Melanie Amaro Wins The X Factor

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Dec. 23 2011, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Melanie Amaro was crowned the winner on Thursday night's finale of The X Factor, netting the show's grand prize of $5 million plus a spot in a Pepsi ad, and has video of the songbird's emotional win.

After host Steve Jones announced her as the winner of the show's first season in the states, the 19-year-old Florida native, who was born in the British Virgin Islands, could barely get any words out uttering, "Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God."

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Her coach Simon Cowell wasn’t at a loss for words however, telling the crowd, "I want to say, 'America, thank you for giving this girl an opportunity.'"

Amaro defeated Wooster, Ohio soul singer Josh Krajcik (second-place) and Santa Cruz, California rapper Chris Rene (third-place) for the most viewer votes a night after she delivered a star-making rendition of Beyonce's Listen.

Krajcik was a good sport in defeat, saying, "Melanie deserves it. She has a wonderful voice. I had such an incredible experience here. I got to be myself, sing what I want to sing, and I couldn't be happier."

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The finale of the British import also included star-studded performances from Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent.

The show's second season airs on Fox next fall with auditions kicking off next month.

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