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Finalists Revealed In Aussie Actor Search For Role Of Finn On Days of our Lives!

It’s down to three! After a wild talent search with over 300 applicants in Australia, Days of our Lives has narrowed down it down to three hunks, who are the finalists with a chance to win the coveted role of Finn, the new doctor in Salem just in time for the series 50th anniversary in November! The role of Finn is a lock for a 13-week contract cycle deal and will come to the Salem canvas as a resident under the tutelage of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian).

The three finalists are: Alexander Bruszt, 31, Tom Dalzell, 30 Andrew Steel, 30.  DAYS Co-EP Greg Meng said in a statement, “The number of submissions and the calibre of talent we were introduced to through this partnership with Arena far exceeded our expectations, and we’re thrilled about testing the top three finalists next week!”

The men are all excited for the opportunity of a lifetime to jump start their acting careers on network television in the states.  Previously, they have had small role son Australian television series in Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters and Wonderland.   In a chat with Australia’s TV Week, Alexander Bruzt summed it up best by saying, “May the best man win! (Laughs)”

So, take a look at the finalists headshots here.  Which gent do you hope lands the role of Finn? Weigh-in below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes, lets bring in another newbie…Days has done SOOOOO great(SARCASM) with newbies like Jordan, Ben, and Serena so lets continue with Finn and maybe Days will ‘Finnish’ its 50th with a big cake that says CANCELLATION instead of CONGRATULATION…enough said!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I am not wishing for cancellation…ive watched this show since 1965 with few breaks here and there, and hate how the ptb seem not to care for it anymore…saying the show will get CANCELATION instead of CONRATULATION is my fear of what will happen to Days if ptb do not listen to fans and turn things around…maybe if you read my previous comments about the show you wouldnt be sooooo rude in your reply to me!!! ps—take a look below and READ my reply to Ray…it says ‘I HATE TO SEE THE SHOW CANCELLED’….

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

How this get down here…this was a reply to code who said i was a jerk and rude for wishing Days cancelled which isnt true and now i see his comments to me are missing from my comments that are first above and my reply to him placed down here??????????????????????

CeeCee
CeeCee

I can tell you what I suspect happened, jimh. I do believe the moderators, God bless them….they do their job well, and I admire that, realized how inappropriate code’s remark was, and they removed it from the site. Good for Michael Fairman. I also wrote in to carp about it.
So, I think that because code’s comment disappeared, your comment just follows as it was received. I read code’s comment to you. I was mortified…it was not very nice. Don’t worry, jimh. Later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, jimh.
Please, take it from me, Jimh. Do not pay this code person any mind. I’ve got your back….always.
He/she just suddenly appeared out of nowhere. He/she has made it his/her mission to insult other posters. I suppose attacking people is his drug of choice. He/she did it to me and others. So, my friend keep posting your well-thought-out comments. I, for one, learn so much from what you have to say.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Same here…i will always have your back too…code didnt really bug me…i just think he misconstrued my comments…it happens…ive done it myself…no harm done!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee…i also go to another site to comment on the British soap Coronation Street, a very realistic serial about working middle class families…character driven plotlines that make sense and have a beginning, middle and end…so down to earth…i love it…well, on that site you can dislike an actor, character, or storyline and no one ever insults another poster if they disagree with you…instead they politely say what they like about what you may dislike and viceversa…its completely friendly and classy whether one agrees with your comments or not…now thats the way it should be on any site…

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ jimh.
Perhaps, Jimh. But there was no reason to call you a jerk, whether he misconstrued your comment or not. You have a big heart and are quite forgiving. The world should learn a lesson from you.
Be that as it may, I am glad the moderators removed his/her remark.

Anyway, I do agree with you. DOOL is trying to do its best to keep itself afloat. And, you may be right in that all these newbies may not be what the audience wants. Many are asking for ‘vets’ versus introducing more characters. The prospect of losing yet another soap is very sad, indeed.

mike
mike

Guy in the middle has the best look.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, mike. Alexander has that Jimmy Dean, old Hollywood-look about him. Great call.

Aden
Aden

Didnt Days try something similar with a character NO ONE wants to remember? A certain scuzball named Colin Murphy? Viewers of all soaps are crying out for vets and characters with ties to the fabric of the show. And yet they keep introducing these pointless newbies, attemping to shoehorn them into story…and it mostly always fails. Dont even get me started on Hayden on GH….a slutty prostitute…willing to sleep with anyone and sell herself to the highest bidder. Classy!!

Mo
Mo

They are all good looking. Bruszt might have the slight edge for me. Question is, can they act?

