Melanie Amaro: How I Plan to Spend My $5 Million X Factor Prize

Entertainment Dec. 23, 2011 AT 1:30PM
Melanie Amaro: How I Plan to Spend My $5 Million X Factor Prize Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images

On Thursday night's X Factor finale, winner Melanie Amaro, who beat out runner-up Josh Krajcik and third place finisher Chris Rene, was awarded with a $5 million recording contract and a spot in a Pepsi commercial that will air during Super Bowl XLVI.

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So what tops the 19-year-old vocal powerhouse's to-do list when it comes to spending her prize money?

"A good foot massage! These heels are killing me," Amaro laughed to Us Weekly post-show on Thursday.

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After some R&R, she plans to put some of the money toward bettering her family's quality of life. "I think I'm going to buy [my parents] a new house because the one we live in right now sucks," she said. "[The money] will change a lot that is for sure. I mean, the most I've ever had is like $200 in my account if I was lucky."

"For me to have won was big. I feel blessed and I feel happy," she added. "I have worked so hard to get here and I truly deserve this.

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Ironically, Amaro was technically eliminated from the competition when judge Simon Cowell sent her home during one of the early rounds. Realizing he had made a mistake, Cowell flew to Amaro's home and personally invited her to rejoin the competition.

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