Who Won The X Factor?

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It all boiled down to talent (Melanie Amaro) versus heart (Josh Krajcik) versus energy (Chris Rene) on the first-ever American finale of The X Factor, with a major recording contract, $5 million and serious bragging rights at stake tonight.

So, who took home the largest grand prize in reality show history?

Following an electrifying set of performances by Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Leona Lewis, Pitbull and Ne-Yo, host Steve Jones announced the winner as ...

The X Factor Winner

... Melanie Amaro!

Obviously stunned and emotionally overwhelmed just after Jones made the expected announcement, a choked up Amaro said only "GOD IS GOOD!!"

And half a million thank yous.

Simon Cowell said simply, "We came here to find a superstar, and we found a superstar ... congratulations and thank you to all who supported this show."

Chris Rene got the chop first, leaving Melanie and Josh Krajcik in the final two. Before the results were unveiled, the two dueted on David Bowie's "Heroes."

The first season finale then closed out with a performance by Melanie. She sang "Listen," a perfect choice as it was arguably her strongest effort all season.

What do you think? Did Melanie Amaro deserve to win?

 

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Josh should have won this competition hands down. The other 2 contenders were great no doubt, but he had it all. He should get a recording contract and I will be the first to purchase any and all CD's he records.

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I really wanted Josh to win. I likes a lot of the contestants, but he really has the X factor, IMO

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I love melanie am happy she won but i will buy josh cd anyday

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I love melanie am happy she won but i will buy josh cd anyway:

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I'm not sure I know exactly what qualifies someone to BE a winner on The X Factor.... Is it their voice? Is it their ability to write music? Be 'current'? That they HAVE that "X" factor (whatever THAT is)? Melanie has an amazing voice; but how many people buy big "Diva" music? And I'm not making a statement -- just asking the question. All I know is that, of the final 3, Josh is the only one who puts out music I would buy. He sounds like a combination of Stevie Ray Vaughn and a young Joe Cocker -- and THAT, to me, is a combination that's pretty hard to beat. I LOVE his vocals, and he appears to be able to play a number of instruments well also.

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"America" got it wrong............AGAIN!! Bet Josh outsells Melanie by far.

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SIMON DID'NT WANT TO LOOSE, AND SINCE HE PUT THE MONEY UP FOR SHOW, SIMOM GETS WHAT SIMON WANTS,MEL CAN SING, BUT DON'T THINK SHE WILL MAKE HIM THE MONEY HE WAS LOOKING FOR OFF HER. SIMON IT'S SAD TO THINK SOME HOW YOU RIGGED THE SHOW. SOME DAY YOUR MONEY WONT BUY A THING!!!

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Chris was definitely the most entertaining and just because he didn't have the best voice, doesn't mean he shouldn't have won! Chris, I went for you since your audition man and you should have WON! Continue to stay straight please and continue to do what you love because you are a star and America and I still want music from you! I LOVE YOU CHRIS! YOU SHOULD HAVE WON! (:

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A big disappointment that Josh didn't win. We were all ready to buy his first CD. He was the best from the start of the show. Hopefully he will receive many offers to perform and record CD's. He is a super humble performer with a gifted voice. Melanie deserved to win. Both Josh and Melanie were deserving winners.

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I don't think she sould have won. She was told by Simon and his alter ego all this stuff. Watch The X Factor 2011 final results full video - http://ow.ly/88YdY

Melanie Amaro Biography

Melanie Amaro Photo Melanie Amaro is an 18-year old from Sunrise, Florida. She originally auditioned for The X Factor with Beyonce's "Listen" and then... More »
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