2018 Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: ‘Days of Our Lives’ leads with 20, followed by ‘General Hospital’ with 17

On January 25 the national television academy announced the pre-nominations for the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards, and “Days of Our Lives’ leads the way with 20 entries, followed by “General Hospital” with 17, “The Young and the Restless” with 15, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” rounding out the list with 9. Scroll down for the complete list of contenders.

These preliminary lists in the drama series acting categories were determined by eligible peer voters who watched sample performances from all entrants before selecting the top 10 contenders in each category. (Due to a tie, there are 11 pre-nominees for Best Actress.) These pre-nominees will now advance to the blue ribbon round starting on February 22, when voters will watch performance submissions to vote for the best. The blue ribbon round is especially consequential as it will determine the ultimate winners as well as the nominees.

The only categories that function differently in the pre-nominations are Best Younger Actor and Best Younger Actress. In those two contests all eligible entrants skip the first round and go straight to the blue ribbon panels in February.

This year’s pre-noms are a bit of a surprise as “Y&R” usually leads the way with the most acting contenders, but this time the top-rated soap has lost some ground, dropping from a field-leading 19 last year to 15 this year. “Days,” meanwhile, has skyrocketed to 20 citations, up from 15 last year. “GH” also got a boost with 17, up from 14 in 2017. “B&B” holds steady with nine.

Daytime Emmys Senior Vice President David Michaels said in a statement, “We are excited to officially launch the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with this list of extremely talented actors and actresses. Our 45th Anniversary show promises to be a star-studded gala filled with lots of surprises.”

Which pre-nominations surprise you the most? Who do you most want to see make the cut when the nominations are announced on March 21 live on the Emmy winning CBS talk show “The Talk”?

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sharon Case, as Sharon Newman
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Eileen Davidson, as Ashley Abbott
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Melissa Claire Egan, as Chelsea Newman
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Judi Evans, as Adrienne Kiriakis/Bonnie Lockhart
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Mary Beth Evans, as Kayla Johnson
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis
General Hospital, ABC

Marci Miller, as Abigail Deveraux
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Kelly Monaco, as Sam McCall
General Hospital, ABC

Gina Tognoni, as Phyllis Summers
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Maura West, as Ava Jerome
General Hospital, ABC

Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos
General Hospital, ABC

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Peter Bergman, as Jack Abbott
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Scott Clifton, as Liam Spencer
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Michael Easton, as Hamilton Finn
General Hospital, ABC

Billy Flynn, as Chad DiMera
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Galen Gering, as Rafe Hernandez
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Eric Martsolf, as Brady Black
Days of Our Lives, NBC

John McCook, as Eric Forrester
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew
General Hospital, ABC

Stephen Nichols, as Steve “Patch” Johnson
Days of Our Lives, NBC

James Reynolds, as Abe Carver
Days of Our Lives, NBC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Nadia Bjorlin, as Chloe Lane
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Eileen Davidson, as Susan Banks/Kristen DiMera/Sister Mary Moira
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Camryn Grimes, as Mariah Copeland
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Susan Hayes, as Julie Williams
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Lisa LoCicero, as Olivia Falconeri
General Hospital, ABC

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester Spencer
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Mishael Morgan, as Hilary Curtis
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Arianne Zucker, as Nicole Walker
Days of Our Lives, NBC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Darin Brooks, as Wyatt Spencer
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Steve Burton, as Jason Morgan/Patient 6
General Hospital, ABC

Chad Duell, as Michael Corinthos
General Hospital, ABC

Bryton James, as Devon Hamilton
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Wally Kurth, as Ned Quartermaine
General Hospital, ABC

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Anthony Montgomery, as Dr Andre Maddox
General Hospital, ABC

Greg Rikaart, as Kevin Baldwin
The Young and the Restless, CBS

James Patrick Stuart, as Valentin Cassadine
General Hospital, ABC

Greg Vaughan, as Eric Brady
Days of Our Lives, NBC

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Reign Edwards, as Nicole Avant Forrester
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome
General Hospital, ABC

Cait Fairbanks, as Tessa Porter
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Courtney Grosbeck, as Coco Spectra
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Olivia Rose Keegan, as Claire Brady
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Victoria Konefal, as Ciara Brady
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Chloe Lanier, as Nelle Benson
General Hospital, ABC

Eden McCoy, as Josslyn Jacks
General Hospital, ABC

Paige Searcy, as Jade Michaels
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Lexie Stevenson, as Mattie Ashby
The Young and the Restless, CBS

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Lucas Adams, as Tripp Dalton
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Rome Flynn, as Zende Forrester
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Pierson Fode, as Thomas Forrester
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Noah Alexander Gerry, as Charlie Ashby
The Young and the Restless, CBS

James Lastovic, as Joey Johnson
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Tristan Lake Leabu, as Reed Hellstrom
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Casey Moss, as JJ Deveraux
Days of Our Lives, NBC

Garren Stitt, as Oscar Nero
General Hospital, ABC

Anthony Turpel, as Ridge Forrester Jr “RJ”
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Hudson West, as Jake Webber
General Hospital, ABC

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