Daytime Emmys diva duel: Debbi Morgan (‘All My Children’) vs. Erika Slezak (‘One Life to Live’)

In the Best Actress race, our eight Experts are divided about the likely winner among the five nominees, all of whom have at least one Daytime Emmy on their mantle.

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Three pundits —  Dan J. Kroll (Soap Central), Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) — are backing the bid by Debbi Morgan (“All My Children“) to become the first African-American woman to take home the lead acting award at the Daytime Emmys. Morgan, who won the supporting prize in 1989, has leading odds of 2 to 1. 

Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps) and Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential) are predicting that Erika Slezak (“One Life to Live“) will win a record seventh Daytime Emmy. She won in 1984, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2005. She has odds of 12 to 5. 

Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful“) has already won Younger Actress (1993, 1999) and Supporting Actress (2011). Should she prevail here, she would be the first woman to win all three acting categories at the Daytime Emmys. Two Experts — Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Stephanie Sloane (Soap Opera Digest) — are predicting that she will set this record. She has odds of 7 to 2. 

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One Expert — Nelson Branco (Soap Operas Uncensored) — is predicting a repeat by last year’s champ Laura Wright (“General Hospital“). She has odds of 8 to 1.

Crystal Chappell won the supporting actress award in 2002 for “Guiding Light.” This is her first Best Actress bid for her work on “Days of Our Lives.” She has odds of 16 to 1. 

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