December 23, 2011 04:12 PM by Perry Miller
After tallying more than 40 million votes, Melanie Amaro was voted the winner of the X Factor Thursday night. Along with the title, Melanie also received a recording contract worth $5 million. So how does the 19-year-old college freshman plan to spend her new fortune? Read on to find out.
Melanie Amaro, the new X Factor champion only had hours to think about how she would spend her new fortune. “Life will change a lot,” she told PEOPLE Magazine. “The most I have ever had before was $200, if I was lucky.”
Melanie, a college freshman and part-time piano teacher, plans on buying her mom a new house and treating herself to a lifetime supply of chicken. “I can’t live without it,” she says. “It’s my favorite food.
To be named the first ever X Factor winner, Melanie had to beat out the other 2 finalists. Rocker Josh Krajcik and recently rehabbed singer Chris Rene also made it to the final 3. Simon Cowell, the creator of the X Factor and head judge, called the trio the most talented group of finalists of any reality singing competition that he has judged.
The finalists all performed on Wednesday. Melanie Amaro, considered the early frontrunner and mentee of Simon Cowell, sang a duet with R. Kelly of his hit “I Believe I Can Fly” and Beyonce’s single “Listen”.
After the announcement that she won Melanie, who had been sent home early in the competition and brought back, was speechless. All she could get out was, “Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!” before falling to her knees and praying.
Simon Cowell has said that 4 record labels are interested in signing the talented singer and the decision of which one to go with would be made sometime on Friday. Being crowned the winner of X Factor is only the beginning for Melanie Amaro.