BIG DREAMS: Former Idols SA contestant Melissa Allison is now an actress on e.tv’s Scandal!.
Not only did she show Khaya Mthethwa’s fans that she was serious competition, she proved that she was a performer, too.
Allison (24) is bringing that same spunk and sexiness to the screen next month when she debuts on e.tv’s Scandal!, playing the role of journalist Jessica.
“This is completely different from learning lines for a song. I’ve never studied drama, so I’m just drawing from life experience.”
Allison was so nervous on her first day on set, her lips wouldn’t stop quivering. “It was really tough. I was nervous as hell.” She gives an embarrassed laugh at the memory.
But she’s a fast learner and by the end of the first week she was enjoying it so much she didn’t want to stop.
Her experience touring the globe as part of High School Musical before entering Idols SA last year must have helped.
Of her experience on the popular reality TV show, Allison says she was relieved when it ended.
“There are people who pick who they want to win from the beginning of the show already. I was a bit fazed about it and I would cry many times, but as you go along you grow a thick skin. I had to deal with it [the social media backlash]. But I couldn’t. fight because even with the negativity, I was happy they knew my name.”
The show exposed her to award-winning house duo Liquideep, who have roped her in to do vocals on the track Illusions on their latest album, Welcome Aboard. She’s also lent her pipes to Heartbeat Cafe’s Perfect View .
“It’s been a journey. I’m busy trying to do my music and finding my niche. After Idols,I have to make it on my own and surround myself with people who will help me make it to the next level. Now I can do what Melissa wants to do.”
The Port Elizabeth-born artist is also enjoying the minor celebrity that comes with the show. She was part of a host of celebs and sports stars who posed for a magazine’s annual naked issue in support of organ donation, and modelled a dress at an official pre-Fashion Week event.
But she has her sights set on bigger things.
“I want to star in a South African film eventually.”