Experts’ Daytime Emmys predictions: Beware ‘General Hospital,’ Scott Clifton, Kim Matula, …

Eight Experts have chimed in with their Daytime Emmy predictions in advance of the nominations, which will be announced on the Tuesday, March 31 edition of CBS’s “The Talk.” Take a look at these before making your own predictions. Do the best among all our readers and you’ll win a $100 Amazon gift card and a place of honor on our leaderboard.

Our Experts panel consists of: Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps), Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential), Lynda Hirsch (Creators Syndicate), Dan Kroll (Soap Central), Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps), Richard Simms (Soaps in Depth), and Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan.

Sheehan was the top Expert at forecasting last year’s nominations, scoring 66%. This year, he’s predicting most of our consensus frontrunners. Click here to see his complete picks across nine categories.

But what about the rest of our Experts who had an overall accuracy rate last year of 58.33%? More importantly, should you change your own predictions based on their insights? Click here to see the Experts’ rankings, and compare their picks to those of our Editors, Top 24 Users (at predicting last year’s nominations), and All Users.

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When it came to foreseeing last year’s nominations, it was those Top 24 Users (who had done best predicting the 2013 line-up) who did the best of these four groups with an accuracy rate of 62.78% while our Editors were at 60.56% and Users tied with the Experts at 58.33%.

Last year’s top User was Pujolsfan who scored 70% (plus 9,413 game points). Click here to see who he’s predicting this time around. Note that he’s going out on a limb in several races, picking “General Hospital” to sweep Drama Series, Writing Team, Directing Team, and both lead acting races.

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Let’s take a look at some of the biggest takeaways from the Experts’ odds:

Experts are the only group predicting “General Hospital” to win Best Drama Series
It’s hardly a runaway. Experts are split almost evenly between three shows to win, with two picking “GH,” two supporting “The Young and the Restless,” and three backing “The Bold and the Beautiful.” But “GH” narrowly leads with 9/4 odds because all Experts predict it will be nominated and six of the eight rank it either first or second.

Meanwhile, our Editors and Top 24 Users are backing “Y&R,” and All Users say “Days of Our Lives” will win. Those groups rank “GH” third.

“Y&R” leads our overall odds, but it looks like this race is still too close to call. Predict with caution.

Experts aren’t so confident about Alison Sweeney (“Days”) winning Best Actress
The consensus of all four groups is that Sweeney will earn her first nomination and win for “Days” after 21 years on the NBC soap. However, our Experts think it’s a virtual dead heat. Four of them are backing Sweeney, while three support five-time Emmy-champ Heather Tom (“B&B”). One renegade Expert, Lynda Hirsch, says Laura Wright (“GH”) will repeat after winning in 2011.

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Scott Clifton (“B&B”) could upset Blake Berris (“Days”) for Best Supporting Actor
Berris has a strong lead in the predictions of our Editors, Top 24 Users, and All Users. Not so for our Experts. Both Berris and Clifton have support from three Experts apiece, but Clifton gets slightly better odds.

Is Jacob Young (“B&B”) a stronger Best Supporting Actor contender than we think?
Young has one Emmy (Younger Actor for “GH” in 2002) out of four nominations, but despite his strong track record, our Editors rank him fifth, All Users rank him eighth, and our Top 24 say he’s ninth. Experts, however, place him third behind Clifton and Berris. Are the rest of us underestimating him?

We should take Kim Matula (“B&B”) more seriously for Best Supporting Actress
Like her “B&B” co-star Young, Matula isn’t ranked very high by our Editors (fifth), Users (seventh), or Top 24 (10th). But Experts rank her fourth, in strong position for a nomination. It would be her first in the category. Last year, she was nominated for Best Younger Actress.

Camryn Grimes (“Y&R”) is now the Best Younger Actress frontrunner
Users give Ashleigh Brewer (“B&B”) best odds, while our Top 24 slightly favor defending champ Hunter King (“Y&R”), but Experts favor Grimes so strongly that she has taken over the top spot in our combined odds. Six out of the eight say Grimes will win. Jamey Giddens disagrees, picking King, while Dan Kroll is going out on a limb for underdog Haley Pullos (“GH”).

Predict Daytime Emmys: Repeat for ‘Y&R,’ redemption for ‘GH’?

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