Credit: Ray Mickshaw / FOX Photo: The Three Finalists on The X Factor on December 21, 2011

It was an night of guest stars, music legends and old friends returning to pay their respects, and The X Factor USA finale culminated in Steve Jones announcing victory for Melanie Amaro. The Florida girl who was rescued from early elimination by Simon Cowell stormed through the competition to land a 5 million dollar recording contract and capture the hearts of the millions of fans who supported her. Josh Krajcik, the beloved burrito barista came in second.

In tears as she sang her victory song, Melanie shook with emotion and gratitude as the moment overcame her.

The X Factor has been renewed for a second season, so we'll see this competition evolve and grow, but it will always be remembered that Melanie Amaro was the first X Factor USA champion.

Enjoy your rewards, Melanie, as we will enjoy your albums! A fine conclusion to a very fine season!

The end of a competition and the start of a career!

 

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Credit: YouTube Photo: Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik Sing David Bowie's "Heroes" on The X Factor Finale, November 23, 3011 [VIDEO]