'X Factor': Simon Cowell on Melanie Amaro's future and other comments from the red carpet


After all the excitement, suspense and music of "The X Factor," there could only be one winner. And it was 19-year-old Melanie Amaro who took home the $5 million prize. The finale was very much a celebration of how far everyone had come since the singing competition began many months ago. Following the show, the contestants and mentors took a moment to talk about what they've learned and what their future holds now that the season is over. Here's the best of what they had to say...Simon Cowell on the moment he brought Melanie Amaro back to the competition: "It was like a marriage proposal. I said to her, 'I've made a mistake, I admit it. I'm going to give you a second chance.' And I stood there like a lemon for 30 seconds while she stared at me. And then quietly [she] said, 'Yes. I'll do it.'...All I can say is I royally screwed...



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