DSDS: Terrible death drama overshadows the participation of a talented Bavarian
Created: 01/23/2022, 06:52
By: Armin T. Linder
Her father accompanied Melissa to the DSDS casting.
Now he's dead. © Screenshot RTL
Melissa Mantzoukis from Bavaria would like to start with DSDS.
But a death drama after the casting overshadows her participation.
Ingolstadt/Cologne – Melissa Mantzoukis hoped that her big dream of becoming a singer would come true with DSDS.
The then 17-year-old appeared at the castings with her father.
"I'm a daddy's child.
If he hadn't motivated me, I wouldn't have made it here," she explains.
The trainee bank clerk lives in Ingolstadt.
Her father is from Greece, her mother from Georgia, she explains.
In the castings, she actually gets the recall note.
Her performance of Rihanna's "Diamonds" did not initially convince the jury, Toby Gad asked for another song.
Melissa then made it to the next round with "Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez.
Good news for you and your dad.
DSDS candidate Melissa loses her father between casting and recall
But then fate struck terribly: As RTL reports, her father died two weeks before her recall appearance.
A very heavy blow.
But she didn't decide to cancel her DSDS participation.
But wants to do this for her dad.
"I do it for him because he would definitely want that," she is
quoted as saying on
The broadcaster did not say whether she would make it past the recall.
Not even what her father died of.
The DSDS participation is already her second, says the now 18-year-old to the
"I've always wanted to be on this stage and I tried it for the first time when I was 15, but failed quickly.
When I was 17, I applied again."
DSDS candidate Melissa wants to continue for her father
On the day her casting appearance in the first episode aired (January 22), Melissa Mantzoukis took to Instagram to speak.
"Today is the day.
Tune in to RTL at 8:15 p.m. and keep your fingers crossed for me,” she writes.
Not necessary – RTL announced before the show that she would get ahead.
The sad news about her father seems to have gotten around already.
"We wish you my condolences and a lot of strength!" Writes a follower.
Who is on the new DSDS jury?
We present the three members to you here.