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Thursday, March 26, 2009

10 Music Stars Who'd Make Great Soap Stars

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Paula Abdul
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As people turn away from soap operas in droves, daytime television continues to pull out the dramatic stops in order to keep afloat in the recession. But if Days of Our Lives or All My Children wants a bit of a buzzy boost that a fictional transsexual rock star just cannot provide, the producers should consider hiring one of these music stars, who all seem to have the soap opera mentality coursing through them:

10. Paula Abdul
The pop star turned American Idol judge began her aspiring career in soaps with her cavalcade of celebrity husbands and boyfriends, including Emilio Estevez and Arsenio Hall, during her '90s heyday. Today, she's moved on from the starlet role into the shoes of the crazy eccentric, her nonsensical, seemingly drugged up behavior the perfect foil for a One Life to Live story.

9. Chris Brown
The unfortunate incident with R&B singer Brown and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna catapulted Brown's image from squeaky-clean to ultimate villain overnight. His actions should be condemned, but it is hard not to notice that the plot could easily make for compelling daytime TV.

  • Rihanna

8. Rihanna
Tired of hiding from the world after Brown allegedly beat her on the night of the Grammy's, Rihanna has been out and about in a major way in the last couple weeks, clubbing, house hunting for multi-million dollar properties, and tattooing a gun on her body. That's consummate leading lady material right there.

7. Diddy
Paternity suits, nightclub shootings, dismantling bands -- it's all seemingly in a day's work for the tireless Diddy. His life as well as his Making The Band reality TV series is already alarmingly close to capturing the drama of the classic '80s nighttime soaps like Knots Landing, Dallas, and Dynasty, so imagine what he'd do with the freedom of fiction.

6. Gene Simmons
Currently starring in A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels, the KISS frontman displays his flair for the dramatic and overindulgent, from infamous lechery at fan conventions to a televised face lift. The latter scenario would have brought a lot of new viewers (and maybe a few pregnant nurses) to General Hospital.

click to enlarge Boy George
  • Boy George

5. Jessica Simpson
From living out her first marriage on the MTV reality show Newlyweds to her subsequent, just-as-public divorce and new, rocky relationship with football star Tony Romo, Simpson's already got a great screen test to show to daytime television execs.

4. Boy George
Ask Erica Kane: Jailhouse plots bring big ratings to soap operas. And Boy George is currently cooling his heels in an entirely different sort of culture club for the imprisonment of a sex escort, something that would likely make for a fascinating turn on the boob tube.

3. Lil Wayne
Knocking up nail technicians, being pulled over for guns and Ecstasy, standing up whole arenas filled with people: That's just the last couple of years in the life of New Orleans-born rapper Lil Wayne. And he doesn't even need a script.

Kanye West
  • Kanye West

2. Kanye West
Woe befalls the female who breaks West's heart, as ex-fiance Alexis Phifer recently found out the hard way: "Heartless," a cold song about being dumped, is so far the big hit from West's recent 808s and Heartbreak album. The tendency to wear his heart on his Louis Vuitton sleeve combined with his sartorial splendor would translate well into soap leading man.

1. 50 Cent
Half-buck's big entrance into the pop world was with "Wanksta," a song that basically ruined rapper Ja Rule's career. From there, 50 has been synonymous with "beef," the hip-hop term for grudges, and made it his business to attack anyone who rubs him the wrong way. His current fixation is Miami rapper Rick Ross, who he's dissed in increasingly shocking ways since the beginning of the year, exposing Ross' previous occupation (correctional officer), financial health, and his closest relationships. There's a fascinating recap of the clash on 50's Web site, but it hasn't been updated to include his latest low blow, an amateur home porn movie of one of Ross' baby mamas that 50 has hilariously and viciously narrated. Ross will have to pull some major Young and the Restless moves to come back from that scathing attack.

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