melanie amaro 2 fox 'The X Factor' winner Melanie Amaro signs with Epic RecordsJust weeks after winning the $5 million top prize on “The X Factor,” Melanie Amaro has more good news to report. The 19-year-old just signed a recording contract with Epic Records.

Amaro will sing on the label run by someone she already knows, L.A. Reid, who served as a judge on the singing competition.

In a statement, Reid says of signing Amaro, “I joined ‘The X Factor’ to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie. I am pleased that she is now signed to Epic Records because I believe we have only scratched the surface on uncovering her talent and her inevitable journey to super-stardom.”

Amaro, who will soon be starring in a Pepsi commercial during the Super Bowl, says of her deal, “I am so excited to start recording my debut album for Epic under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell. This is a dream come true for me.”

During “The X Factor” finale, Cowell said three labels within Sony wanted to sign Amaro. But it appears Reid had the inside track. And Reid certainly knows what he’s doing having worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Toni Braxton among many others.

Posted by:David Eckstein