Soap Hub Performer of the Week for Y&R: Melody Thomas Scott

Young and the Restless viewers know that Nikki Newman’s name will do whatever she has to do to protect her husband and children, especially Victoria Newman Locke. This week, she encountered an unexpected blast from the past amid Victoria’s recent upheaval. For her performance, Soap Hub Performer of the Week honors for Y&R went to Nikkis portraitist Melody Thomas Scott.

Melody Thomas Scott – Y&R Performer of the Week

Not only did Nikki have to deal with the fallout from Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) accident this week, but she also had to come face to face with a woman she thought she had killed.

As usual, Thomas Scott rose to the challenge. She did a great job of showing Nikki’s horror at seeing Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters) in the flesh. Her excellent body language and facial expressions worked alongside the dialogue she said as Nikki really let her former rival have it. We could really feel Nikki’s shock and fury in the scene. Plus, the actress drew inspiration from the two characters’ sordid history to pack a mighty punch.

Then, later, when she had to break the shocking news to Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), Melody Thomas Scott had Nikki to perfection. She played the part of a concerned mother when it comes to Victoria, but then got down to business when she let Victor know they had another big brewing problem. His inflection expressed Nikki’s outrage at the whole situation.

We’re really looking forward to seeing Thomas Scott flex his acting skills even further in upcoming storylines where Nikki takes on the role of co-CEO alongside Victoria. Congratulations for an excellent performance!

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