Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Melanie Amaro Performs Live on The X Factor on October 25, 2011

Simon Cowell almost made the biggest mistake of his TV career when he cut Melanie from the show during the Judges’ Houses elimination episode. But he got her back and her first live show performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” crushed any doubt he had of her ability to be the next big pop star.

Watch all the latest and greatest from Melanie below!

Credit: YouTube Photo: Video: Melanie Amaro Sings
Credit: Rickey.org Photo: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Performance — The X Factor Boot Camp on October 5, 2011 [VIDEO]
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" for Simon Cowell on The X Factor, October 16, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" on The X Factor, October 25, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Desperado" by The Eagles on The X Factor, November 2, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson on The X Factor, November 9, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Everybody Hurts" on The X Factor, November 16, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" on The X Factor USA, November 30, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Adele's "Someone Like You" on The X Factor, December 7, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Whitney Houston's "When You Believe" on The X Factor, December 7, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Hero" by Mariah Carey on The X Factor USA, December 14, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Feeling Good" on The X Factor USA, December 14, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro and R. Kelly Sing "I Believe I Can Fly" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Listen" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on The X Factor USA Finale, December 22, 2011