DC's Top 10 Female Entertainers of 2012
No 3: Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless
In what might have been the worst year creatively in the history of The Young and the Restless, Genoa City's faithful viewers had to hang on desperately to whatever felt familiar. Thank the Soap Gods for Melody Thomas Scott and her iconic character Nikki Reed Newman.
As the love of her life, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) made an ass of himself by courting their daughter-in-law, Nikki proved a rock for the Newman clan, even while reuniting with paralyzed old flame Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman). While that reunion didn't last as long as we would have liked, Scott sparkled opposite Bergman as if it were 1990 all over again.
Scott as Nikki also proved the ferocious-yet-stylish mama lion, anytime she had to give Sharon (Sharon Case) a smack down, literal or figurative. Ironically, it was the denouement of daytime's worst storyline of 2012—the Shictor romance—that saw Scott at her best. Desperate to find a missing Victor, Nikki left Jack and went off searching for the man she will forever love. We don't know what Victor ever did to deserve Nikki, but thanks to Scott's bravura performance in 2012, we cared enough to keep watching and find out.