Melanie Ann Amaro (born June 26, 1992) is an American-born British Virgin Islands-raised singer who won X Factor USA on December 22, 2011. She was part of the girls catagory, mentored by Simon Cowell. She is best known for her great rendition of Beyonce's "Listen", which brought judge Nicole Scherzinger to tears. She later wowed people with her rendition of the Michael Jackson song "Earth Song". Due to the eliminations of fellow contestants Drew and Rachel Crow, Amaro became the only act left in her catagory, as well as the only female contestant remaining. She beat out both Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene for the title. She won a $5 million record deal and a Pepsi commercial that will air during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012 on NBC.
ReactionsEditMelanie has been praised for her voice. L.A. Reid said listening to her sing was like "drinking warm honey." Paula Abdul said Melanie could "sing the phonebook". Nicole admitted that she "made her a believer". Simon announced Melanie for the live shows as "you know the expression 'save the best for last'? Here's Melanie Amaro!" Melanie has been most likely with the odds to win the show.
After her victory, Melanie admitted that she and Trace Kennedey of The Stereo Hogzz are dating.
Post X Factor USAEdit
Since her victory, Melanie has signed a deal with Epic Records, whose president and CEO is LA Reid, and even has a pizza named after her at a restaurant in her hometown of Sunrise, Florida. Her first single, an uptempo version of the Aretha Franklin classic "Respect", was released to digital retailers like iTunes on February 2, 2012 even though it's not officially her first single. The song was featured in Amaro's Super Bowl Pepsi commercial, which also featured music legend Sir Elton John. The song, despite not officially being her first single, did peak at number 3 on the BIllboard Dance/Club chart. Amaro was also nominated for a 2012 Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Reality Star.
Amaro's debut album, which will feature a collabration with R&B star Ciara, will be released on December 4, 2012 with one of the songs, "Don't Fail Me Now", being used in a promo for season 2 of X Factor USA in August 2012. "Don't Fail Me Now" was released as a single on August 1, 2012, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Charts. The song's music video premiered on Amaro's Vevo channel on October 19, 2012.
Despite multiple rumors on a release date, Amaro's debut album, Truly, was delayed until further notice.
X Factor PerformancesEdit
- Audition (Free Choice) - Listen by Beyonce
- Bootcamp 1 - Run To You by Whitney Houston
- Bootcamp 2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
- Judge's Houses (Solo) - Will You Be There by Michael Jackson
- Week 1 (Free Choice) - I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston
- Week 2 (Free Choice) - Desperado by Eagles
- Week 3 (Songs from Movies) - Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
- Week 4 (Rock) - Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
- Week 5 (Giving Thanks) - The World's Greatest by R. Kelly
- Week 6 (Michael Jackson) - Earth Song by Michael Jackson
- Week 7 (Dance Music Hits) - Someone Like You by Adele
- Week 7 (Save Me Songs) - When You Believe by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
- Semi-Final (Pepsi Challenge Songs) - Hero by Mariah Carey
- Semi-Final (Get Me to the Final Songs) - Feeling Good by Cy Grant
- Final (Celebrity Duets) - I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
- Final (5 Million Dollar Song) - Listen Beyonce
- Finale (Christmas Songs) - All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
- "Respect" (2012) (non-album single)