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Time to read between the lines, 'X Factor' fans. Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro has seen her debut, 'Truly,' shelved yet again. It was supposed to be released shortly after her Dec. 2011 victory, but was pushed to late 2012 and then to March 2013. Now, her label has said there is "no scheduled release date" for the singer's debut. That's not a good sign. The album may never see the light of day.
A new, minute-long 'X Factor' promo has landed, featuring new judge Britney Spears gushing about a contestant. If you pay attention, you'll notice that it's set to 'Don't Fail Me Now,' the new single from Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro. The song factors prominently in the spot, paired with the uplifting, dream-come-true footage of the judges complimenting and pushing through the top tier of talent during the audition phases.
Melanie Amaro took home the title of the first season of 'X Factor' here in the states, but we haven't heard too much from her since. Her powerhouse voice took a backseat to some heavy duty production in her first singles, 'Respect' and 'Don't Fail Me Now,' but on 'Love Me Now,' a new track released last night (Aug. 16), Amaro is back in the spotlight.
Melanie Amaro wisely chose to take her time putting together a debut album instead of rushing out new music immediately after winning Season 1 of 'X Factor' — and its $5 million Epic Records contract — last December. Unfortunately, her first offering, 'Don't Fail Me Now,' offers a rather bland dance-pop arrangement that doesn't flaunt her winning voice effectively.
Part of Melanie Amaro's prize loot for winning 'X Factor' was the chance to star in her very own Pepsi commercial. It aired during the first quarter of the Super Bowl tonight (Feb. 5) and featured Elton John holding court, in all his regal glory, with a crown, a king's garb and platform boots. Amaro was a court wench amidst court jesters.