Xfactor Voting USA
December 22, 2011 by staff
Xfactor Voting USA, The final three X Factor contestants promised to give the best performances of their lives on Wednesday, Part 1 of the show’s Season 1 finale. Each act sang two songs: one was a duet with a surprise musical guest and another was a tune they have each sung before.
This week’s voting determines the X Factor champion and recipient of a $5 million record deal (announced 8 ET/PT Thursday on Fox). So who is worthy of the biggest prize in reality TV history? Let’s review the final showings.
Josh Krajcik, in an eerie setting of black-and-white trees and red lighting, started singing Alanis Morissette’s Invited, and then was joined by Alanis herself. After the duo’s powerful voices harmonized, they hugged and Alanis said, “He’s a very soulful man.” L.A. agreed . “That was surreal,” he said. Paula thought Josh held his own with Alanis and stayed true to his identity, but Simon thought Josh was a bit intimidated by Alanis. Nicole defended Josh, saying the sign of a true artist is recognizing the other person you’re singing with.
Chris Rene’s first song was Avril Lavigne’s Complicated, performed in a leather jacket, a tie and with lots of green lighting. Sure enough, Avril, also in leather, joined Chris to sing her song. The two sang like old friends, with Chris breaking into an original rap. Avril said, “I think everyone should vote for him!” Nicole said that Chris sounded shaky at first, but that he had an infectious energy. Paula said, “What a wonderful, current, feel-good performance.” Simon liked when Chris rapped. “I felt your total joy and confidence,” he said. L.A. told Chris he looked “really at home with Avril.”
Melanie Amaro, in all black, sang I Believe I Can Fly and introduced R. Kelly, also in black, who dueted with her. As they belted the uplifting tune, they smiled at each other and even held hands for a moment. They seemed to connect onstage, as if they’d been singing together for years. After the performance, R. Kelly said, “There’s no doubt in my mind this girl is on her way to the moon.” L.A. said, amidst audience cheers of “Mel-a-nie,” “I felt like you got a little bit overshadowed by R. Kelly. I expect more from you.” Nicole said that Melanie did the best that she could, considering the song was out of her normal key. Paula applauded Melanie’s conviction, but said, “I wanted more emotion.” Simon said the duet was incredible. “You didn’t look like someone in a talent competition,” he said to Melanie.
At intermission, there was a performance from Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. But then – surprise! – the X Factor finalists joined the show’s dancing metal-clad soldiers onstage to sing They Don’t Really Care About Us.
Josh, reprising the hit from his X Factor audition, sang At Last by Etta James and played guitar. His gravelly voice stirred the crowd from atop an LED-lit stage. L.A. said, “You look so at home up there,” and Paula said, “You owned that stage.” Simon appreciated the risk Josh took in playing guitar for his final performance, and said he liked that the song was “all about you.” Nicole said, “Music loves you.”
Chris also sang his audition song, his original Young Homie. This time, though, Chris was guitarless, and instead was backed by over a dozen dancers and a drumbeat. He ran around the stage and hyped the audience, especially the judges. Nicole said, “You’re serving your purpose right now with that song.” Paula yelled “Vote!” and said, “You make everyone fall in love with you.” Simon told Chris, “The was your five-million-dollar song.” L.A. told Chris he loved the performance. “You poured all of yourself into that song,” he said.
Melanie performed Beyonce’s Listen, which was her audtion song . In a sparkly mermaid dress, she sang her heart out. The “Melanie, Melanie” chants returned, and L.A. said, “That was a 50-million-dollar performance.” Paula said the song was “stellar” and Nicole said, “You empowered me.” Simon said to Melanie, “You, to me, should be the winner of X Factor.”
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