Melanie Amaro Wins ‘The X-Factor’ USA

Dec 22nd, 2011 // 3 Comments

Melanie Amaro, the teen-age powerhouse cast off early in the debut season of the U.S. The X-Factor, tonight won the show’s grand prize, a $5 million recording contract and an appearance in a Pepsi ad that will during next year’s Super Bowl. The results, read on the air one night following the star-studded final performance episode, punctuated an incredible reversal of fortune for an artist Simon Cowell now calls “a superstar”. Watch Amaro’s massive win and learn the other results below.

Clearly overtaken by the moment, Amaro cried “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh My God!” as host Steve Jones declared her the first champion of the American version of Simon Cowell’s successful British talent program. She performed a new rendition of Beyonce’s “Listen” (the song she crooned in her audition), and later told viewers that her emergence to potential mainstream pop stardom was “something I’ve wanted for all my life.”

Her win marked the end of a winding journey: the 19-year-old singer traveled from Sunrise, Florida to compete on the show, but was sent packing by Cowell in an early round. The famously scathing talent judge later reversed himself, and visited Amaro at home and asked her to return for another go. (Funny, Cowell seemed to weather that decision better than Nicole Scherzinger did when she cut Rachel Crow).

Tonight, Cowell said of Amaro, “We came here to find a superstar, we found a superstar. Thank you to everyone who supported the show… “I want to say, America, thank you for giving this girl an opportunity.”

Her victory left 30-year-old Josh Krajcik as the runner-up, with 28-year-old Chris Rene placing third.

Are you ready for Amaro to become a major new star? Will The X-Factor become an even bigger launchpad for talent in its second season? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments.


  1. we found a superstar. Thank you to everyone who supported the show… “I want to say, America, thank you for giving this girl an opportunity.”

  2. MusicManDave

    Melanie Amaro is one of the best singers to come out in years. This born to be superstar has the most amazing range that surpasses many top artists today. Singing the song “Listen” gave me chills that matches singers like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Move over ladies, there is a new DIVA in town and she’s here to stay. Big time producers are already trying to snatch her and when the 1st album comes out, my prediction is that it will sell millions.

  3. john

    i wish would put out a statement why they sabotaged the group “illusion confusion” i was in the audience in Miami they came on right before Melanie and totally ROCKED the bank Atlantic center,they got TWO standing ovations,Simon said “fantastic,you are the best group in the competition by far” and i remember Paula said” i’d love to bathe in Illusion Confusion”the arena broke out in laughter. made it to final 32 yet that awesome audition NEVER shown,2 performances judges house never shown and final straw all other 31 acts perform undisturbed yet theirs was sabotaged with a talking interveiw over theirs ,even Yahoo music critic Lyndsey Parker wrote article(judges house part 2) 3 weeks ago and stated xfactor had to have something personal on these guys,notice youtube vid(bootcamp group 7)again get shafted as they only show them dancing in background.i wrote to and asked and they banned me from posting,just for asking why? thats pretty deep to ban someone for a question,must be touchy subject. wish more people would write or post on their site and ask why they felt they had to sabotage these guys,oh and i KNOW at their judges house perf, Paula’s face and”on the fence comment WERE edited in from ANOTHER group they were commenting on,they SHOULD put up their 1st audition,what are they scared of?

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