Based: Port Elizabeth

Idols South Africa 2012 runner up!

Making it to the Top 2 in Idols Season 8 is 24-year-old Melissa Alison from Port Elizabeth’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. “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!”

Melissa Allison has 8 years combined experience in the music, tv & theater industry. She was an alternate lead & understudy for the lead role “Gabriella Montez” in the High School Musical South Africa theater show which toured SA & Asia as well as a runner up in the South African Idols season 8 & then went on to pursue television and landed a role as ‘Jessica Klein’ in the ETV’s drama series ‘Scandal’.
Melissa has recently relocated from Johannesburg back to her hometown Port Elizabeth.