Idea of performing for school makes Melissa nervous

Lee-Anne Butler

DESPITE performing in front of hundreds of people on stage and even more when the show is broadcast, Idols Top 5 finalist Melissa Allison says she is nervous about performing at her former school, St Thomas Senior Secondary School, in Port Elizabeth today.

The bubbly 23-year-old said while she was looking forward to visiting her old school, she was nervous about performing in front of the pupils. Allison left the school in 2004 when she was in Grade 10.

She later matriculated through Intec College business school.

“I wonder what they will think of me. Do they think I am a role model? I really do not know so I am a little nervous. I am looking forward to seeing my old teachers though,” she said.

Melissa, who performed in front of hundreds of fans on the lake at The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World yesterday, said she was thrilled to be back in Port Elizabeth. She moved to Johannesburg to further her singing career four years ago.

“It is really wonderful to be home and see my family. They were in Joburg to see my Top 6 performance but I am excited to be back home in PE.”

Fans cheered when Melissa performed Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s When You Believe with her mother Charmaine. She said her mother had inspired her to become a singer.

She also sang Aint no Sunshine by Bill Withers and Proud Mary in the style of Tina Turner.

“I am so very proud of her,” Charmaine, a regular performer at The Boardwalk’s Action Bar, said.

Melissa said she had her heart set on winning the competition as it would launch the singing career she had always wanted. “I have a theatre background, but singing is what I have always wanted to do. Winning would give me the opportunity to further my career.”

She said the competition was very tight and any one of her fellow Idols hopefuls was capable of winning. “Even though we are competing against each other, we are close friends and all of them are phenomenal.”

Melissa said she had posted a message to her Facebook fans who had expressed disappointment in her song choices.

“I told them that every song I choose is because there is a specific theme to each show.

“There has been a lot of negative feedback but I feel that the positive overrides the negative. There will always be people who want to put you down but you just can’t let them.”

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