And the winner of X Factor is …

And the winner of X Factor is …

She went from being eliminated to being the winner of X Factor 2011.

Melanie Amaro walked away with the title, the $5 million recording contract and a Pepsi commercial Thursday night. She bested fan-favorite Chris Rene and single dad Josh Krajcik.

Melanie first wowed viewers with her version of Beyonce’s “Listen” during her first audition. She then made it through several rounds before her mentor Simon Cowell personally eliminated her from the contestant. Realizing he made a mistake, Cowell made a visit to Melanie’s home in Florida and invited her back into the contestant.

She reprised her version of “Listen” during Wednesday night’s voting show and again Thursday night after she was crowned champion.

Popular singer Chris Rene was given third place honors while Josh Krajcik finished as the runner-up. So it’s safe to say we’ll probably be hearing more from them in the future as well.