After immigrating to New Zealand from South Africa when she was 11, Megan Alatini (née Cassie) became a contestant on reality show Popstars in 1999, soon winning a place in girl group TrueBliss. The band topped the Kiwi singles and album charts. In 2002 Alatini joined the main cast for the fourth season of The Tribe as warrior Java, acting alongside her real-life sisters Meryl and Monique. Alatini also acted in the short-lived Atlantis High. In 2006 she was a judge on New Zealand Idol; the following year she competed on the third season of Dancing With The Stars, where she ended up runner-up behind Suzanne Paul.
I didn’t have to think twice about joining, I was like ‘hell yeah!’ I love performing, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to learn to dance, support a charity and have great fun all on national TV. Megan Alatini on the opportunity to perform on Dancing With The Stars, NZGirl website, 7 April 2007