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Elton John, Fort Lauderdale's Melanie Amauro Star in Pepsi Superbowl Ad

Superbowl Sunday is in a few days, and we're getting ready for the spectacle.  We've got the snacks, the beer... and the Pepsi! Pepsi? Hey -- if it's good enough for Sir Elton John, that's what we're drinking too.

One of the commercials scheduled to air on Sunday stars the iconic singer/songwriter/snazzy dresser. In the spot, King Elton is having a contest to see who can amuse him the most. After a horrible rendition of "Hot in Here" by a court jester, Melanie Amauro blows the kingdom away when she sings "Respect."

Amauro, a Fort Lauderdale native who was raised in Tortola, auditioned for The X Factor USA in Coral Gables. She won a spot on the television competition and eventually took home the grand prize -- a $5 million recording contract.

We're looking forward to watching a hometown girl make good on Sunday. In the meantime, here's a little "making of" video, after the jump:




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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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