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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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(VIDEO) 10/25/11: THE X FACTOR USA LIVE SHOW RECAP; WHO MADE THE TOP 12?

The X Factor USA went live tonight with the judges eliminating their weakest links.  It was interesting to see if they would push some of our favorites through and send the worst-of-the-best home. They had to send five home to get to the final 12 contestants…so who went home?

The boys opened the show, with teen rapper, Brian Bradley, singing an energetic rap.  While some viewers have criticized him in the past, in my opinion, he is actually a very good rapper.  He didn’t miss a beat and remembered a lot of words.  So big props to him giving a confident and exciting performance.

Then one of the favorites, Chris Rene, hit the stage.  With everyone rooting for him and the pressure to stay clean and give a GREAT performance, he did not disappoint.  I don’t think he is the best singer in the competition, but he is very likeable and memorable, which goes a long way in this type of show.

To summarize the other contestants; sorry but Philip Lomax sucked, too cheezy.  Marcus Canty sounded better than usual, even dancing around the stage, so the mentoring definitely worked. The Stero Hogzz stepped up their game, mixing old music with rap, Paula rocked this group!  The Brewer Boys actually sounded good, but they could have cut the middle section out completely.  InTENsity gave a strong performance, but I am done with the “Glee Effect”, it is getting old. Lakoda Rayne was the final group to sing, and although they had a horrible sound check, the end result turned out to be one of the best of all the groups. Paula was an extremely good mentor and should be praised for her efforts.

On to the over thirties.  Kicking it off was Dexter, and while Nicole did him a favor by giving him a second chance, he was in way over his head.  He did the best he could but seriously, he kissed a girl and liked it, yuck!  LeRoy Bell held his own and rocked it, especially for a 60-year-old.  He gives everyone hope, and looks really good!  Too bad Simon bashed Nicole for her mentoring of him and nearly brought her to tears. One of the favorites of this group and phenomenal singer Stacy Francis, stayed consistent an blew it out the water. Wow!  Her ex was totally wrong, she missed her calling, maybe she can get it back.  Josh Krajcik continued to amaze with his soulful voice.  He sang as though he wanted to make sure never to sling another Burrito.  Josh is certain to make it to the finals and my top pick, giving the best performance of the night.

Finally, Simon made sure to put his girls last.  He knows the last singers are remembered most by viewers, and we know he likes to win. Simone Battle, who is my least favorite, did what she does best, looked cute and sounded terrible. She stirred up the judges even causing L.A. Reid to check Simon; “You must be really rich because 5 million dollars must not really mean much to you” what a blow!  Rachel Crow was just mediocre, and was also probably in too deep.  Drew Ryniewicz had not had a “moment” like her first rendition of “Baby” early on, but she did shine tonight. Her sound is very unique and she should make it far.  Tiah Tolliver, who has caused a feud with the judges from the beginning, once again did not wow me either.  Simon needs to get over it and realize he is fighting too hard.  She is just not as great as he thinks and he is fighting a losing battle. Melanie Amaro, almost missed this opportunity, when Simon picked Simone instead.  But good thing he got smart and brought her back, although she seemed to have a few pitch problems, she was still amazing!

In the end, the top 12 selected were no really big surprises with the following NOT moving on to the next round.  For the boys, Phillip got the boot, this was just not his night. The groups ended up being the toughest, since they all did well, but surprisingly enough, The Brewer Boys did not make it.  The over thirties was a no brainer with Dexter going home. And finally for the girls, Simon thankfully sent Simone Battle home. But she should have left with Rachel Crow.  However, he finally sent his girl Tiah home when he came to his senses.

The prize is incredible…winning a 5 million dollar recording contract should cause voter’s to pick the very best.  If a mediocre singer wins all that money, it will anger a lot of viewers including me.

Seriously, when will SIMON CALL ME!  I have waited by the phone for a month.  Although my video was voted “Worst X Factor Video of The Year!”

Simon leave Nicole alone or I will have to come and set you straight!  Maybe you need to watch this video, the boxing gloves were out tonight!  Let the FEUD begin!

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT, THE X FACTOR BLOGS

 

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