Daytime Emmy Leading Males 2019
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Emotional performances in the outstanding lead actor category.

Last month, we announced the 47th Daytime Emmy nominations, which included nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor from Bold & Beautiful’s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge), Days of our Lives’ Thaao Penghlis (Tony), General Hospital’s Steve Burton (Jason) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) and Young & Restless’ Jason Thompson (Billy). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) did not release the actor’s full Emmy submission reels this year. However, the Daytime Emmys posted short highlight clips from a few of the scenes submitted by the nominated actors on social media. Based on them, we’ll predict who might take home the award…

2019 submitted scenes

Bold & Beautiful’s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) submitted scenes from the episode on November 26, 2019, in which Ridge argued with Brooke about not forgiving Thomas for what he had done to Hope, and eventually broke things off with her.

Days of our Lives’ Thaao Penghlis (Tony) chose to submit scenes from the July 31, 2019 episode in which Tony revealed he was alive to Fake Nicole and Brady and then married Nicole, who was really Kristen.

General Hospital’s Steve Burton (Jason) submitted a scene from the November 22, 2019 episode in which Jason tells Danny that Sam’s going to prison for two years for Shiloh’s death. Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) submitted a scene from the June 3, 2019 episode in which Kevin confronted Ryan after his capture and later someone injected Ryan’s IV with a syringe.

Young & Restless’ Jason Thompson (Billy) clip is from the Billy-centric episode from September 17, 2019 when Billy was visited by several family members and was forced to fight his inner demons and evil alter-ego to survive.

Winner prediction

All five actors were exceptional in their scenes, and we can only make our predictions based on these very short shared clips, not the full reels submitted, but we can also draw on the stories surrounding them. I predict Jon Lindstrom, who masterfully continued to play double duty as twins Ryan Chamberlain and Kevin Collins, will win the Emmy this year for showcasing his strengths at playing polar opposite roles. He was nominated last year and many, including myself, were surprised he didn’t win. If anyone can give him a run for the trophy I would have to say it would be Young & Restless’ Jason Thompson, whose acting was fantastic in that special episode focused on Billy struggling to maintain his sanity.

Days of our Lives’ Thaao Penghlis has long stolen the scenes he appears in. While he wasn’t on extensively in the past year, when it comes to acting awards what counts is how you make use of the time you are given. And he always brings it. And General Hospital’s Steve Burton’s talent shines through when he is acting with the younger cast members. Finally, it was hard not to feel the emotion of Thorsten Kaye playing a man being torn apart by his family on Bold & Beautiful. It’s so hard to choose!

The Daytime Emmys will air on Friday June 26 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS, so be sure to watch! You can view all the nominees by looking at the gallery below then sign up for’s newsletter as not to miss any of the upcoming Daytime Emmy coverage and interviews.