Aspiring actors will get a chance to win a role on Days of our Lives in the latest "I Wanna Be A Soap Star" contest. The winner will be announced in a live special.
A new cast member will be joining Days of our Lives later this year and you, the DAYS viewer, will be able to weigh in and help determine who that new cast member will be. The selection process will be the culmination of the latest edition of the "I Wanna Be A Soap Star" series, set to debut this summer.
Production of the fourth edition of the SOAPnet reality series will begin in May. Open casting calls for the "Soap Star" will take place in Miami (March 17th), New York (March 24th) and Los Angeles (March 31st). The ten contestants that make the cut will make their first television appearances sometime in August.
This, the fourth edition of Soap Star, will mark a number of firsts for SOAPnet. This is the first time that the show has offered the chance to win a role on a non-ABC soap; the previous installments allowed fans to win roles on General Hospital
, All My Children
and One Life to Live
. In addition, this year's winner will be named during a live telecast.
"We have had an incredible partnership with Days of our Lives since acquiring same day episodes in 2004," Deborah Blackwell, General Manager SOAPnet, said in a statement. "Our ability to cast a contract role on their show, that has over 40 years of history, speaks to our special relationship"
For those unfamiliar with the "I Wanna Be A Soap Star" format, the show follows very closely the standard reality show formula with a contestant being booted off each week. The show keeps true to its soap opera roots and requires each contestant to perform soap opera style "stunts" each week. A challenge may include a cat fight, a death bed confession or being caught in the act with a lover who just happens to be married.
Talent manager Michael Bruno return to the judging panel. He will be joined by newcomers, the multiple Daytime Emmy winning scribe Hogan Sheffer, who joined Days of our Lives late last year as head writer, and soap vet Mary Beth Evans
; ex-Sierra Montgomery
, As the World Turns
; ex-Katherine Bell
, General Hospital
.) Emmy-winning actress Debbi Morgan
, All My Children) was unavailable for this season due to scheduling conflicts. Cameron Mathison
, AMC) will continue on as host.
Previous Soap Star winners have met with mixed daytime success. Season two winner Alec Musser
continues to star as Del Henry
on All My Children. Season one winner, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, appeared for his promised 13-week contract on General Hospital and was written out shortly thereafter. The winner of the most recent Soap Star, Mikey Jerome, was seldom seen on One Life to Live and was killed off of the show.
"I Wanna Be A Soap Star" the Days of our Lives edition debuts Tuesday, August 14th at 800pm. New episodes air each Tuesday at the same time.