In a star-studded finale that concluded months of competition, Melanie Amaro was crowned the first winner of the American version of X Factor and the winner of a $5 million recording contract. The biggest prize ever awarded for a singing competition. Melanie will also appear in a Pepsi commercial.
Star after star graced the stage this evening, Justin Bieber w/ Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, 50 Cent, Pit Bull and Neo. The final twelve returned to perform group numbers and several of the finalists made cameo appearances with the superstars.
Josh Krajcik finished in second place and Chris Rene finished in third place.
Congratulations to all this evening’s finalists.
X Factor USA will be back in 2012 for a second season!