Yoliswa Sobuwa and Thando Ndabezitha
BUBBLY Melissa Allison, the only Eastern Cape singer to make the Idols Top 10 this season, believes her biggest competition is public favourite Khaya Mthethwa from Durban and Alberton finalist Tshidi Tenyane.
Allison, who spent her days before Idols designing jewellery and working at a daycare centre, said yesterday she was excited about making the final 10.
"I was completely overwhelmed and full of excitement when I heard that I was in the Top 10. Being in the Top 10 means another chance to show people my passion for music,” Allison said yesterday.
Allison, who turned down a golden ticket last season because she had prior professional commitments, entered this season confident that it would be her year. Being in the competition so far has taught her patience and to use nervous energy to her advantage.
"I have also learnt to believe in myself before anyone else does. If I don’t make it as this year’s Idols winner, I will definitely pursue my music career. I believe it is what I have been created for. Music is my way of making a change,” she said.
No stranger to fame, Allison, 23, previously made it to the Top 12 in another M-Net competition, High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa.
Meanwhile, the Bay’s two other contestants who made the Top 18 – Jean Huisman, 23, and Thabisa Mhlakulwana, 29, said they remained positive despite not making the Top 10. Huisman, a third year student studying for a BA degree in social dynamics at Stellenbosch University, said the competition had given him a sense of perspective.
"I do not feel any entitlement to go to the top of the competition. I feel honoured to have made it this far,” Huisman said.
"I got exposed to different types of music styles and to the standard that I need to compete against. I am motivated to work harder in my music.”
Mhlakulwana said the competition had provided a platform for her to introduce herself to the public. "Even when I am walking in malls people recognise me from Idols.”
While there is an album in the pipeline – Mhlakulwana has been approached by a few record companies – for now, she is staying in Johannesburg, trying to get a feel for possible gig venues and spending some "down- time” with her family.
She also wants to hone her personal music style, which she describes as a combination of jazz and rock.
‘I am ... young and funky. I do not do slow music,” she said.
The Top 10 performance will be recorded at the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland on Friday and broadcast on M-Net and M-Net HD and Mzansi Magic at 5.30pm on Sunday.