Amaro still has dreams of nursing
US X Factor winner Melanie Amaro has revealed she still has dreams of becoming a nurse.
The 19-year-old was studying nursing in college before her winning the show, and although she's just signed a five million dollar deal with Epic Records and is about to start working on her debut album, she still wants to pursue nursing at some point.
Melanie said: "To be honest, I still do want to do nursing because I want to help people.
"But I think as of right now I want to pursue what I absolutely love, which is my singing first. I'll just probably take classes while I'm on the road or something. I don't know. Whatever comes my way."
Melanie won the talent competition last month on the strength of her big voice. But she said people shouldn't expect just slow, anthem-like songs on her debut.
"I'll still have the big ballads, but then I'm hoping to throw something out there that fans won't expect so they'll be like, 'Oh my God, there's like different stages of her or different like genres that she can do.'
"So I can do lots of different types of genres of music and I wasn't able to show that a lot on the show, but I'll hopefully be able to do that on the album."
She'll be working on her album with X Factor judge LA Reid, and while Simon Cowell was her official mentor on the show, she said Reid always gave her confidence.
"[He said] trust my voice. ... He always told me like, 'Girl, you can sing. You can sing. You really can sing.' He was like, 'I believe in you.'
"Just to hear words like that from L.A. Reid... that's really big for me, you know."