x factor final three 'The X Factor': Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik or Chris Rene, who won it all?“The X Factor” crowned its first winner Thursday night (Dec. 22), in a finale that came down to boy-category member Chris Rene, girl-category member Melanie Amaro and over-30-category member Josh Krajcik. So who won the $5 million prize?

Melanie Amaro, which is at the same time a surprise and not. On the one hand, Melanie had one of the best initial auditions (if not the best) we’ve ever seen. She has also been really strong week in and week out on the show.

On the other hand, there hasn’t been a female winner of “American Idol” since Jordin Sparks in Season 6, which was four and a half years ago. We weren’t honestly sure a girl could win one of these singing competition shows anymore, regardless of how talented she is. But Melanie has proven us wrong.

How do you feel, “X Factor” fans? Did the right person win the competition?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."