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One could dismiss the nominations in this year's Dankies as the result of an influx of teenager voters. However, looking at the work presented by the top nominees, that charge is easily dismissed.
Ashley Bashioum (Mackenzie Browning) and David Tom (Billy Abbott) earned high marks in the nominations phase, combining for nine nominations. Bashioum garnered nods in the Outstanding Leading Actress, Outstanding Younger Performer, Most Attractive Actress, Favorite Character (Mackenzie Browning) and Outstanding Overall Performer. Tom took nominations in Outstanding Leading Actor, Outstanding Younger Performer, Most Attractive Actor and Outstanding Overall Performer. Additionally, the pair helped power a storyline into the Favorite Storyline category.
One glaring omission on the final ballot is soon-to-be former star Tricia Cast (Nina) failure to appear in any of the 17 categories.
In showing that soap fans have different opinions on what's hot and what's not, the "Victor's sperm" storyline grabbed nominations as the Favorite and Least Favorite storyline of the year.
THE FINAL BALLOT IS SET
The first phase of the Dankies balloting took place throughout December and part of January. In this phase all Y&R Online users were asked to offer their choices for the best of the best of The Young and the Restless over the past year. These users were allowed to nominate any performer or storyline that they felt fit the various categories. When balloting closed, Soap Central tabulated all of the nominations. The top four vote-getters in each category were placed on a final ballot, a ballot for which voting begins today. Additionally, all 16 nominees in the Outstanding and Supporting Actor and Actress categories were placed in an Outstanding Overall Performer category. Voters are asked to choose which of the nominees turned in the best performance over the past twelve months.
Voting on the final ballot will continue through February 9, 2001. At that time voting will close. On February 12th, the winners of the Dankies will be announced on the Soap Central web site. On February 19th, a special "all soap" edition of the Dankies will be held. In this special balloting, the winners of each of categories in all of the ten soap sections of the Soap Central site will compete against one another. Every user of Soap Central will be eligible to vote in the all soaps ballot.
CAST YOUR VOTES
All registered users of the Soap Central site are eligible to vote in the Dankies. Users who are not registered can do so for FREE by visiting our registration page. Each user is permitted one vote. Users can contact friends by Email or other Internet sources and point them to the Soap Central web site so that they can vote. Users may cast their votes in as many of the different soap sections as they'd like.