Melanie Amaro has expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to compete on The X Factor USA.
The 18-year-old, who grew up in Tortolla in the British Virgin Islands and revealed her natural accent during Tuesday night's live broadcast, explained that not many big stars come from the area and she hopes to be the first.
"To be where I am, from where I'm from, here today, is a big, big thing," Amaro explained to People.
"Not lots of people come out of the Caribbean to become big stars. I'm so humbled and so gracious and so thankful to be where I am that it just came out. I could not help myself."
Amaro went on to say that she was proud of herself for finally being true to herself and her Caribbean heritage, admitting that she feels much freer on stage now.
"I would try to cover [my accent] up so that you could understand me. Some people say they have a hard time understanding me when I speak," she said.
"I feel like something has just been let go, something has been dropped off my shoulders. I don't have to worry about covering up my accent anymore. So, that's good."
Amaro was initially cut from the Judges Houses' stage of The X Factor but was brought back by mentor Simon Cowell after he realised that he made a mistake.
She has said that she will not take her second chance in the competition for granted.
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