This week’s X Factor results episode was brought to you by Sony X Headphones. As if the Pepsi sponsorship wasn’t in your face enough, Simon Cowell is now pimping out Sony products. He even
forced asked the Top 6 to praise the superior quality of the headphones which apparently he had a hand in their development evolution. Yay, right. That said, they do look pretty sexy and I want a pair. Simon, I expect my pair in the mail before Christmas.
On deck as filler for the episode were reigning X Factor champion Melanie Amaro and trash-pop innovator Ke$ha. I have to give Amaro credit. She really sold “Long Distance” with her live performance. I enjoyed it much more this time than the first time I heard it. Girlfriend was working that long side blond pony like her rent was due. To be honest, it is due. Melanie needs a hit stat. Otherwise, she might find herself back in Sunrise, Florida working on that island accent of hers *wink*.
Ke$ha performed “C’mon” from her Warrior album. Accompanying her were a quartet of crop-wearing male dancers wearing tiger heads. God love Ke$ha. Personally, I like “Die Young” better, but I’m sure “C’mon” will grow on me as with many of her songs. Note to production: They might want to check the pedestal Ke$ha was performing on for STDs. Girl was writhing on it like nobody’s business. I’m sure a drop or two of her juices leaked out. LOL. As expected, glittered confetti came fluttering down midway through her number. Without further ado, let’s get to the eliminations.
Tonight, Melanie Amaro returns to the stage where it all began. The 20-year-old singer heads to The X Factor for a homecoming to perform her latest single, “Long Distance.” The track is officially the third single from her forthcoming debut album, Truly which has been pushed back to early 2013.
With a superstar roster of producers like Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Beyonce, Lady Gaga), Tricky Stewart (Rihanna, Christina Aguilera), Bleu McAuley (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez) and Kuk Harrell (Britney Spears, Usher) brought on, I hope the album tracks have more ‘hit’ potential than any of Melanie’s previously released tracks.
“So much has changed since I won X Factor,” Melanie says. “I’ve been able to spend every waking moment pursuing my career as an artist, and I’m recording in a real studio with incredibly talented writers and producers. I’m as excited about being on the show as I was when I first auditioned, and I’m as devoted to music as I’ve ever been.”
Will “Long Distance” be the breakout hit, she and Simon Cowell are so desperately looking for? Probably not. If “Don’t Fail Me Now” (Which I love BTW) couldn’t resonate with consumers, I highly doubt this one will. But don’t take my word for it, check it out below.
X Factor winner Melanie Amaro has seemed to have a tough go at the music industry. Regardless of winning that multi-million dollar contract, we’ve barely heard a peep from the vocalist. She starred in a Pepsi commercial alongside Elton John for the Super Bowl which featured her debut single, Respect which failed to chart. Now, she’s taking a stab at her first original solo single with Don’t Fail Me Now.
The dance/pop track features great, but generic vocals from Amaro. The music video was directed by Benny Boom who’s shot clips for a ton of successful R&B and hip hop artists. “When I first heard the song, I knew I wanted the video to have movement to it and be a journey,” Benny said. “I thought of a clever way of taking her on this journey by using a rear-screen projector. She’s no longer the ‘X Factor’ contestant, she is the winner, and I wanted to make sure that we made a video that showed that.”
Unfortunately, Melanie Amaro is becoming an example of the fact that money can’t buy you everything – including a music career. While the video has a lot going on visually, it truly fails to impress and really doesn’t help this chanteuse stand out from other ladies out there who are killing the game. Watch the debut clip below and tell us what you think? Does Melanie Amaro have staying power or is she going to wash away like the Ruben Studdards’, Taylor Hicks’ and other talent show winners?
When I first heard “Don’t Fail Me Know“, I didn’t instantly fall in love with it. After hearing it multiple times during those X Factor Season 2 promos, it grew on me. Given that Melanie Amaro is the first winner from the FOX reality series, it only makes sense they pimp out her music. In the end, the more successful she is, the more credibility the show gets. The Voice still hasn’t produced a bonafide star yet, and it’s going into its third season. If X Factor cranks out a superstar, those swivel chairs on NBC will fade into obscurity.
Written by Livvi Franc (Britney Spears, Michael Jackson) and produced by super producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Lady Gaga, Spice Girls, Brandy), the song represents Amaro’s arduous journey to stardom. With the track receiving a few dance remixes, the lyrics come off even more anthemic now with pulsating club beats accompanying them.
