Have you wondered what X Factor winner, Melanie Amaro, has been up to these days? Were you surprised Simon Cowell wasn’t showing off his Season 1 winner at yesterday’s FOX upfronts where he announced the addition of Demi Lovato and Britney Spears?
A source tells the Hollywood Reporter that judge L.A. Reid, who is overseeing her album launch, has her squirreled away…until she loses some weight.
So why has Amaro been so out of view? According to a source, the 19-year-old British Virgin Islands native has been ordered to undergo a sort of pop star boot camp that involves a strict regiment of exercise and monitored nutrition. “L.A. Reid is adamant that Melanie get thinner so he’s hired a trainer for her, has her on a strict diet and checks in personally every day to see how much weight she’s lost,” says an insider, who says Amaro is also seeing an etiquette coach (an Epic representative denies the claim). “When she comes back, it will be a whole new Melanie Amaro.”
An etiquette coach? Is that to keep her from randomly busting out the island patois? Isn’t it enough that the girl can sing?
Considering the short attention spans for singing show winners–not to mention the proliferation of singing competitions means there are even more out there looking to break–keeping Melanie out of the spotlight for too long could backfire.