Melanie’s magic touch in Cinders

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Flashing wands at the ready — X Factor star, as singing sensation and former southsider Melanie Masson joins the cast of this year’s family pantomime, Cinderella, as Fairy Godmother. Melanie starring alongside John Barrowman and The Krankies.

Melanie became a household name as one of four contestants to be mentored by Gary Barlow in the 2012 season of X Factor after stunning the public and judges with her audition rendition of Janis Joplin’s Cry Baby.

Melanie is no stranger to the stage having trained at Queen Margaret College of Music and Drama in Edinburgh, and performed in the West End and on national tour in production including The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Jailhouse Rock The Musical, Peggy Sue Got Married, What A Feeling, and at the Edinburgh Festival as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Maria in Twelfth Night.

Melanie was recently nominated for a Capital FM/Scottish Variety Award for best newcomer and is currently working on her first album.

The big-scale show is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, the company behind the critically-acclaimed festive feasts staged at the SECC over the past four years.

Executive producer Jonathan Kiley said: “As anyone who followed Melanie’s performances in The X Factor will know she has a powerhouse voice which is absolutely first-class and a loving personality.”

The show runs December 13 until January 4.