"Don't Fail Me Now" Is A Total Failure

Melanie Amaro needs help and fast! Her debut single, "Don't Fail Me Now," has critics shocked. Take a listen and tell us what you think.

Listen to Melanie Amaro's first song, The X-Factor winner Melanie Amaro just released her first single, "Don't Fail Me Now." The track comes eight months after she won Simon Cowell's version of his highly successful X-Factor show from the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the verdict is in: Amaro's song is a total dud.

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"Don't Fail Me Now" is auto-tuned, which is a shame because Melanie Amaro has pipes. Her time on The X-Factor led to countless comparisons to Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Amaro even covered many of those icons' legendary songs -- usually to standing ovations. The worst complaint Melanie received on the show was that she was a little boring. "Don't Fail Me Now" isn't boring -- it's just straight up awful.

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With a recording contract worth $5 million and access to the best producers, how did "Don't Fail Me Now" even make it out of the studio? I was shocked to learn Livi Franc, who has worked with Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson, wrote the song and major producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins produced it. What happened?

The song has potential. It seems like a perfectly good song in its first 10 seconds. The lyrics aren't that bad. Yet, it seems to stifle the very best of Amaro. It limits her ability to shine. Even worse, "Don't Fail Me Now" can't decide if it's a dance track or a ballad. I'm confused just listening to it -- about one minute into the song the beat begins to rise as if it's a club song, but at its peak it stops and brings in soft piano music. Huh? That's the problem with "Don't Fail Me Now" -- it's not Amaro's voice that's troublesome, it's the production of the song.

The Los Angeles TImes seems to agree. Music critic Gerrick D. Kennedy writes, "More puzzling is this need to push Amaro into dance territory, which is currently overcrowded by almost every pop/R&B diva. It was never in her wheelhouse, something her team should have realized…"

"Don't Fail Me Now" will likely be a forgotten single and disappear from radio airwaves as soon as it shows up this week. The cheesy single doesn't suit Melanie Amaro with her powerhouse voice and classic style.

Listen to Melanie Amaro debut single "Don't Fail Me Now" below. Do you think it's a good choice?

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Comments on "Melanie Amaro and her team choke with "Don't Fail Me Now""

Sharon October 31, 2012 | 8:35 PM

The song is well written and the singer is above excellant. I'd like to hear her critics who say the song is not showing her voice range and talent hit the notes she hits in this song. This woman can sing the phone book and make it sound excellant.

KC August 16, 2012 | 11:01 AM

It's not her style. It truly does not showcase the voice we heard on X-Factor. It's not as bad as they are saying.

runie August 05, 2012 | 7:53 AM

I don't like the tone of her voice. What happened to her Latino fake accent.She can carry a tune but her tone has a monotony to it. She does not have the natural ability to make her voice lilt and lull at the right moments. She has no stage presence, not very attractive, her persona seems egotistical.Mariah Carey would take a beating to her career if she did a song with this want a be. Sorry, but this is my true opinion based on 72 years of listening to all kinds of music.

suzi August 02, 2012 | 10:34 AM

I actually really like the song !!! but agree she has been cheated by whomever is in charge of her music. She is not POP in my eyes or ears - she has an amazing amazing voice and even though we all say "please no more ballads" that is exactly what we were all expecting. The dance arena is not where I think Melanie should be headed. I surely hope they open their eyes and ears @ EPIC RECORDS!!! I dont understand ether why we cant BUY the song unless I've missed something....She has fans from all over the world who followed her on X factor - they are waiting to buy!

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