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 laid low.
What’s going on?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source reveals that Epic Records head L.A. Reid — who is overseeing the launch of Amaro’s debut — is having the rising star undergo a strict pop star bootcamp. This includes a supervised exercise regime and a diet. The source continues:
“L.A. Reid is adamant that Melanie get thinner so he’s hired a trainer for her, has her on a strict diet and checks in personally every day to see how much weight she’s lost. When she comes back, it will be a whole new Melanie Amaro.”
2012 is a whole different ball game as far as singing competition shows are concerned. Viewers have most likely already moved on to the next big thing. Reportedly, Amaro has been hard at work on her debut album — working with industry heavyweights Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Justin Bieber) and Tricky Stewart. As of March, she’s recorded four or five songs for the album — which is expected to drop sometime this year.
Will dragging out a public reveal backfire? Or is it the right move?