Blonde Melissa copies her idol’s ev­ery ac­tion

Sunday Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN si­[email protected] sun­daysport. co. uk

ANY­ONE fa­mil­iar with the ca­reer of Holly Wil­loughby can­not help but be im­pressed by the telly babe’s charm, bub­bli­ness and sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed.

But Melissa Dal­ston takes her ad­mi­ra­tion to a whole new level.

Be­cause the copy­cat 34- year- old, from Vange, near Basil­don, Es­sex, wants to BE This Morn­ing host Holly and lives a life as close to her idol’s as pos­si­ble.

Sin­gle­ton Melissa said: “I look at Holly and I re­alise that hers is the per­fect life and I want my life to be like hers, you see?

“So I’ve dyed my hair blonde and I’ve bought a cat who I call Phillip Schofield.

“Ev­ery morn­ing, I sit on the sofa with Phillip Schofield and I feel so close to Holly be­cause I’m be­ing just like her.”

Melissa also wrote a chil­dren’s book after read­ing that Holly was a suc­cess­ful kids’ au­thor.


She said: “Un­for­tu­nately, after I sent the man­u­script to the pub­lisher, the po­lice ar­rived – as the girl who had read my book said it was the most dis­turb­ing thing she’d ever read.

“So maybe I’ll not do any more writ­ing for a while.”

Mel had more suc­cess recre­at­ing her own “jun­gle camp” by a rail­way line after Holly joined Dec pre­sent­ing I’m A Celebrity.

She said: “I had the whole Holly ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing on – scream­ing when I saw a spi­der and be­ing a bit of a drip. It was a mag­i­cal time.”

Mel dreams of meet­ing Holly – but has to wait un­til a court or­der ban­ning her from ap­proach­ing TV stars lapses.

TEST OF SUR­VIVAL: Mel’s own ‘ jun­gle camp’ by rail tracks SEE­ING DOU­BLE? Melissa wants to look just like Holly

FUN IN JUN­GLE: It was magic for Mel when Holly and Dec got to­gether

TWO TO FOL­LOW: Holly and Phillip

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