Hometown: Port Elizabeth
Making it to the Top 18 is Melissa’s second shot at TV fame – in 2008 she also made the Top 12 in the M-Net competition High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa, which was a great preparation for Idols SA.
“I did the High School Musical TV show as well as the live show for three years,” she explains, “and in between I have worked with Danny K and Loyiso as well as the Bala Brothers.”
Melissa’s brother is also a musician and coming from a musical family, she says music was always her destiny. “I started singing in day care from the age of five!” she says.
“I also sang in church and at school socials. So it all came naturally to me – it’s been my destiny from the word Go.”