December 23rd, 2011
09:53 AM ET
The first season of Simon Cowell's stateside "X Factor" wrapped on Thursday, and while we have a recap on the way, we wanted to offer a peek at our chat with last night's winner.
We won't tell you who it is before the jump in case some of you are spoiler-sensitive, but the contestant who landed the $5 million recording contract offered advice for those who had similar dreams.
So out of the three finalists, Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik, the winner was...
Melanie Amaro! While it's likely a lot of you aren't surprised, Melanie certainly was.
“To be here in this position right now feels amazing," she told CNN Thursday. "It still hasn’t really hit me…I feel like I’m in a dream.”
A dream, perhaps, but one that she was able to see come true. The 19-year-old Floridian advised all those who have similar ambitions to not lose sight of their goals.
“Anyone that doesn’t believe in themselves," she said, "I need you to stand up and look in the mirror and say to yourself, 'If she can do it. I can do it.' I was at an all time low and now I’m at an all time high!"
What do you think of the "X Factor's" big finish?
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