Melanie Amaro wows the audience with look and voice, wins X Factor

Dec 23, 2011

The X Factor finale took place Thursday night, and America voted for Melanie Amaro to be this year's winner. Amaro had quite the up and down season, as she was set home but later asked to return because Simon Cowell believed in her - and now she is the winner with a $5 million prize.

Her $5 million song was Beyonce's "Listen," which left the audience in an uproar of praise. Not only did her voice stun people throughout the competition, but so did the clothes she wore. During the finale she wore a glitzy black dress with big, diamond earrings, bringing the look together. Her fashion jewelry was subtle as the dress had enough sparkle. 

Amaro beat out the other two contestants, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene. It was no secret that Cowell was hoping for Amaro to win, and when she did, he was more than excited for her.

"She was a good contestant because she thought long and hard about how she would interpret songs," says Cowell. "Every week we were discovering something new in her."