Melanie Amaro takes over ‘The X Factor’

How did Melanie do?

At the end of “The X Factor” Wednesday night, Melanie Amaro got the coveted end spot in order to shine — and boy, did she ever do so.

With a performance of “Earth Song,” Melanie proved yet again that you don’t need extra frills in order to have a good performance — it was fantastic, and was one of the few of the night that was universally praised by the judges (who also had to thank the Jackson family for being in attendance at about every turn).

Then again, the performance also brought to mind Haley Reinhart’s performance of the same song on “American Idol” — one that Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson had very little positive to say as a response. (J. Lo had even suggested at that point that it was a song choice that would not get her any votes.)

Do you think Melanie won herself plenty more fans with this performance?

Photo: Fox

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