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The winner of X Factor USA is crowned

Melanie Amaro has been crowned the winner of X Factor USA. 

The two-hour finale aired last night, December 22, in America and saw the talented vocalist triumph over the other two finalists, Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik, to emerge the winner of a lucrative $5 million recording contract. 

Before the all-important announcement, the top three all sang a festive number and were individually treated to video messages from their families and friends. Singer Krajcik was gracious about losing to Amaro, and told host Steve Jones: "I feel amazing. Melanie deserves it, she has a wonderful voice. I have had such an incredible experience here."

19-year-old Amaro was so shocked to discover that she had won that she found it difficult to explain how she felt and could only manage "thank you so much" and "oh my god" when asked what the success meant to her. 




Check out her stunning performance of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' below: