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Devon’s sister, Ana, is coming back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but she’s going to look a bit different because AMERICAN IDOL contestant and Broadway star Loren Lott is taking over the role beginning in the episode airing on Wednesday, Nov. 28! “My first series regular!” the performer gushed on Instagram. “I have joined the cast of Y&R. I couldn’t believe it when I got the call from all of my team of the phone. I’m so grateful. To hear my manager almost crying because we’ve been on this journey together so long and she knows the empire I want to build.
“I left New York to be closer to my grandparents and my hope was that when they turned on the TV they would be able to see me and be proud of me without them having to fly to New York and pay for a show,” Lott continued. “I wanted them to be alive to see me do cool things. By the grace of God they have gotten to see me star in two big shows and now will see me almost every day on Y&R.”
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Back like I never left!!! Literally left Born For This and came straight to Once On This Island! As you can see. Please send me prayers for my debut tonight! This is so fast for me. But with God I will never fail and I can do anything! 💚💙 #inmyfeelings #inmyfeelingschallenge
Lott was a contestant on the 14th season of AMERICAN IDOL in 2015, but after two songs failed to make it to the finals. She has appeared on TV series such as POWERS and GREENLEAF, as well as on stage in shows like Motown the Musical, Born for This, and Once On This Island. “I’m joining a show with a beautiful reputation for launching the careers of so many people I love,” she declared. “Mine is next. This is just the beginning for me.”
The character of Ana Hamilton was introduced back in 2008 and was played by Jamia Simone Nash on a recurring basis until 2012. She first arrived in Genoa City on the arm of her mother, Tyra Hamilton, who wanted to get to know her son, Devon, who she had given up as a baby. Ana displayed musical talent, and Katherine Chancellor had her enrolled in a music school in New Hampshire to develop her singing.
Unfortunately, it turned out that Ana wasn’t really Tyra’s daughter, and she was taken into foster care. Neil Winters and Karen Taylor got married so they could foster Ana with the hopes of ultimately adopting her. Tyra tried to run away with the girl, but Neil stopped them. During the custody hearing, Neil turned on Karen and told the judge Tyra had been a good mother to Ana and should retain custody. Tyra learned she was adopted and not really a Hamilton, and after a brief affair with Devon, left town with Ana.
What brings Ana back to Genoa City and her brother’s life? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out, and for more Y&R casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!