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X Factor Favorite Melanie Amaro Hopes Win Will Save Parents’ Home From Foreclosure

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By Radar Staff

Melanie Amaro is not only Simon Cowell‘s preference to win The X Factor. Sportsbook.com has made her the odds on favorite to take home the $5 million, five-year recording contract.

And if she does, one of the first things the 19-year-old Florida girl will do is help out her struggling parents.

Debra and Hipolito Amaro live in a two-bedroom house in Sunrise, Florida, the same home where Melanie was raised. Dad had a long period of unemployment and the house — the value of which has dropped from the $265,000 they paid to under $100,000 — has been in foreclosure.

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Hipolito recently landed a job as a maintenance foreman and Debra has a sales clerk position, but they’re living “oaycheck to paycheck,” she tells The Miami Herald .

That will change if Melanie does win.

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“She can do whatever she wants with the money,” her proud dad said. “But she knows we think it’d be really nice if she can take care of us a little bit.”

After last week’s shocking elimination of fan favorite, 13-year-old Rachel Crow, the buzz for the show has never been greater.

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The X Factor winner will be announced live December 22.

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