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12/22/11: THE X FACTOR USA SEASON FINALE RECAP; WHO WON THE $5 MILLION PRIZE?

VIDEO RECAP OF FINAL PERFORMANCES

The X FACTOR finale was tonight and one contestant left with something big to celebrate this Christmas.  It was down to Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik hoping to go all the way.  But who sang the $5 million dollar song last night?  Was it Chris singing “Young Homie”, Josh belting out “At Last” or Melanie nailing “I Believe I Can Fly?”

The show opened with this season’s twelve finalists performing together.  Marcus Canty, Rachel Crow, Astro, The Stero Hogzz, LeRoy Bell, Drew, ITensity and other top finalists seemed excited to be back.  But it was obvious that they wished they were in the finals and were probably thinking “This should have been me!”  Unfortunately their millions and recording contracts will have to wait.

This was a finale where it was anyone’s game, which really added to the excitement of watching it unfold.  Simon Cowell made sure to create a show stopping finale by tapping into his contacts.  This included performances by singing sensation Justin Bieber, X Factor winner Leona Lewis, rap artist 50 Cent, Pit Bull and legendary singer Stevie Wonder.  One complaint with that line-up is that 50 Cent didn’t write a clean version of the rap song , I hate when they have to bleep out words…and isn’t this a kid friendly show?  But at least Astro got to perform with him.

It came down to who had the overall package because they all had something special and unique. Melanie was consistent throughout the season and has a spectacular voice.  Chris is an incredible song writer and offers exciting performances.  Josh has a soulful and unique sound and delivers authentic interpretations with every song.  But what was more important to the viewers?  Singing ability or likeability.

After the top three performed Christmas carols, probably wishing they would just get down to the votes, they  were finally able to find who was an instant millionaire.  But not before they had to drag it out a bit with performances by the guest artists and other fillers.  And of course, airing the most shocking moments of the season, including the breakdown of Rachel Crow and the temper tantrum by Astro.

In the end, although Chris was one of the favorites to win, he was the first to find out his journey had ended.  This was no real shock, because although he had millions of fans and viral videos, he was definitely not he best singer, and remember this is a singing competition.  No worries for fans of Chris…as long as he stays clean he will have a very successful ride!  Still love “Young Homie”:).

This left Melanie and Josh waiting to hear their fate.  However, to add to the drama they first had to sing a duet together.  It really allowed us to hear them side-by-side to decide who had the better voice, and it was clear they were equals.

Melanie and Josh looked as though they would pass out as Steve Jones got ready to announce the winner of the $5 million dollar recording contract.  It has been well documented throughout the competition that Simon wanted to win badly, so he also looked nervous.  It is a fact that he hates to lose so for him, so this was not an option.  Especially not to Nicole!

Well, it was always my belief that Josh would win, but with Simon as her mentor, no big surprise.  And the winner isMelanie Amaro!  Good for her, she deserves it!  But I think Simon may have had a hand in this. They also should reconsider having someone sing after they have been told they won $5 Million dollars!  She barely made it through her final performance because she was so emotional. 

On a side note, Steve Jones better watch his back.  Rachel Crow told him outright that she wants his job, but move over girl, I want it too!  I’m still waiting for Simon to call me after watching my audition video :).

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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in THE X FACTOR BLOGS

 

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