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It’s easy to get lost in the swell of The X Factor Season 2 and forget to remember Season 1’s queen bee, Melanie Amaro. Melanie bested Josh Krajcik, Rachel Crow, and Chris Rene, winning the whole hog last year, to the tune of $5 million. She also landed a major recording contract with Epic — and has an album out in 2013, the singer tells MTV.

Why the year-long wait for Melanie’s first album? I guess Epic wants a little bit more from me, they want me to do my very best," she tells MTV. "It's good to know they're taking time because they want perfection. I'm looking forward to it."

Who do you think will be this year’s Melanie Amaro and win the whole thing?

Source: MTV

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