“I’ve paid my dues, I’ve paid the price, I’ve prayed for you almost every night.” She pleads, “I’ve walked the longest road so don’t fail me now, feet don’t fail me now.”
The new remixes by PaperCha$er, Flexican, Ferry Corsten and Sexy Ray Vision, will definitely give the track a solid run at the clubs this coming Fall. Melanie is definitely a dance diva-in-training. My personal favorite of the four is the Sexy Ray Vision one. The single will be available for download on iTunes on September 11, the day before the second season of X Factor airs on FOX. Check out all the remixes below.
It felt like it had been forever since hearing anything out of Melanie Amaro post “Respect” cover. She finally debuted a new single, “Don’t Fail Me Now,” just a few short weeks ago. After medium responses from fans and critics (including myself,) it makes me wonder if that was the reason behind Melanie’s secondary release of a new track titled, “Love Me Now.” To be fair, it’s not a whole lot better.
Let’s start with the positives. Melanie’s vocals are totally on point. Her voice is pure and truthful in the telling of the track’s story. However, the song fails to reach any lift with the hook or bridge. I do love the style and production of this track much better and think it better suits Melanie’s style. So, where does the problem lie? Is it in Melanie’s actual lack of star power or is she a victim of poor song choices and mismanagement? Give a listen to “Love Me Now” below and tell us if you think Melanie still has a chance to go places. Her debut album is set for release later this year. Right now, I’m not entirely sure what type of album we are to expect.
“I’ve walked the longest road so don’t fail me now, feet don’t fail me now.
I’ve never got this close so don’t fail me now, feet dont fail me now.”
These are the lyrics that X-Factor winner Melanie Amaro sing out in the hook of her debut original single. Finally, the girl is given a chance to shine on a song of her own that isn’t an Aretha cover. I remember catching Melanie at White Party this year and being so disappointed that she didn’t get to sing a song of her own. So, will her original track debut live up to the dancefloor diva-ness of “Respect“?
Titled “Don’t Fail Me Now,” Melanie’s signature voice is showcased perfectly against the bouncy synths and drum beat of this club anthem. Produced by hit maker Darkchild and penned by Livvi Franc, Melanie is given a pretty decent shot at making a mark on the pop music scene. However, the fact that she won this massive talent competition hasn’t seemed to help her in the slightest. Many people don’t even know who she is. Hopefully with the right team behind, she’ll able to breakout of the reality competition mould and really impress us. Give a listen to her single below and tell us- strong enough to stand out or will she just blend in to the rest.
This past weekend, Tyrell and I ventured down south to take on Jeffrey Sanker’s 2012 White Party 3D in Palm Springs. It was our first time and we absolutely had a blast. With great music & performers, hot men, great venues, and beautiful weather, it was certainly a recipe for a weekend to be remembered.
We got to enjoy so many up & coming artists (which we’ve highlighted in a separate article), as well as big name artists that included Mary J. Blige, JoJo, Neon Hitch, Melanie Amaro, Nervo, Jessie and the Toy Boys, Jessica Sutta, and more. The White Carpet was hosted by the fabulous Lisa Vanderpump who was also crowned “The Queen Of White Party”.
In addition to the performers, we met so many other great people while we were there, including the sexy Rodney Santiago from The A-List New York, sexy model and Gay-Ville creator Eliad Cohen, and of course Jeffrey Sanker himself. At the Sunday T-Dance, I was caught off guard when we were all treated to a fireworks tribute to Whitney Houston, timed to her greatest hits. It was so well done and definitely gave me chills – I even shed a tear. We made a video of our experience and have also included our photos below. Hope you enjoy!
Even though it’s now spring, where I am it’s definitely not shorts weather, let alone pool party weather. Luckily, there’s an
app place for that. White Party 2012 in Palm Springs, California is just around the corner, taking place from April 6-9. Hot boys, hot weather, and some amazing performers = a great escape from work and cold weather.
There are some big names in the list of performers for this year’s festivities. The headline performer is none other than Mary J. Blige, and others include the winner of The X Factor 2011, a former Pussycat Doll, and so many others (which I’ve listed below). Yes, will of course be one of the Real Housewives on site as well. You’ll even see some live reenactments of Andrew Christian‘s Car Wash and Pink Pool Party… as you can expect, this can get really dirty at White Party.
Check out the list of performers and why you should attend this year’s White Party below.