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Mo – Alexander definitely has a mysterious masculine edge. I checked out his reel, too. There’s something interesting about him.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I call ‘interesting’, sex appeal, Jeremy. Wow!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

okay, okay, CeeCee, I guess it was indeed, ‘sex appeal’ that I was inferring. 🙂

James McDonald
James McDonald

Andrew Steele

Patrick
Patrick

“judging” from pics available on google

i’d say : Alexander Bruszt : he looks like he can carry many different looks with varying emotions to go with

only saw 2 clips from youtube:

Alexander Bruszt, and Andrew Steel

for the dramatic style, i’d say Alexander Bruszt
for the comedic and doesn’t take himself seriously… Andrew Steel

either way…. GIVE ANNE A BFF with the guy

“Please”

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Patrick – All 3 actors demo reels were not very impressive, and without reading a character description for Finn, all we know is that he will be short-term and be working with the wonderful and amazing (haha-ha) Dr. Daniel. I too, am interested in Alexander Bruszt and, Andrew Steel for the same reasons you mentioned. If we were provided more than headshots, more details about the character itself, I’d be more precise in a specific actor. So, at this time, I’m into Alexander and Andrew. Leaning more toward, Alexander Bruszt.

Mo
Mo

Yes, give Anne more story and a BF.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Anne. She cracks me up.

Ray
Ray

I am hoping and praying this new blood will give DOOL a much-needed shot in the arm. I just finished watching today’s show and was wondering how Ken Corday could allow the show to get this bad, especially the ridiculous story lines (elephant statues?), horrible acting and even worse dialogue. How many times can we see JJ pull away from Paige when things start getting steamy? The character of Serena is the biggest loss (I’m sorry Melissa Archer. You deserved better). The reporter barging into Will and Sonny’s apartment, screaming his name, insulting Marlena and wanting to look at his computer was over the top, with horrible acting by a day player. Is this the best the casting department could find?

Deidra Hall deserves better. Are we really supposed to think she would not John questions about when Paul was conceived? Unless Paul is over 30 years old, wasn’t J&M already a super couple at that time? The writers are rewriting history all for the sake of making Paul a member of a core family.

The writers have also made Will so unlikeable that it seems everyone is cheering for Paul and Sonny. How are we supposed to be excited about either pairing when we know Freddie Smith is leaving the show.

Molly Burnett is another waste of talent. Ever since she returned, she has delivered her lines like a stoner, rambling with a dazed look on her face. I loved the Melanie years ago and thought Molly was a powerhouse actress, but once again, the writers have destroyed the character.

The show needs to bring in some new characters, but give them some redeeming qualities and have some ties with Salem characters. We have enough bitchy, bad characters. Even the show out with some suspense, a murder trial, a stalker/stranger storyline.

I hate to be so negative about the show, but I feel like NBC is not going to stand behind a show that has a 1.7 rating and continuing to fall. Now is the time to bring back core characters (Phillip, Chloe, Belle, Shawn-Douglas). We need some continuity and not a show with no redeeming qualities.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I’m right behind you, Ray. Well said.

Mark
Mark

I agree with you 100%. And bring back Tony & Anna Dimera!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think Ken Corday is suffering burnout and doesnt care anymore…i think he’d might want to try other things…i once suggested the same thing about a murder storyline—a copycat Salem Strangular—or who murdered Clyde and a stalker plotline involving Kate and the return of Laura Horton but i doubt any will happen…i hope the return of Kristen and the 50th anniversary will help turn things around but if it doesnt i believe the sands in the hour glass will run out and the show will be cancelled by the end of 2016…i hate to see the show cancelled…ive watched since the first episode in 1965 with some breaks here and there…this started out about a family of doctors but now its become the Dr. Dullniel Jonas hour…sad!!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I vote for Tom Dalzell 😉

mike
mike

If Days only did one thing to improve the show that should be replace Guy Wilson.

code
code

Really?

Mo
Mo

OMG yes. He is awful. Has made me dislike Will and WilSon. They replaced Chandler with THIS Guy. Ha Ha Pun.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Mo. Ahhhh, Chandler….so drop-dead-gorgeous!!!!!!
Has anyone noticed that Guy has square-shaped eyes? And that moue he makes with his round mouth makes my hair go grey prematurely….I know, I’m so shallow.
I think the make-up, hair, and wardrobe crew could have done something more appealing for him. Why does he sport this grammar-school-boy haircut? Elongate his eyes somewhat, and for heaven’s sake, take off those grandpa sweaters and shirts!!!!!
But, guys, seriously; there is no redeeming quality about thisWill. I never liked him and I kept comparing him to Chandler. I am wrong, I know that…I never really gave him a chance. I never took to him…it is what it is, I guess. But, he has had ample time to do something with his personality…instead, TPTB decided to make him a cheater, which, may I add, makes me abhor him even more. The real Will is not supposed to be so manipulative, self-centered and egotistical all at the same time. Off with his head !!!!! Kidding, people…LOL.

