Melanie Amaro has the X-Factor. The 19-year-old beat out Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and more than 100,000 contestants to take home the first American X-Factor title. Amaro walks away with a $5 million advance and a Pepsi commercial.
[According to the Daily News] The Sunrise, Fla., product’s soulful rendition of Beyonce‘s ballad “Listen,” which she also sang at her audition, may have put her over the top in Wednesday’s final performance round.
When asked why Melanie lasted longer than favorites Rachel Crow and Drew Ryniewicz her mentor Simon Cowell said the following to Entertainment Weekly:
She’s got that star ability, and she’s tough. She was not the easiest person to work with. If she didn’t like something, she’d tell you. But I like that. I like that from an artists. You know, she’s got guts. She’s got steel. And right up until the last second, she was always concerned about her performance, and then the light switch went on every time.
Watch the video below for Amaro’s rendition of Beyonce’s Listen.
Today Melanie is making the rounds to talk about her big win. Soon she’ll be in the studio with her mentor, Cowell and working on an album with one of three labels who want to sign the teen queen.
Stay tuned for more on rising star, Melanie Amaro.
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