Deeside youngster has talent

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A Deeside teenager has proved that good luck does come in threes as she scooped a trio of singing contest wins in the space of a month.

Melissa Allan, 17, from Banchory, has just notched up a hat-trick of victories in three North East’s talent competitions.

Being a dancer as a youngster, Melissa always took centre stage whenever there was an opportunity to perform. However, after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age seven, she soon realised that she would have to endure some difficulties if she were to fulfil her ambitions of entertaining people across the world and turned to singing instead.

Having entered the Deeside’s Got Talent competition at Aboyne Academy to raise funds for the school football team, Melissa wowed the crowds to secure the £100 first prize with her rendition of ‘Out there on my own’ from the musical Fame.

The following Friday, Melissa entered and won Aberdeen’s Got Talent, Thanks to this win, Melissa now has the opportunity to sing on stage alongside Capercaillie and Beverley Knight at the Fyvie Live concert in August.

Melissa continued her winning streak at ‘Born with Talent’, a high profile event organised to raise funds for a local Alzheimer’s appeal.

Melissa said: “I can’t believe it! What a weekend – it’s been mad and great at the same time. I was up against loads of talented people and yet they chose me!”