’s season three auditions kicked off today in El Lay, but where has season one winner, Melanie Amaro, been??Unfortunately, it looks as though Mel’s been dropped from Epic Records, though no official confirmation has been made.Finishing in third place — and prompting our tuxedo-clad swirl of jet-black hair and diamond-cutting cheekbones to declare “this feels…weird” — was Chris Rene. Reid has a functioning cell left in his brain — and after declaring “I Believe I Can Fly” as “one of the most important songs written in the last 50 years,” I’m not sure he does — he’ll release “Young Homie” to radio before 2011 is over. “She deserves it,” said runner-up Josh, noting he was thrilled to have made it to second place being himself and singing what he wanted to sing.“I got to touch a lot of people’s hearts out there,” said a gracious and smiling Chris. In a hilarious turn of events, Melanie was subsequently crushed in a group hug by her friends and family (and a member of Stereo Hogzz), then subsumed by the In TENsity collective, before Steve could ask her a single interview question.
and well-pointed out two hours later.” He then defended the singer, who was a second-chance addition (a la this season's Diamond White) and his own mentee, adding that the snub “wasn't deliberate.” PHOTOS: ' X Factor' Season 2: Meet the Contestants No doubt he had plenty on his mind, what with that red carpet-Christmas extravaganza to navigate, his boys One Direction in town and the still lingering aftertaste of curious performances from the previous night (we're looking at you, Leann Rimes).The word “FINALE” — spelled out in all caps using pure molten lava — bubbled and exploded across a giant electronic screen.A lithe young woman in a red-and-white striped, fur-trimmed bathing suit writhed seductively inside an oversized snow globe. ), and a song that needed 30 percent of its lyrics censored to get it on primetime network TV without an FCC violation?"She is the priority."Cowell concurred with her assessment of the type of album she should make."She's a different kind of singer so you don't want to be what's going on already -- there's a lot of dance (music) at the moment.