After a month of speculation that Steve Jones is leaving The X Factor, the host confirmed Monday that he's indeed packing it in after the inaugural US season.

On his Twitter page, Jones calls his departure "a shame," but adds, "I can't complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show."

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The X Factor may have crowned Melanie Amaro as its first champion, but that talented singer isn't the only contestant to benefit from her time on the show.

Sources confirm that Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene and Astro will all sign recording contracts with Sony Music, encouraging news for the second, third and seventh place finishers, respectively.

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Acknowledging a few mistakes made on the first season of The X Factor - too much judge bickering, overly involved production numbers - Simon Cowell told People Magazine this week he'll evaluate all aspect of the show for season two and that 2012 will be a "bloodbath."

We assume the producer was talking about the on-air competition, but might he also have been referring to backstage changes on the way?

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Leona Lewis now has something in common with Melanie Amaro: each was named the first-ever female winner of a version of The X Factor; Lewis in Great Britain and Amaro, of course, in the United States.

So it was only appropriate that Leona was present during last night's first season finale of this Fox competition, singing a beautiful version of her hit single, "Run." Watch and listen now:

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