Melissa was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2007, in the category of "New Artist of the Year." She is up against the another Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila, for this award.
On November 30, 2006, Melissa left on a tour to entertain the troops overseas; she performed in Germany, Belgium and Dubai.
Melissa has a younger brother, Colin, whom she co-wrote a song for on her debut album.
While Melissa and Rex Goudie were being interviewed by CTV, Rex finally came clean and admitted that Melissa and he had been dating since about week 3 of the Canadian Idol's third season. The news broke April 6th 2006, which means they had dated for about 35 weeks before the news was confirmed.
For her first album, Melissa co-wrote Safe Place to Hide for her younger borther. She did this to let him know she is looking out for him, even when she is miles away.
As of June 2006 her first CD went Gold in Canada, while her first single went four times Platinum in Canada. The single also reached the Top 10 on Canadian radio charts.
Melissa debut single (Alive) was released October 4, 2005.
Melissa was part of the Canadian Idol Season 3 compliation CD (Canadian Idol - High Notes). On that CD she sang a cover of Martina McBride's Concrete Angel.
Melissa O'Neil's debut CD was a self-titled (Melissa O'Neil) album released in Novemeber 2005 by Sony BMG Music (Canada).
Melissa was encouraged to join singing activities, because of her voice, which lead her to try out for the Canadian Idol show.
Growing up, Melissa often listened to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
For fun, Melissa used to design her own websites before winning Canadian Idol.
Melissa shares a birthday with Bill Cosby.
Melissa was the youngest winner of the Canadian Idol crown at the time that she won. She had only turned 17 a few months earlier. She was also the youngest winner of any North American Idol contest at that the time.
Melissa was the first female winner of the Canadian Idol contest, and the third winner of the Canadian Idol crown.