The X Factor Finals Review: I Believe She Can Fly

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It was once again time to face the music, as Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Melanie Amaro battled to become the first winner of The X Factor in the United States.

Apparently Simon Cowell didn't know that this was the first season of the show because he claimed that it was going to "be the closest finale we've ever had" before any of the performances started. Yeah, of course. It's the only finale you've ever had.

Let's take a look at what happened in round one of performances, which unfortunately for two of the finalists, paired each contestant with a famous recording artist for a duet.

Josh Krajcik and Alanis Morissette

Josh Krajcik "Uninvited" - He was boring me to death, and then Alanis Morissette came on and showed him up. Their voices sounded even worse together. When Josh had his own little moment again, he seemed to just be mumbling through the whole thing.
My Score: 4/10

Chris Rene "Complicated" - His lower register didn't sound very good at all, but his upper moments actually sounded good. Here comes Avril Lavigne, and of course she overpowered him when they sang together. His rap-esque verse was not one of his better efforts. These duets are hurting everyone.
My Score: 5/10

Melanie Amaro "I Believe I Can Fly" - She completely outdid the first two with this performance. This song was a good pick for her, as evidenced by the fact that it was her second R. Kelly song of the year. And unlike the first two performances of the night, she meshed well with her famous singer. R. Kelly definitely brought the best out in Melanie, as she showed a lot more emotion in the second half than in the first.
My Score: 9/10

Melanie Amaro and R. Kelly

Before Josh Krajcik started round two, we got a performance from the Cirque du Soleil cast of "Immortal."  It just looked like a bunch of Robocops dancing to MJ. Then, our finalists came out and sang "They don't care about us" about fifty times in a row. Rene definitely was digging it, Josh Krajcik looked completely uncomfortable. That performance was probably the worst thing I've seen in my entire life.
My Score: 0/10

Josh Krajcik "At Last" - It's incredible what Josh can do when he doesn't have to sing a song by one of the handful of artists that The X Factor could get to come out here to do a duet on this Wednesday night. He sounded great in this performance, and he did a good job of making the song his own. Adding the guitar was a nice choice, but having crazy eyes throughout didn't help him.
My Score: 8/10

Chris Rene "Homie Whatcha Trippin' On" - I fell in love with Chris when he did this original song at his audition, but this is now the third time he's performed it. It was great once again, as the song is so catchy and could be a hit right now, but he gets points taken away for taking the originality out of doing an original song. I worry about him because the other times that he has done original stuff, it hasn't been nearly as good as "Homie." Again, this was great, and probably his best version of the song, but come on.
My Score: 8/10

Melanie Amaro "Listen" - With this performance, Melanie proved once again that she is the best singer out of this group. She has a powerful voice, and she didn't miss a note in this one.  It wasn't her best performance of the season, but her consistency is stellar. This was the same song she performed in her audition, but it's been a long time since then so I don't have as much of an issue.
My Score: 8/10

Whether Simon knows what season of The X Factor this is or not, I think he was correct about this being a close call. I wouldn't be surprised by any of these three winning tomorrow night, but I think Melanie deserves it based on consistent success throughout the season.  

What about all you TV Fanatics? Who do you think was the best tonight? Who do you think will be the winner at tomorrow night's live results? And which contestant do you think deserves to win?


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Chris, Melanie and Josh all have the ability to go on and become artist. The fact that Chris can write music, sings, (needs some lessons) and performs needs to be paid attention to. Any one who sings can copy other peoples songs, but, to create one of your own, most can't. I believe that Chris with the help of the 5 mil contract can and will become greater and be an inspiration to others.


Apart from my belief that Melanie has always been the strongest and most consistent, a Five Million Dollar contract needs to go to the best artist who can transcend generations. I'm of retirement age and my era of teen music was the Beatles, the Stones, the Beachboys, the Four Seasons, and lots of Motown. I wouldn't spend $$ for anything by Chris Rene or even Josh Krajcick (although I find him reminiscent of Joe Cocker but still wouldn't be able to handle him on a full CD). When you really stop to think about it, voters are not necessarily buyers. The show and Sony may have to deal with making it work if it turns out to be a sentimental popularity vote rather than an objective choice for the one who's truly the best as well as the most marketable from a multi-generational point of view. I did vote for Melanie and hope that I was in the majority.


Still don't know why log in with Facebook IS NOT WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyways, I agree that this is going to be a close call. I also agree that Chris Rene is the sympathy story and is probably getting a lot of sympathy votes. He has the energy, but his "yeah"'s and "uh uh"'s are getting quite boring.........He is my pick to come in third. Josh, he does seem the most genuine, however, during the MJ performance he did look VERY uncomfortable. I think he did an awesome job last night with "At Last" and really did make it his own. Which really should be what this competition is about. Josh finishes second. Melanie, she is my pick to win.........she has been consistent through out the competition. She has a powerful voice. Indeed Simon got a little confused last night with all the excitement of the finale and didn't seem to remember this was the first and only season(so far) of the XFactor USA. I also agree the judges were a little over the top with their comments on the performances. I, by no means, think we have seen the last of either of these finalists. I think they all will end up with a record deal of some kind.


I singers I think it's going to be between Josh and Melanie.don't know but to me Chris Rene always sound off key and he is always being drowned out by other


Also, I thought the judges overpraised the contestants tonight on their performances.


I want Josh to win because he seems the most genuine. And if I had to buy any of their albums, I'd buy his. I didn't think anyone of them knocked it out of the park last night. I can see it being between Josh and Melanie. My favorite duet was Melanie and R Kelly because R Kelly is awesome (even though a total perv). My favorite 2nd performance was Josh. I just don't get into those showy ballads where they pretend to be Whitney or Mariah. I find it boring.


I hope Melanie wins because I fell in love with her off of "Listen" when she did that in her auditions, I wouldn't be mad if Josh won because he sounded great tonight. Chris had no business being up there tonight, he's the sympathy story and it showed tonight because Josh and Melanie killed tonight, so big hopes to the both of them.


Ok everyone loves Chris Rene's story but really if you just paid $50 bucks for a concert ticket and Chris came out and sang like he did tonight

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