Melanie Amaro Winner Of X Factor USA: What's Next For The 19-Year-old?

Melanie Amaro took the inaugural 'X Factor US' crown last night (December 22, 2011), beating out rocker Josh Krajcik into second place with crooning Chris Rene in third place. Amaro subsequently walks away with the $5 million recording contract - but where does that leave the 19 year-old singer who during the competition was compared to the likes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey?

Although this is the first season of 'The X Factor USA,' its predecessor American Idol has seen a varying degree of success for its winners and other alumni. The show's very first winner Kelly Clarkson, back in 2002, has of course gone on to huge pop fame, clocking three platinum selling albums, two of which were US Album number ones. Her fifth album 'Stronger' reached number two in the US this year. 2005 winner Carrie Underwood, meanwhile, has gone on to storm the world of country music, having taken five Country Music Association Awards and 11 from the Academy Of Country Music Awards, among many others, in her career.

It's not been all good for past winners though, Taylor Hicks enjoyed initial success in 2006 with his self-titled release going platinum, only for follow up, 2009's 'The Distance', to limp to 58 on the US Charts with sales of little more than 50,000. Kris Allen, winner in 2009, has also received muted success, his debut missing the US top 10 and selling only 80,000 copies. However, at the moment the judges - and the public - certainly seem to think Amaro has what it takes for a successful career.


Tags: Whitney Houston - Mariah Carey - American Idol - Kelly Clarkson - Carrie Underwood - Taylor Hicks - KRIS ALLEN


More Whitney Houston

Angela Bassett To Make Best Of Whitney Houston Biopic, Despite Protests

The Whitney Houston Lifetime biopic is going ahead as planned, but the singer’s family is not happy about it. Cissy Houston, mother of the late...

So, What Do We Know About Lifetime’s Whitney Houston Biopic?

Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic appears to be moving forward, with the announcement that Arlen Escarpeta has been cast as Bobby Brown. But despite the...

Deborah Cox To Sing Whitney Houston’s Hits As Lifetime Biopic Takes Shape

Production is well underway on Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which will feature some of the late singing legend's music. However, the songs will be...

Yaya DaCosta To Play Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic

Yaya DaCosta has been cast as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, according to reports in the Huffington Post. Whitney Houston's life is set...


Angela Bassett To Direct Lifetime Whitney Houston Biopic

Lifetime has announced it will be producing and broadcasting a film biopic of Whitney Houston and actress Angela Bassett will be directing.Whitney Houston pictured in...

Bobbi Kristina Brown & Nick Gordon Marry In Secret?

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, may well have married her fiancé Nick Gordon in a secret ceremony. 20-year-old Brown...

Drake Releases 'Nothing Was The Same': Another Strong Rap Album For 2013?

Three albums in and Drake has firmly found his place within the rap world. Not only does his latest record, Nothing Was The Same, deliver...

Ray J Loses It After Cops Jeer At Whitney Houston Corpse

Ray J, the rapper and former lover of legendary singer Whitney Houston, apparently had his final moments with the deceased star's body marred by an...



Whitney Houston Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Whitney Houston

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All