It’s been more than a year since Melanie Amaro won the inaugural season of X Factor and she has yet to release an album. After several delays, Epic records tells The Hollywood Reporter that the album has “no release date scheduled yet.”
The singer’s debut, Truly, was initially set to be out within months of her late 2011 win. The release date was pushed back to late 2012 and then March 2013. Now…who knows? It begs the question: Is the label shelving Melanie’s album for good?
Perhaps a string of failed singles, including her cover of “Respect”, followed by original songs “Don’t Fail Me Now,” “Love Me Now” and “Long Distance” is giving the label pause.
The big question is: Did Melanie see ANY of that 5 million dollar prize money? At one point, Simon said the prize was not attached to a record contract.
Melanie stays positive when interviewed by the press. She recently told The Sun Sentinel that she hadn’t found her sound yet.
“I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed that I continue to grow when it comes to my singles and that they continue to progress and get higher and hopefully make Billboard charts and get nominations and all that good stuff,” she said.
Meanwhile, Season 2 winner, country crooner, Tate Stevens is set to release his first single “Power of a Love Song” on March 11. His self-titled album is scheduled for April 23. Fellow season 2 contestants, Fifth Harmony and Emblem 3 are also hard at work on albums. According to THR, Fifth Harmony has already recorded 10 songs!
Melanie’s launch seemed to go wrong right out of the gate, when she literally disappeared after she won the competition. There were rumors that she was hiding away–dieting and working out in order to present a new look. She resurfaced to perform on X Factor 2–her look pretty much the same–but was not invited to perform on the finale.
There’s a story to be told here. I wonder if it will ever be revealed?