Can Eric Martsolf (‘Days of Our Lives’) defend Daytime Emmys title for Best Supporting Actor?

Days of Our Lives” star Eric Martsolf pulled off an upset victory at the Daytime Emmys in 2014, winning Best Supporting Actor on his first nomination, and he’s back on the ballot this year. Can he defend his title?

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Though he was never nominated before last year, the 43-year-old actor is actually one of the elder statesmen in this year’s contest. In fact, he’s one of only two pre-nominees who never previously competed in the Younger Actor category.

“Days” has one other contender on the longlist this year: Blake Berris, who was nominated for Best Younger Actor in 2009. He’s hoping for his first bid in the supporting race.

But “The Young and the Restless” is the most represented soap on the longlist, with four citations, and three are past Younger Actor-champs. Veteran Kristoff St. John won that category in 1992 before graduating to the supporting contest, which he eventually won in 2008. Altogether, he has eight career nominations.

St. John’s on-screen son Bryton James earned five nominations for Younger Actor, winning in 2007. Like Blake Berris, he’s now aiming for his first supporting bid.

Steve Burton won Supporting Actor back in 1998 after losing Younger Actor in 1997 for his best known role as mob enforcer Jason Morgan on “General Hospital.” He joined the cast of “Y&R” in 2013, and now he’s aiming for his second straight nod for the series, which would be his sixth total.

“Y&R’s” fourth candidate is the only man in the category who has yet to be nominated for any Emmy: Sean Carrigan, who joined the cast in 2013 as Ben Rayburn.

The Bold and the Beautiful” has three pre-nominees, all of them past Younger Actor champs. Jacob Young resumed the role of Rick Forrester in 2011 after playing him from 1997 to 1999. That first stint earned him a Younger Actor bid (1999), but his next nomination (and only win) came in 2002 for taking over the role of Lucky Spencer on “General Hospital.” He eventually moved again, earning a third nomination in 2005 for “All My Children” and then picking up his first supporting bid in 2009 for that series before its cancellation.

Young’s “B&B” co-star Scott Clifton has been even more prolific. He lost Younger Actor four times for roles on “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” before finally winning that race for his current role as Liam Spencer on “B&B” in 2011. He then advanced to the Supporting Actor field, where he won in 2013.

“B&B’s” third pre-nominee, Darin Brooks, has never contended for this series or in this category. He has two previous Younger Actor nominations and one win (2009) for his prior role on “Days of Our Lives.”

Chad Duell is the sole candidate for “General Hospital.” This is his first time competing in this category after aging out of the Younger Actor race, where he was nominated three times in the last four years. He could never win that prize, partly because of the dominance of Chandler Massey (“Days”), who won it the last three years in a row. Will Duell have better luck in this field?

There’s hope, especially if you consider the past track record of “GH,” which is the most awarded program in this category with nine wins. “GH” has been nominated for this award for 10 of the last 11 years.

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