Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Melanie Amaro Performs on The X Factor Week 6, November 2, 2011

The X Factor is down to it's final 4 contestants, and after last night's amazing performance of "Feeling Good" — we're pretty sure this gal has what it takes to win it all!

Here's our case for 19-year-old Florida gal Melanie Amaro. Melanie captivated the judges — and the audience — at her initial audition with a jaw-dropping rendition of Beyonce’s “Listen” from Dreamgirls. Since then, Melanie has turned in flawless vocal performances at pretty much every turn.

Despite her incredible singing, Melanie almost didn’t make the finals, as the show likes to keep reminding us. Simon had to go chasing after her and bring her back after she’d been cut. As disappointing as the cut must have been for Melanie at the time, it’s probably a great thing for her chances. It gives her a memorable backstory, and it adds a sense of urgency to her time on the show. How could people not vote for her when she was already almost cut?!

And then, of course, there’s that voice. People love their diva belters, and Melanie has an incredible instrument. Melanie seems to be able to stand up among the ranks of the great vocalists, the Whitneys, Mariahs, Celines. That very obvious sort of talent plays well on TV, and may push her ahead of contestants whose vocal appeal is more subtle.

Finally — Melanie is a makeover waiting to happen. She’s a pretty girl, and slowly the stylists are bringing out her star quality. As years of American Idol have proven, the audience loves to see an artist really blossom throughout the competition, and Melanie is pretty much the perfect candidate for that storyline, so to speak.

What do you think? Will Melanie’s golden pipes secure the prize for her, or will someone else walk away with the crown? Let us know!

 

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Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Melanie Amaro Performs on The X Factor Week 6, November 2, 2011
Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" on The X Factor USA, November 30, 2011