August 01, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT

It’s been a full eight months since Virgin Islands belter Melanie Amaro was crowned the inaugural winner of the U.S. version of The X-Factor.

Today, the singer, who earned a $5 million contract with Epic Records head L.A. Reid, has released her debut single online.

The track, titled “Don’t Fail Me Now,” is a bit of a mishmash, featuring a thumping club beat, soaring diva notes (some of which sound seemingly and unnecessarily Auto-Tuned), techno flourishes, and a bevvy of inspirational-slash-romantic lyrics.

All of it leaves me a little confused — is she singing about her man, or The Man Upstairs? On the bright side, I’m weirdly charmed hearing the word “feet” sung in bell-clear falsetto so many times.

Listen to the tune below:

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What do you think?

More on EW.com:

‘The X Factor’ winner on that final song, secret hand-gesture with the runner-up

Melanie Amaro talks shooting her Super Bowl ad with Elton John

‘X Factor’ runner-up Chris Rene signs record deal with Epic

Astro becomes second ‘X Factor’ contestant to sign with L.A. Reid

Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio judge Season 3.
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