Melanie Amaro set for $5m payout after X Factor win

Friday December 23, 2011

Melanie Amaro has been crowned champion of the US X Factor.

The powerful 19-year-old vocalist from Florida won the first series of the talent competition over soulful 30-year-old Ohio singer Josh Krajcik.

Melanie, who was mentored by judge and show creator Simon Cowell, was awarded the show's grand prize, a $5 million recording contract and a starring role in a Pepsi commercial.

Simon tweeted afterwards: "America.I.Love.You."

Chris Rene, a 28-year-old singer-rapper from California, came in third place.

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