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Melanie Amaro Reveals How She’ll Spend Her $5 Million ‘X Factor’ Winnings

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X Factorwinner Melanie Amaro was overcome with emotion on the finale that she could barely sing the lyrics to the song that put her on the map, Beyonce‘s ‘Listen.’ Now that she’s gained her composure, she opened up about what she’ll splurge on first with her sweet $5 million — and the answer will surprise you!

“A good foot massage!” she laughed to Us Weekly. “These heels are killing me!”

Once she takes care of her tootsies, Amaro plans on taking care of her family. “I think I’m going to buy [my parents] a new house because the one we live in right now sucks,” she said. “[The money] will change a lot, that is for sure. I mean, the most I’ve ever had is like $200 in my account if I was lucky.”
“For me to have won was big. I feel blessed and I feel happy,” she added. “I have worked so hard to get here and I truly deserve this.”

Considering Amaro was initially eliminated by her mentor Simon Cowell, she certainly came a long way. If you recall, Cowell rejected Amaro when she auditioned at his home before the live rounds began. Perhaps he was a prophet, because Cowell then flew to Florida to bend the rules and bring her back — and she in turn brought it home. Based on her flawless performances week after week, we think America agrees — she definitely deserves this.

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