Cliffhanger songstress returns

Neo Bodumela

EVERY year thousands of hopeful musicians line up for an opportunity to impress the Idols judges, but for one talented former Nelson Mandela Bay songstress it may be second time lucky after she impressed judges for the second year running.

Idols fans will remember bubbly Bay brunette Melissa Allison, whose vocal ability last year saw judge Gareth Cliff lose a bet to fellow panellist Randall Abrahams, forcing him to bungee jump off Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium arch.

The singer and songwriter received a coveted golden ticket last season to the live auditions in Sun City, but had to turn the offer down after deciding to honour commitments she had to a Durban theatrical show.

But after getting a second opportunity to put her vocal skills to the test, the 22-year- old said she would try to win the competition at Sun City this time around.

“I entered again this year to give it another go. I didn’t want to find myself in a position where I would always ask myself: ‘What if?’

“It feels like a blessing receiving the golden ticket for the second time. It doesn’t happen to everyone, so I’m truly honoured. I have definitely stepped up my singing since last year and even though the competition is very tough, I think the fact that I got this chance again says there is nothing going to stop me from winning.”

Last season her audition resulted in Cliff betting Abrahams that if she made it through to Sun City, he would bungee swing-jump off Moses Mabhida.

Allison left Port Elizabeth four years ago to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer in Johannesburg. Barely a month after arriving in the city she was chosen as the understudy for the lead character in hit production High School Musical in its South African and Asian tour.

The former Newton Park resident, who describes herself as passionate, a risk taker, a dreamer and fighter, said she rated her chances highly in the competition and hoped to clinch the title.

“I was very nervous at my audition, but I used it to my advantage. I turned the nerves into adrenaline. I was much more prepared this time around.

“I made sure I had no other commitments and thought long and hard about my song.

“Whatever happens, it’s all in God’s plan. I want to see myself in the top five singers at least. But nobody ever enters a competition to lose. You enter to win and that’s what I want to do.”

Before auditioning Allison said she had been writing “a few songs and singing for my upcoming album which is in the process [of being cut]”.

The launch of the album would be put on hold if she clinched the Idols title, she said.

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