She graduated from Sickles High School in 2003.
Auditioned for American Idol season 2, but she didn't make it.
Auditioned for American Idol with the song "Can't Fight the Moonlight".
She sang four different songs on season 5 of American Idol. "When the Lights Go Down" originally performed by Faith Hill, "Why Haven't I Heard From You" originally by Reba McEntire, "What About Love" by Heart, and "Lately" by Stevie Wonder.
She said that if she won American Idol the first person she'd thank would be God and her family.
Each time before she performs she prays.
After the Top 12 was announced Teen People conducted a poll to see who viewers think would win. Melissa came in twelfth with two percent of the votes.
Her hero is her Uncle Britton because he was able to overcome lung cancer even though he never smoked his whole life.
Her favorite American Idol judge is Simon because he is honest.
She would like to learn how to play the piano.
She says that her most embarassing moment was when she was competing in a beauty pageant and she broke a sprinkler, flooding two floors.
Dancing is another talent of hers besides singing.
Sang "What About Love" for the American Idol: Season 5 Encores CD.
Fans have been dubbed "McGheeks".
She is the oldest of four children.
Full name is Melissa Rochelle McGhee.
Melissa auditioned for American Idol in Denver, Colorado.
Her favorite female artist is Kelly Clarkson.
Her favorite male artist is Jason Mraz.
Melissa was voted off American Idol when she sang "Lately" on March 14, 2006.
Her lucky charm is a stuffed animal named Moose.
She first started singing when she was 4.
Melissa came in 12th place on American Idol 5.