From Idols to Isidingo

Shanice May (22)

You might know her from South Africa’s most viewed and very popular reality show, Idols South Africa or have watched her perform at the Free State Arts Festival but twenty-two-year-old Shanice May has far bigger plans in store.

The Bloemfontein-born singer and actress of late has landed a one-year contract in the South African soap opera, Isidingo, which premiered on SABC 3 in July 1998 and is broadcast on SABC 3 from Mondays to Fridays at 19:00.

May had the people of Bloemfontein glued to their screens when she first appeared on Idols and sang a winning rendition of Drake’s Hotline Bling, which earned her a golden ticket to take part in the competition where she made it to the solo auditions in 2016.

According to May her acting career started when she featured in a play at the Free State Arts Festival where she played a leading role. Her talent was spotted and she got signed by Star Quality Actors’ management. “It’s been a really cool experience as it is my TV debut. I am really happy that I got a role in a well-known South Africa soapie. It was cool meeting all the well-known people,” May said.

When May is not busy developing her acting career she is busy working on her music as she plans to release a single this year. She is making her mark in the SA entertainment industry, so be on the lookout for her as her first on-screen appearance in Isidingo will be airing in April this year. – Pierce van Heerden