Usually five months out, a singing competition champ has been working the press and is about to release a studio album. Well, that’s certainly not the case for The X-Factor Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro.
Since being crowned the winner last December, she’s remained relatively out of the public eye. Save for a single release (“Respect”) and a Pepsi Superbowl commercial, Amaro has been virtually invisible.
Reports from The Hollywood Reporter indicate that Amaro is undergoing a strict pop star bootcamp to get in shape. She’s under a supervised diet and exercise regime. Producers are expecting a big reveal of a “whole new Melanie Amaro.”
Nigel Lythgoe, the producer of Idol, quickly shot the idea down because his show produces “stars” (as if a competition like that would be beneath the franchise).
Well, sorry Nigel, nothing is going to stop us from doing it anyway. As a warm-up for this season, let’s use the winners of last year’s competitions for the first ever Voice-Idol-Factor-Sing-Off! Melanie Amaro vs. Javier Colon vs. Scotty McCreery? Who is your champion?
Here are videos of their “signature songs” on their respective shows plus a poll in the end. Later, I’m going to expand this to include the finalist from each program (maybe Top 4) so we can have an ultimate-ultimate winner (I think Haley Reinhart is going to win that one knowing you guys). But for now, just the winners – take the poll!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of The X Factor winner Melanie Amaro on the set of her Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial! The ad features Elton John and ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin – Melanie’s new single!
LOL at the official trophy for winning The X Factor. Watch the video here:
As I expected, Chris Rene outsold Melanie Amaro on the last week of The X Factor. His ‘Young Home‘ finale performance is currently at #55 on iTunes — this is better than Adam Lambert’s new single ‘Better Than I know Myself‘ which has fallen to #88. Melanie Amaro’s ‘Listen‘ is at #160. Josh Krajcik did not chart.
Would it have mattered if we knew beforehand that Chris is outselling Melanie? Probably not. This is why The Voice is way ahead of The X Factor and American Idol when it comes to iTunes. During season one — the MP3 tracks you can download are not hidden in the Top Songs charts. This adds another dimension to the competition — will the fans buy more tracks to catch up on the charts? The person who sold the most, doesn’t necessarily win. It’s been proven so many times after these shows are over, so why hide it?
Chris Rene’s ‘Where Do We Go From Here‘ is at #193.
Melanie Amaro sang ‘Listen’ on The X Factor Finals
This was better than her audition, but was it better than American Idol’s Syesha Mercado?
Watch the video and listen to the MP3 here: