AS she waits with bated breath to hear her fate tonight, Nelson Mandela Bay's sole SA Idols hopeful, Melissa Allison, says she is confident that her audience will get her through to the finals.
The Bay and Eastern Cape as a whole including mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, have thrown their weight behind Allison,, in the hope that the next Idols winner will be from Port Elizabeth.
Wayile's office has even designed a poster which says "The mayor supports Allison for SA Idols".
He is also encouraging residents to vote for her.
While she was nervous about the outcome of the vote results which will be announced tonight, Allison said she was trying to remain confident. "I've worked so hard to get here and I'm hoping I will get to the final. I have confidence in my audience that they will get me through to the final," she said. "I think I could have done better with my performance [on Sunday] but I think it was enough to take me to the final."
This week, Allison sang Adele's Chasing Pavements, Fallin' by Alicia Keys and Unfaithful by Rihanna.
Commenting on Wayile's campaign for her to win the competition, she described it as "crazy". "I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have the mayor supporting me and rooting for me.
"I feel so honoured and proud to have so much support because I am now an ambassador for PE and a role model for the younger generation." Wayile's spokesman, Luncedo Njezula, said the mayor wanted Allison to win because she was an ambassador for the city and the province. "She carries the hopes of the city and the province."
While the young songbird waits to find out if she has made it into the final two, friends and fans have been sending messages of support to her Facebook and Twitter profiles.
On Facebook, Helen Smith wrote: "U amazing girl, stay focused and positive, PE is behind u all the way, you're a superstar no matter how this competition goes."
The Live Results Show will be broadcast at 7.30 tonight.