Melanie Amaro wins X Factor USA..

Melanie after she was announced the winner

"The X Factor USA" crowned its first winner, girl-category member Melanie Amaro on Thursday night (Dec. 22), in a finale that came down to her, boy-category member Chris Rene and over-30s-category member Josh Krajcik.

Melanie Amaro's victory, was quite a shock to me because I totally thought Chris Rene had this one in the bag. On one hand, Melanie had one of the best initial auditions (if not the best) we've ever seen; Beyonce's 'Listen' received the best rendition anyone could ever give it. She has also been really strong week in and week out on the show.

On the other hand, there hasn't been a female winner of "American Idol" since Jordin Sparks in Season 6, which was four and a half years ago. I honestly wasn't sure a girl could win one of these singing competition shows anymore, regardless of how talented she is e.g Glo Naija Sings. It seemed Melanie and American voters have proven us wrong. Congratulations to her, but I'd always be a Chris Rene fan :-p

How do you feel, Naija "X Factor" fans? Did the right person win the competition?

Chris Rene
Josh Krajcik

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