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FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2011 file photo released by FOX, Chris Rene performs on the singing competition series, "The X Factor," in Los Angeles, where contestants sang songs by Michael Jackson for a tribute to the late King of Pop.

LOS ANGELES — Melanie Amaro has "The X Factor."

The powerful 19-year-old vocalist from Sunrise, Fla., won the Fox talent competition Thursday over soulful 30-year-old singer Josh Krajcik of Wooster, Ohio.

Amaro, who was mentored by judge Simon Cowell, was awarded the show's grand prize: a $5 million recording contract and a starring role in a Pepsi commercial.

Chris Rene, the 28-year-old singer-rapper of Santa Cruz, Calif., came in third place.