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'The X Factor' winner Melanie Amaro signs contract with Epic Records

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/03/2012 

Melanie Amaro has inked a recording contract with Epic Records, the record label which is under the leadership of The X Factor judge and music producer L.A. Reid.

Amaro, who won The X Factor and claimed the $5 million grand prize after being mentored throughout the season by judge Simon Cowell -- whose acts directly competed against those of Reid's each week, creating a rivalry between the judges -- will also continue to work with Cowell as she records her first album.

"I joined The X Factor to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie," Reid said in a statement. "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."

"We all agreed that Epic would be the right fit for Melanie. L.A. made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to work with her and with his track record, you can't say no to that," Cowell explained.

"I am so excited to start recording my debut album for Epic under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell," Amaro, a 19-year-old singer from Tortola, British Virgin Islands who currently resides in Coral Springs, FL, added. "This is a dream come true for me."

Amaro was crowned The X Factor champion during the new Fox reality singing competition's live finale last month, defeating runner-up Josh Krajcik and third-place finisher Chris Rene.

(Photo credit Fox)

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