Jill Fair
Jill Fair

Dalzell

Mo
Mo

Isn’t Xander Australian?

I would like to see more vets, but if this guy can act and they give him a decent story and maybe pair him with Theresa or Anne or even Nicole, it might be a good idea. But if it’s just a stunt to get fans in Australia, then I’m not interested.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Never mind the head shots, we have to see how they look without shirts on because that is what they will be hired for– eye candy, nothing more. They will be lucky it they last as long as Cameron, the last hunky doctor the show had– I really hope these guys aren’t pinning too much hope of making it big in America, based on a short term gig on the lowest ranking soap on the air.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I don’t know how others feel, but I get tired of the characters LITERALLY bumping into each other, like every OTHER episode – it’s sooo overdone and sooo astonishingly corny – I know it’s a small town, I know there are only like 3 sets but honestly, is this the best the writers can do – Nicole bumps into this new guy at “the square” then Nicole bumps into Serena, then Nicole bumps into Eric, then Nicole bumps into someone while texting, does Nicole need glasses or what – and whether they hire an Australian guy or a half Indian half gay Eskimo I don’t really care as long as the person can act. The writers need to get on with it already, and dump that STUPID
elephant story it’s so dragged out (and boring).

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Tom. Great post.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’ve often wondered if the directors and actors mistake the figurative for the literal.

The writing can say “bump into each other” as a way to say they come face to face or meet or run into each other…well, maybe it’s good the writers don’t write “run into each other.” LOL!

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DAYS’ Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes On Doug and Julie’s Emotional Scenes: “We Didn’t Have To Act Them. The Love Between Us Played Them For Us.”

If you have been witnessing this week’s episodes of NBC’s Days of our Lives, you know that Julie suffered a massive heart attack that has rocked Doug to his core, and has made the once invincible Julie devastated that she may not survive this medical crisis to continue her enduring love with her husband.

The heart attack which came about after Julie minced words with Gabi (Camila Banus), has given veteran stars and Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy Award recipients, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, some emotional and heartfelt material to play.  As everyone knows, the popular duo has been married in real-life for decades.

On their official Twitter handle DaysHayes, the couple shared this tweet to their followers: “Those scenes between Doug and Hope, and the ones between Doug and Julie were so beautifully written, we didn’t have to act them. The love between us played them for us. Thank you, Ron!”

Of course, Bill and Susan were referencing Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati for this storyline and giving them these impactful scenes to play which mean so much to them and the longtime DAYS viewing audience.

So, what have you thought about the recent Doug and Julie scenes, since Julie suffered a heart attack?  What do you think of giving vets like Bill and Susan the ball in this storyline? Comment below.

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Then in the twist at John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) wedding anniversary shindig, it was revealed that the woman masquerading as “Nicole” was actually Kristen, thus devastating Anna knowing that Tony knowingly married his own sister as part of plot to gain control of DiMera Enterprises.  She later learns Tony has to spend time behind bars for shooting Ted Laurent, and has to say goodbye to him as he serves time after finding him again.

Leann chats with host Michael Fairman as she weighs-in on the latest story plot, working with her dear friend Thaao Penghlis , the men in Anna’s life through the years, and how the series has written her character over the years and more.

Later, Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole)  sit down with Michael and talk about the sisterhood they have formed since learning that Ari would be playing Kristen in disguise.  The dynamic duo share their thoughts on the making of, and the moment of the big reveal when John figures it all out and unmasks Kristen in front of the guests at the Jarlena wedding reception, as Brady (Eric Martsolf) is beyond duped!  In addition, both Stacy and Ari share that they are looking forward for viewers to now see the return of the real Nicole, and that Kristen will no longer be hiding under a mask, and more.

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So what did you think of the sentiments shared by Stacy, Arianne and Leann?  Was the unmasking of Nicole/Kristen one your favorite moment recently on DAYS?

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Right before Labor Day weekend, NBC released the new fall season promo for Days of our Lives, and from the looks of it, fans are in for surprise after surprise, all leading to “a twist never before seen in daytime”, according to the teaser.

From Jack (Matt Ashford) and Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) big kiss, to someone becoming preggars, to the reuniting of Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and heart-stopping drama involving Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), plus Vivian (Robin Strasser) being alive much to the shock of her son, Stefan (Brandon Barash), an Elani wedding, and returns of Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Hartley) and Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), and more, there are plenty of nuggets to dissect and speculate on of what’s to come in Salem from this fall season kick-off.

Watch it below …. and then let us know what you are looking forward to seeing the most via the comment section below.

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