Winner of "The X Factor" (and $5 Million Recording Contract) Named

News   Winner of "The X Factor" (and $5 Million Recording Contract) Named
The winner of "The X Factor," the singing competition that featured former Footloose star Stacy Francis as a competitor, was named Dec. 22.

Nineteen-year-old Melanie Amaro was crowned the winner during a two-hour season finale on FOX. Host Steve Jones revealed that after the votes were cast, Amaro had bested runner-up Josh Krajcik and second runner-up Chris Rene.

Amaro, 19, who was mentored by Judge Simon Cowell, emerged as America’s choice and capped her coronation on the finale by singing “Listen.”

Amaro is the first finalist to win "The X Factor" title, a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music and an iconic Pepsi commercial.

Online auditions for Season Two are open now through Dec. 31, 2011, at 11:59 PM PT. Solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over have the opportunity to submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos to

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