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Simon Cowell’s reality singing competition baby is a triple-X threat!

FOX released its first batch of 2012 Teen Choice Award nominees on May 18, and The X Factor is up for three awards: Choice TV Male Personality (Simon Cowell), Choice TV Female Reality Star (Melanie Amaro), and Choice TV Reality Show. Its stiffest competition is American Idol, which received five nominations.

Excited about her nom in a category that pits her against the likes of Lauren Alaina, the Kardashians, Tia and Tamera Mowry, and Snooki, Season 1 winner Melanie urged her age-appropriate Twitter followers to get to voting: “Remember if u have more than one email register that one too and vote :) thanks ! Muahh”

You heard the lady: If you’re between 13 and 19, head on over to TeenChoiceAwards.com and cast your votes! The biggest event in teendom airs Sunday, July 22 from 8-10 p.m. on FOX.

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