Melanie Amaro, The X Factor
The X Factor's Melanie Amaro has signed a record deal, but not with mentor Simon Cowell.
The inaugural winner of Fox's reality singing competition has signed with Epic Records, which is run by another Factor judge, L.A. Reid, Zap2It reports.
"I am so excited to start recording my debut album for Epic under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell," the 19-year-old singer said in a statement. "This is a dream come true for me."
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Added Reid, "I joined The X Factor to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie. I am pleased that she is now signed to Epic Records because I believe we have only scratched the surface on uncovering her talent and her inevitable journey to super-stardom."
Along with the $5 million contract awarded The X Factor champ, Amaro will also star in a Pepsi commercial which will air during the Super Bowl.