Nearly eight months after Melanie Amaro was crowned the inaugural winner of the U.S. version of “The X-Factor,” the powerhouse diva-in-training has issued her debut single, “Don’t Fail Me Now.”
Let’s start with the good. Amaro’s delivery -- much like her weekly performances on the competition under Simon Cowell’s tutelage -- is flawless. The not so great? Well, everything else.
The single, written by Livvi Franc (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson) and produced by urban pop heavyweight Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, is a complete misfire for a debut -- especially when listeners haven’t seen or heard Amaro since January and other finalists have already made splashes. Between the track’s generic dance groove are bland lyrics that could either be interpreted as inspirational or romantic, depending on the listener. Overall, the song lacks the personality and soul that Amaro showcased.
“I’ve paid my dues, I’ve paid the price, I’ve prayed for you almost every night,” she sings, “I’ve walked the longest road, so don’t fail me now, feet don’t fail me now.”