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X Factor Season One Winner Melanie Amaro Dropped From Epic Records?

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Oh no! This makes us super sad!

X Factor’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.

The label previously tried to release three different singles — and even had her perform Long Distance on XF this season — but none of them gained any traction.

It also seems that her debut album, Truly, was supposed to drop last year but has since been given a release date of December 31st, 2013!

Not only that, but on Epic’s website, she is no longer listed on the artist roster page… and neither is her fellow XF season one alum, Astro, which can't be a good sign.

Season one’s Chris Rene and Marcus Canty, however, remain on the artist roster page, and so does season two’s girl group, Fifth Harmony.

We think it’s a total shame if Epic really did drop Melanie, seeing as she has SO much talent and such a remarkable voice! Unfortunately, it seems as though not enough support was put behind her in the long-run.

Perhaps they could've done some rebranding??

We wish Melanie the best of luck in the future, though, no matter what the outcome!

[Image via WENN.]

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Cher Lloyd Debuts New Want U Back Video…Without Astro!

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It appears Cher Lloyd is ready for global domination! Next stop:

America!

Back in January, we showed you Cher’s video for her single, Want U Back featuring Astro from X Factor USA and now, there’s a NEW video for the song!

Sounds good, right? Only one thing — the 15 year old rapper has been left OUT of the American version!

Hmm…wonder why…???

Check out the NEW video to see for yourself (above)!!!

Cher looks great and all, and of course we’ve been big fans of the song since January, but we actually

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More X-Factor Deals! Astro Signs With Epic Too!

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Despite not winning the competition at all, another contestant from the first season of the X-Factor has signed onto LA Reid's Epic record label!

That contestant is the seriously talented Astro!

Kid needs an attitude adjustment, but

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Cher Lloyd And Astro Team Up For Want U Back Music Video!

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Cher Lloyd is on the fast track for SUPERSTARDOM!

And she's bringing X Factor USA's Astro along for the ride! At least for this round!

Check out the singer's just-released music video for her new single off of Sticks + Stones, Want U Back, with the young rapper featured (above)!

We were hoping for something a little more high-energy from him, but you can't deny his talent!

And Cher is PERFECTION, as always!

LOVE!

What do U think?? Are U feeling this new version of the song?

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Simon Says: Three More X Factor U.S. Contestants Will Get Sony Record Deals

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Looks like X Factor US winner Melanie Amaro will be getting some company at Sony Music!

Simon Cowell confirmed that Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Astro will get their own deals in 2012.

Sony Music has a nice thing going with Simon through Sony's co-owned Syco Music. It will be Syco Music that will promote, record, and market anyone that Simon signs, including these three dudes. Indeed, even though Melanie is Simon's priority, he explained to sources that he would "mad" to let the three male contestants go.

As we previously reported, Astro has already hooked up with X Factor UK's Cher Lloyd on one of her tracks and Rene's Young Home will reportedly drop in January 2012. But what's next for these bright stars? Will any other contestants join them?

Who do U want to see from X Factor US make it big?

P.S. - Just as a refresher, check out performances from all four incredible X Factor artists AFTER THE JUMP!

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Cher Lloyd's New Single To Feature X Factor's Astro!

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Looks like L.A. Reid is really backing his X Factor talent!

The reality competition judge recently signed UK contestant Cher Lloyd to his US label, Epic Records, and apparently wants her to hit the ground running, as he's added his very own Astro to her next single, Want U Back!

Ch-ch-check out the brand new cover art (above)!

Nice! We certainly think the rapper has talent, and would fit flawlessly into gurl's aesthetic!

We just hope he can keep that ego of his in check! We want all the best for him!

What do U think?? Are U excited to hear the new version??

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Astro Gabs With Wendy Williams

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So Astro got voted off X Factor, but he's still workin' the talk show unit!

Wendy Williams had him on to talk about his "talented but arrogant" run on the show, and he explained everything…well, almost everything.

But we're pretty sure we know what he's talking about when he refers to the "incident" he felt he was being punished for.

Watch and see what he says for URself! Presss play!

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