Florida native Melanie Amaro may just be 18 years old, but she already gained fame for her talent. In 2010, she took part in a gospel concert and continued to work on her singing. Soon she landed a spot on The X Factor, where she belted out Beyonce’s “Listen” and caught the attention of the judges immediately. She also surprised audiences by being added as an extra contender to the original Top 16, making her the 17th contestant chosen by Simon Cowell himself.
FOX’s The X Factor is a reality competition looking for the next great entertainer. From those who have auditioned, judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid handpick several contestants who might have just what they’re looking for. After a rigorous process, only one will end up with a $4 million recording contract with Epic Records, plus $1 million to spend on their own. The winner will also be starring in their own Pepsi commercial.