Melanie Amaro may have starred in a Pepsi Super Bowl ad with Elton John after winning the first season of X Factor USA last year, but things haven’t exactly jumped off, career-wise, for the 20-year-old. Following the ad, there was months of silence. Finally, Melanie released two singles, “Don’t Fail Me Now” and “Love Me Now,” this summer to little fanfare.
After regrouping, Melanie is back with a new single, titled “Long Distance,” and performed it live for the first time on tonight’s X Factor USA results show.
Melanie has definitely come a long way since her X Factor competition days. She looked like a true diva while strutting the stage in her body-hugging black dress. But improvements have to be made to the material she’s singing. “Long Distance” doesn’t give Melanie enough room to show off her amazing vocal range (save for the fantastic note at the end). Here’s hoping Melanie gets to live up to her diva potential soon.
Watch Melanie perform on X Factor below: