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'X Factor' Star Melanie Amaro: Simon Cowell Told Me Not To Doubt Myself!

Wed, October 26, 2011 4:41pm EDT by Russ Weakland 6 Comments
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Melanie almost didn’t make it on the show, but she was saved by Simon at the last minute and now she’s telling HollywoodLife exclusively about her experience!

Melanie Amaro, an 18-year-old Sunrise, Florida native, did not disappoint last night when she sang Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing.” caught up with Melanie after the show, to tell us how much Simon Cowell has influenced her!

When Simon personally traveled to Melanie’s house to tell her that she would in fact be on the show, she didn’t know how much her world was about to change. “I think that helped me to realize that at any moment I could go home.  And that feeling can always come back again. It woke me up a lot,” she says.

Currently, Melanie is a top contender on the show, but how does she plan to keep herself at that level? “Just being more Melanie, more me… I just want to entertain!”

With such a beautiful voice, Melanie has many genres to choose from like pop songs and ballads, so which does she think best suites her? “To be honest I can sing anything, just give me it and I will work with it and make it my own!”

But would she be able to sing something really out of the box like Nine Inch Nails? “Oh wow! I would have to take that song and make it my own. I would have to put some Melanie on it!,” she adds.

With talent like hers, there’s no doubt she could!

Melanie is lucky enough to have Simon as her mentor, so what has he told Melanie that really stuck with her? ” The one thing he has told me was to continue to be Melanie. He told me to never doubt myself. Because that is what got me here. He wants me to continue to be that way!” Who knew Simon could be so sweet?

We wish Melanie  the best of luck on this season of the X Factor!

–Reporting by Russ Weekland, Written by Taylor Williams

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