First, I extend congratulations to Ashlee, winner of this season’s I Wanna Be a Soap Star. She’s beautiful and talented. She has a touching back story involving single motherhood and an adorable son. And she worked hard for the prize. She will make a wonderful addition to Days of Our Lives.
But I still think Jimena should have won.
The Colombian beauty offered the most honest, riveting performances of the show. Did she hit the mark every time? No. Then again, neither did anyone else, even Ashlee. But when Jimena was at her best, no one compared. That should have been more than enough to win her the title.
I’m not exceedingly disappointed, though. It’s not like last season when a lesser contestant took the top honor. Ashlee is a very worthy winner. If Jimena wasn’t destined to be this year’s Soap Star, then I’m more than happy to see Ashlee wearing the crown.
It’s about time Soap Star had a female winner, and I liked that viewers had a say this go ’round. In fact, the show was a pleasant surprise for me, especially when I had been ready to give up on it after last season. This batch of actors was the best yet, and I look forward to seeing what next season will bring.
Now all I need is for some soap to snatch up Jimena and put her on-screen ASAP. I, for one, would tune in to watch.

kkitts

Woo to the hoo!
Yeah, I’m pretty excited about last night’s I Wanna Be a Soap Star results. Yves was finally shown the door (several weeks too late, in my opinion), leaving the two most worthy contestants: Ashlee and Jimena.
Don’t you just love it when the judges on a show actually get something right?
Hogan “Big Ole Teddy Bear” Sheffer finally voiced what I’ve felt about Yves all along: There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of depth to him as a performer.
I will reluctantly admit that I was slightly torn because I felt like this was one of Yves’ best scenes. Plus, he really seems like a decent person with a great sense of humor. Add the fact that he’s married to a supportive woman, has a beautiful daughter and boasts leading-man looks … well, if I were a man, I’d probably hate him. As it is, I just think he had less to offer than either Ashlee or Jimena. I’m glad the judges agreed.
Now it’s down to the final two. And you know what? I’m not only thrilled by the fact that the best contestants are in the finale; I’m just as satisfied that they are both female. It’s high time for a woman to win Soap Star. It should have been a woman last season … *cough*BethAnn Bonner*cough* … not that I’m holding a grudge.
In case you didn’t know, viewers get a say in the finale, which will air Oct. 16. You can vote by e-mail at SOAPnet, or by calling 1-888-4-SOAP-01 for Ashlee or 1-888-4-SOAP-02 for Jimena. Each phone number/e-mail address gets five votes, so get hoppin’!

kkitts

I guess I was slightly off in my predictions for I Wanna Be a Soap Star last week. But I refuse to be thwarted and shall try my hand at it again.
Justin, whom I had picked to come in second, got the boot. I was surprised because, once again, I just didn’t get the strong appeal of Yves. I’m not saying Justin blew my soap socks off, but I definitely think he did better than Yves.
Mary Beth Evans made a great point when she said she was surprised to learn Yves has a child. That right there should have given off warning bells to the judges, but ah, well. Perhaps they gave him sympathy points because he was the only one who had to deal with a visibly cranky kid.
My biggest knock against Yves? His refusal to use his personal life, i.e. his role as a father, as inspiration to play the scene. Huh? What’s he relying on then? A nice smile and good hair, I guess. I’m starting to think that’s what the judges are going by, in any case.
Now, Yves seems like a nice guy. And he doesn’t suck. I just think he was the weakest actor last week.
On the bright side, Jimena’s still in the game … and I believe she’s still the most deserving of the prize.
Check out SOAPnet tonight and see if you agree.

kkitts