The first season of the U.S. X Factor was full of surprises and suspense. Melanie Amaro, a young girl from the Virgin Islands was originally not chosen for the competition but, after a change of heart, Simon Cowell reversed his decision and brought the shy girl with the big voice back. In the end, it was Melanie who took home the $5 million prize and a record deal. In the few months since her big win, she has been getting her debut album ready, appeared with Elton John in one of the most talked about Super Bowl commercials of the year and had her cover of “Respect” climb all the way to #3 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Out caught up with this rising star as she prepared to take the stage again at the White Party in Palm Springs.
The lesson for me is that, when you hide yourself for a very long time, you get used to hiding yourself and you hide yourself all the time. The lesson for me is that, ever since I was younger I used to hide my accent to hide the real me. I got so used to hiding that it became natural. The lesson I’ve learned: if you don’t hide from the very beginning, you won’t have to reveal anything in the future.
I was bullied in school. But now, the bullies that were bullying me are looking at me and thinking, “Oh that’s the person I used to bully.” I had to work to be the bigger person. You can talk and say all kinds of bad things until you’re blue in the face, but it’s all about what I believe.
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Posted By: Avoided |
6/10/13 2:51 PM
I remember that show when Simon came to her house to ask her back on the show. That girl can sing
Posted By: Life4fish |
6/11/13 10:18 AM
You can do anything when you have such a loving family and strong support system at home