Melanie Amaro Wins "X Factor"

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 21: Contestant Melanie Amaro performs onstage at FOX's 'The X Factor' Top 3 Live Performance Show on December 21, 2011 in Hollywood, California. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images)

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    Melanie Amaro took home X Factor’s $5 million prize tonight in the finale of the singing competition’s first season. The 19-year-old was kicked off the competition and then brought back later on in the season. Following the announcement, the show’s judge and producer Simon Cowell said, “It couldn’t have been a better ending, the whole story, and the fact that everybody thinks it was something we put together for TV, me bringing her back. It wasn’t. It was a genuine mistake, the irony is she actually won.”

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