Melanie Amaro On Winning 'The X Factor'

And even if Canty has long since proven himself to be a worthy competitor, it's clear he's outshined by vocal thunderbirds Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro, and doesn't seem to attract the kind of loyalty lavished upon Rene by his legions of adoring fans

Melanie Amaro Has 'The X Factor' as the first winner of the U.S. season. Discuss on Madame Noire.

Amaro also revealed that judge Simon Cowell “was more nervous than I was backstage.” Still, she thinks there was no way she could have won without him. Amaro said, “I don't think I would have gone very far at all,” had Cowell not mentored her.

(Spoiler alert!) 19-year-old Melanie Amaro was named the winner and given a $5 million recording contract. “I don't even know what to say — God is good!,” Amaro said after her win. Read more at The TV Column. Justin Bieber and sister Jazmyn Bieber.

Melanie Amaro performs "Listen" by Beyonce. (Official Site)