exceptional, as Rick learns of his wife’s betrayal with his archenemy ... his half-brother Ridge.

The Young and the Restless’ Kristoff St. John submitted an episode where his on-screen brother Malcolm Winters (played by Shemar Moore) returned to Genoa City for a visit. He came back to check on his older brother, who was not dealing well with the fact that he lost his eyesight. St. John was terrific throughout, as a man fully not accepting, or dealing with what his blindness might mean for his life and his marriage. Finally, B&B’s Scott Clifton turned in another performance with many levels to it, as Liam and Wyatt have the brother-of-all-showdowns after Liam did not make it in time to marry Hope, which gave Wyatt the opportunity to pick up the pieces and marry the young woman.

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • Camila Banus
    2 to 1
  • Haley Pullos
    5 to 1
  • Hunter King
    5 to 1
  • Kristen Alderson
    11 to 1
Who will win: Camila Banus
Who should win: Camila Banus
Don't count out: Haley Pulllos, and Hunter King

Days of our Lives’ Camila Banus’s reel, as Gabi confesses to murdering Nick Fallon, is perfect to submit for an Emmy. It’s all on Banus, as she recounts the night Gabi killed her unbalanced former boyfriend, and portrayed all the conflicting emotions behind it. Camila’s closest competition could come in the form of General Hospital’s Haley Pullos, who learns her father Ric Lansing has been killed while in prison ... only there is a catch! Ric is not dead, but being moved into the Witness Protection Program and Molly doesn’t know that. It was great to see Pullos have some meaty material! The Young and the Restless’ Hunter King had a more subtle reel this year, as Summer talks to Nick after finding out that Sharon switched the DNA test results making everyone believe that Jack was her bio-dad. Finally, former General Hospital star Kristen Alderson earned a nomination as Kiki, who walks in on boyfriend Michael in bed with Rosalie, after he learns that everyone he knew and loved betrayed him … including Kiki!

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • Freddie Smith
    5 to 1
  • Max Ehrich
    6 to 1
  • Bryan Craig
    8 to 1
  • Tequan Richmond
    11 to 1
Who will win: Freddie Smith
Who should win: Freddie Smith
Don't count out: Max Ehrich and Bryan Craig

Days of our Lives’ Freddie Smith has always been good in his role as Sonny Kiriakis. In his Emmy-nominated performance, he showed that less is more, and then when it’s time for the big moment it was worth the wait as Sonny confronts Gabi for sleeping with Nick. The Young and the Restless’ Max Ehrich was also compelling in a short reel that packed a wallop, as Fen learns his father has cancer. General Hospital’s Bryan Craig has a major chat with his father about trying to leave the Jerome crime family, something he got himself into after being pissed at his own father! Craig’s cast mate Tequan Richmond gave a solid performance as Jordan and Shawn inform TJ of the truth about how his bio-dad was killed.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Nominee Handicapping:

  • 2 to 1
  • 3 to 1
  • 8 to 1
  • 10 to 1
Who will win: General Hospital
Who should win: General Hospital
Don't count out: The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives

The Drama Series category can always go so many ways, and this year is no exception. General Hospital, that had so much melodrama over 2014, submitted the Hallowedding episode, which juxtaposed Nina delivering, and kidnapping Ava’s baby, plus the opening sequence and episode of the Nurses Ball, where Liesl stopped the show with her shocking opener, Wilkommen! Days of our Lives could win this off their beautiful wedding episode between Sonny and Will, and it’s in the second episode that Sami makes a shocking discovery about EJ.The Bold and the Beautiful chose its beautiful remote episodes in Paris and Abu Dhabi, which always can spell G-O-L-D, and The Young and the Restless finished out the Delia’s death storyline with the final scenes between Billy Miller and Michael Muhney (as Billy and Adam) and the parents missing her on the one year anniversary of her death.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Writing Team

Nominee Handicapping:

  • 3 to 1
  • 4 to 1
  • 4 to 1
  • 10 to 1
Who will win: The Bold and the Beautiful
Who should win: General Hospital
Don't count out: The Young and the Restless

The Bold and the Beautiful had us reaching for the hankies as Hope and Liam said their final goodbyes. General Hospital left us drained and wanting more as we watched Carly and Ava being put through the ringer in their own different scenarios. The Young and the Restless brought the drama with the confrontation between Billy and Adam over the death of Delia. Days of our Lives told an episode where Daniel gives Dr. Chyka truth serum, Brady rips up a letter from John, and Father Eric has to decide whether he wants to return to the church or not.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Directing Team

Nominee Handicapping:

  • 5 to 1
  • 5 to 1
  • 9 to 1
  • 11 to 1
Who will win: The Bold and the Beautiful
Who should win: General Hospital
Don't count out: Days of our Lives

This will probably go to the talented directing team of The Bold and the Beautiful for their remotes, but it should go to General Hospital for the touching 51st Anniversary episode, which we also thought should have been in the Drama Series submission. In it, AJ has a tearful goodbye with his mother Monica, as he joins his grandfather Edward, and Grandmother Lila in heaven. Plus, it has Sonny and Carly (played by previous “Carly’s”) contemplating the nature of their relationship. Days of our Lives chose to honor Sonny and Will’s wedding, only it should have been in the Writing category for their Directing submission, and The Young and the Restless submitted another key episode.

Now that you have read our predictions, what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Who should win in the Daytime Drama Categories on Sunday night’s 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Weigh-in via the comment section.

  1. Marc says:

    Hey Michael did you steal my predicitions :) I posted all of these except the big 1 I think Days of Our Lives will win best show

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  2. mark says:

    these awards are so unpredictable the same people win year after year and they are dull and boring most of the time.

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  3. Dottie says:

    General Hospital had a good year and should finally get its rewards!! SOOO many years almost all the winners were The young & the restless when it SHOULD have been General Hospital, so I hope this year, GH gets its rewards that are well deserved!!

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  4. Carolyn says:

    These look like pretty accurate predictions. I hope to see most of them come out as predicted.

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  5. Paul8148 says:

    GH submitting the first day of the NB? Ugh. Congrets Days.

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  6. Danielle Lipsky says:

    I am for GH all the way!!

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  7. robert says:

    I think the daytime emmys have fallen in recent years. They have become boring and dull. Usually the same people win each year. Will Jill Farren Phelps sweep another emmys? If GH doesn’t win drama series,it will be because of the nurses ball episode. My pick is DAYS

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  8. christine milligan says:

    Well… Young & Restless select reel with Billy Miller and Michael Muhney….How about those other great actors like….oh yeah the good ones are gone!!!

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