X Factor Winner Melanie Amaro Wants to Surprise with Album

Winner of the American take on The X Factor, Melanie Amaro said she wanted to do something different with her album.

“I’m not going to tell anyone,” Amaro said of her vision for her debut album. “I think I’m going to surprise. Humongous ballads — everyone knows I can do that. I want to show people there is more to me.”

Amaro walked away with a $5 million Sony Music record deal and a Pepsi ad campaign, besting second-place finisher Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene, who placed in the competition.

Her deal is with Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Cowell said there are three labels within Sony that are interested in distributing the album and a decision will be made rather promptly, quite possibly before the end of the year. Decisions about other “X Factor” contestants are likely to be made promptly as well.

“We can’t sign everyone,” Cowell said before rattling off the ones he was most keen on: the teenaged rapper Astro, along with the finalists Rene and Krajcik. “She is the priority.”

Cowell concurred with her assessment of the type of album she should make. “She’s a different kind of singer so you don’t want to be what’s going on already — there’s a lot of dance (music) at the moment. A lot of people who voted for her want a different kind of record and we have to do her justice. Fortunately a lot of good producers want to work with her.”

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