In 2008, Mélissa's mother signed her up for the casting of the 7th season of the reality TV show Nouvelle Star, which was broadcast from March to June 2009. After having gone up to the prime, Mélissa Nkonda was eliminated at the end of the third prime, she regret that it had to do with "infernal machinery," where "there wasn't any opportunity for improvisation, everything is planned right up to the nail polish." She then admitted "the happiest day of my life was when I went home." At the end, she said there was "nothing positive" about it, explaining that it's just a show that "only serve to crush artists in public."
Her first album, Nouveaux Horizons, allowed her to work most notably with French rapper Soprano, whom she would be part of a duo with (remix by Nouveaux Horizons), V V Brown, and RedOne. Her first single, also called Nouveaux Horizons, was successful since its release. It's one of the most played singles on radio and TV since the summer of 2011.
In October 2011, following a remake of her album Nouveaux Horizons she released her single Africa.
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