And The X FActor Winner is…

Courtesy: FOX/Melanie Amaro

On Thursday night’s The X Factor, Melanie Amaro won the biggest prize ever in TV history: a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music and a Pepsi commercial that will be seen during Super Bowl.

Host Steve Jones revealed that after the votes were cast, Amaro had bested runner-up Josh Krajcik and second runner-up Chris Rene. Amaro, 19, who was mentored by Simon Cowell, emerged as America’s choice and capped her coronation on Thursday’s finale by singing Listen.

On Wednesday night’s final performance show, Amaro, Krajcik and Rene each sang two songs, one solo and one celebrity duet. Amaro sang I Believe I Can Fly with R. Kelly, Kracjik sang Uninvited with Alanis Morissette and Rene sang Complicated with Avril Lavigne.

Online auditions for Season Two of The X Factor are open now through Dec. 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM PT. Solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over have the opportunity to submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos towww.TheXFactorUSA.com. More audition information to be announced.

Online auditions for season two are open now through Dec. 31, 2011 at www.TheXFactorUSA.com

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