Melanie Amaro: Girls just wanna have fun

Melanie Amaro wins first season of ‘X Factor’ USA.

Reuters December 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES: An emotional Melanie Amaro won TV singing contest “The X Factor” on December 23, earning a $5 million recording contract and closing the first US season of the heavily hyped Fox show.

Josh Krajcik finished  second after a public vote and Chris Rene came in third after a Christmas-themed, two-hour finale that also saw
performances by Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis and 50 Cent.

Amaro, 19, a ballad singer whose voice has drawn comparisons to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, had been tipped by the four judges to win after delivering a powerful rendition of Beyonce’s hit “Listen” on December 21st.

On December 22nd, she dropped to her knees in prayer and wept with joy, speechless at her victory.

More than 100,000 people auditioned for a chance to
compete in “The X Factor,” which judge and entrepreneur Simon Cowell brought to American television after making it the most-watched show in his native Britain. But the US show has fallen short of the ratings and critical expectations set up by Cowell this year. It has drawn an average of 12 million viewers or about half the audience for long-running singing contest “American Idol” that is also on Fox.

Amaro gets a $5 million contract with Cowell’s Sony Music-owned record label SyCo and a starring role in a new commercial from sponsor Pepsi. “We came here to find a superstar and we found a superstar,” said a delighted Cowell after Amaro won the contest.

Krajcik, 30, a bluesy rock singer who worked in a burrito restaurant before joining the show, also congratulated Amaro.  “Melanie deserves it. She has a wonderful voice. I have had such an incredible experience. I got to be myself and sing what I wanted to sing. I couldn’t be happier,” Krajcik said.

Rene, 28, a recovering drug addict and rapper whose original song “Young Homies” has been a YouTube hit, said, “I feel amazing that I got to do this. I got to touch a lot of people’s hearts.”

“The X Factor” will return for a second season in the fall of 2012.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2011.


Parvez | 11 years ago | Reply

I'm pleased because I had tipped her to win just after Simon did the drama of getting her back on the show after she was voted off.

brian | 11 years ago | Reply

Well done and well deserved Melanie.

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