Crowned the first season's winner of "X Factor," Melanie Amaro told "Extra" the $5-million prize money -- the largest in TV history -- was "beginning to sink in!"
Amaro expressed her gratitude to executive producer and mentor Simon Cowell, and said, "He was so happy!"
"X Factor" judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul had a few rumors to set straight, starting with Paula addressing Simon's recent interview with Barbara Walters. Cowell told Walters he believes "a million percent" that Paula wants him. Abdul sarcastically declared, "I want Simon so much... just like I want canker sores, paper cuts, eye infections..."
Nicole Scherzinger, who was recently snapped with comedian Dane Cook, denied they were a couple, saying, "No, absolutely not. There's nothing."
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