Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Melanie Amaro on The X Factor Week 8, on November 10, 2011

We now know that Melanie Amaro won Season 1 of The X Factor USA, but for those of you who didn't take the whole journey from auditions to boot camp to the finals, you might not know what the fuss was about. Here are our favorite performances from the show. Consider it a crash course in Melanie. If any of your friends ask, you can tell them you remember the broadcast. Cheating this way will be our secret.

Here's one of the many performances of "Listen" that helped build her reputation. In this particular edition, judge Nicole Scherzinger is brought to tears.

Credit: YouTube Photo: Video: Melanie Amaro Sings

Here, with the full power of the style team and a song that played right to her strengths, Melanie served notice to America that it was her contest to win or lose.

Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" on The X Factor, October 25, 2011

On Michael Jackson night, with the surviving members of the Jackson family in the audience, Melanie rose to the occasion with the deep cut, "Earth Song"

Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" on The X Factor USA, November 30, 2011

You can watch ALL of Melanie's videos here, but for this "best of," we'll leave you with "Feeling Good" which may be the one that sealed it for her. In the waning weeks when the votes were becoming critical, she brought it with this classic favorited by Nina Simone and others.

Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Feeling Good" on The X Factor USA, December 14, 2011

Did we leave out YOUR favorite? It's not like you can pick a bad one. Ms. Amaro was nothing if not consistent. Hail to the champion!

 

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