Credit: The Official X Factor USA Page Photo: Melanie Amaro Wins The X Factor USA

Melanie Amaro has, as expected, won the first season of The X Factor USA. With the exception of the strange twist in which Simon Cowell rejected her then, conscience-stricken, raced down to Florida to collect her, she was considered the front-runner. And she delivered. Melanie will be given a 5 million dollar contract, appear in a Pepsi commerical and be forever known as the first X Factor USA champion. The actual vote counts are never fully released, but it can be assumed she won by a comfortable margin. She never appeared in the Bottom Two and was universally praised by the judges throughout the fourteen week competition. 

After a full evening of entertainment featuring return visits from the Top 12 and performances by Pitbull, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, as well as Melanie herself, the winners were revealed. 

Chris Rene was eliminated first. He took it in good graces, and then tense moments passed as Melanie stood next to Josh Krajcik not knowing what we now know...

Melanie Amaro is The X Factor USA winner! We shall follow your career with great interest, Melanie! Congratulations!

 

Relive her entire X Factor career here: All Melanie Amaro's Videos