After actors turn 26 they're no longer eligible to compete for a Daytime Emmy for Best Younger Actor, so they often migrate up to the Best Supporting Actor contest. That's the case for a few of this year's contenders, who previously won Emmys as younger men and now hope to win for the first time in the supporting field.
Both of the pre-nominominated actors from "The Bold and the Beautiful" are past Younger Actor champs, though they actually won those earlier prizes for other shows. Jacob Young won for "General Hospital" back in 2002, and Darin Brooks prevailed for "Days of Our Lives" in 2009. Brooks joined the cast of "B&B" as Wyatt Spencer recently, in 2013, but Young actually got his start as Rick Forrester in 1997; he played the role for two years and earned his first Emmy nom in 1999 before moving to "GH," "All My Children" and finally back to "B&B" in 2011.
Young has been nominated five times total, including last year. In fact, he's the only returning nominee from last year's lineup. Fellow nominee Kristoff St. John ("The Young and the Restless") competes in the lead race this year, while Scott Clifton ("B&B") and last year's winner Chad Duell ("GH") aren't pre-nominated in any category.
The four pre-nominees from "Y&R" also include a past Younger Actor champ: Bryton James, who has played Devon Hamilton since 2004 and earned five nominations for Best Younger Actor, winning in 2007. He has yet to be nominated in the supporting category.
Joining him are two past champs in this category. Steve Burton won in 1998 as "GH's" Jason Morgan, whom he played for 21 years, and now he competes as "Y&R's" Dylan McAvoy, a role he was nominated for in 2014. Meanwhile, Greg Rikaart has played Kevin Fisher on "Y&R" since 2003, earning four nominations and one win (in 2005), but it has been eight years since his last bid.
The last "Y&R" pre-nominee is Sean Carrigan, who joined the cast as Ben "Stitch" Rayburn in 2013. He has yet to be nominated for an Emmy.
"GH" has just two pre-nominees, but both of them were nominated in this category once before: Sean Blakemore played Shawn Butler from 2011 to 2015 and earned his only previous bid in 2012, while Dominic Zamprogna has played Dante Falconeri since 2009 and earned a bid in 2014.
"Days" also has a pair of pre-nominees. Veteran Wally Kurth originally played Justin Kiriakis from 1987 to 1991, then returned to the show in 2009. He has no previous acting nominations, but he won Best Original Song in 2002 for the tune "Barefoot Ballet" from "GH." He's joined by relative newcopmer Christopher Sean, who joined the cast in 2014 as Paul Narita, a gay ex-baseball player.
These pre-nominations were determined by eligible peer judges who were sent an online ballot containing all entrants in the lead and supporting performer categories. Those judges were required to view and evaluate clips containing each performer's work before selecting their top 10 performer choices.
Those who made the cut now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, beginning February 22. That round of voting will determine the final nominees in each category, and also the winners. All nominations will be announced on Thursday, March 24 with the winners unveiled on Sunday, May 1.
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