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The X Factor – It’s the Finals baby!

The final three gave it their all (or at least what they could) in pursuit of winning the five million dollar prize on the finals of The X Factor tonight. So, who do you think won? Only the votes will tell us now. And goodness knows the results may not be what's expected.

- Season 1, Episode 25 - " LIVE Season Finale, Part 1 of 2 "

As usual, there was no shortage of drama during the finals of the first season of Fox’s The X Factor. There were smoke and mirrors, background singers and special guests. And of course, to open the whole thing the “must have” of host Steve Jones screaming and demanding our excitement to the scary and majestic strains of “Carmina Burana.”  The judges appeared in all their (ahem) glory, the three finalists looked ready to puke, and we were all set to go! (By the way. What in the holy living hell was Nicole wearing? That had to be the ugliest dress I’ve ever seen! It was obviously part Lady Gaga and part what? Rooster?)

But if you’ve been playing along with me these last few months, (and by that I mean either you’ve had a chronic low grade fever or we need to meet) you know I was snuggled up with my Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and libation of choice, and I was primed and ready! My. That was a long sentence. I just wanted to put you “right there with me” though.  Give us a break!

So! The first go round we all kinda got the point after Josh’s performance that we’d be seeing some duets between the contestants and a famous counterpart. Let me jaw about those individually …

Josh Krajcik and Alanis Morissette: I have so missed Alanis! She was my go to angry girl back in the day when I hated a boy and wanted him dead.  It was fabulous to see her again, and I must admit I’m looking forward to her next album release this summer. (Even if I’m not the jaded character I used to be? I’m wondering is she still is.)

Josh and Alanis looked as if they were having a ball, and the song was haunting and smirkily done. I really loved it. Yes, Simon was right in saying Josh was nervous at the beginning. He had a right to be, after all. He was first up and had to introduce the premiere “surprise guest” of the evening.  It certainly was not an eight out of ten though! That got me to wondering if Simon was intentionally manipulating the home viewer by casting aspersions on Josh to put votes toward his girl Melanie. (Huh. Maybe I am the jaded creature I used to be!)

Chris Rene and Avril Lavigne: Yikes! What a total mess. Chris was way off key before he brought her on for the duet. And together? They were off key. Avril seemed reluctant to hit the signature notes until the very end of the song, and Chris’ voice just sounded like crap trying to meld with hers. Sorry. It’s true. Nicole and Pauler gently pointed out imperfections. And again, Simon attempted to sway the voting away from Josh and Melanie’s way by saying it “could be a record.” Huh? I mean really Simon. Were you out having a “mental cigarette” during this performance? Geez.

Melanie Amaro and R. Kelly: Despite the judges referring to “I Believe I Can Fly” as iconic and inspirational, I have always loathed the tune. So I was predisposed to not liking this duet from the opening notes. The rendition mostly featured R. Kelly and lost Melanie. Oh. Except I guess if we scream “woah woahs” and “yeah yeahs” at each other while the choir sings backup then we’re actually singing together! Who knew?

And, I know this is mean, but I was distracted by Melanie’s “gown.” It had kind of a see through-ish deal going on right at the “crotchal area” that was most unfortunate. But, I guess that’s neither here nor there.

As far as the second songs? The “five million dollar sing for your life songs?”

Melanie’s choice of “Listen” from Dreamgirls was completely predictable but awesome in it’s grandesse. She and Simon have been smart in sticking to either Jennifer, Beyonce, Mariah or Celine type choices. That’s who she is.

Chis made me go “Meh,” with yet another rap somesuch.

And Josh took a great chance by going acoustic.

You’ll see I didn’t go into much detail about those on purpose. They each performed a “them song,” which we’ve seen over and over and over and over and … what? Oh sorry. I just got carried away by the repetition of these contestant’s repetitions.

I do believe I’m ready for this season of The X Factor to be history. I love Josh. He’s the only one that I’d consider listening to in “real life.” I called him out long ago as my pick. I wouldn’t dare leave him now. The only thing I worry about is the intense fan support that Chris has for being so darn strong in his convictions and so freaking likeable. In which case, we’ll see a finale on Thursday night that will crown a winner who is not by far the best singer or entertainer.

But a top vote getter.



Photo Credit: Fox

6 Responses to “The X Factor – It’s the Finals baby!”

December 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

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You know why “our beloved host” Steve Jones was “… screaming and demanding our excitement” … ??? Because the freakin’ soundman on the show last night was deaf. Half the time you couldn’t hear what Steve was squawking about. But let’s go one step further and point the blame at someone who really deserves it: The Director. Cripes, cripes and cripes! Was he out of the booth sampling eggnog instead of directing the show … ?!?

Round 1: Josh was star-struck … I couldn’t hear Chris to save my life (no loss there, truth be told … but I’m still glaring at The X Factor director *glares*) … Melanie was overshadowed.

Round 2: Josh was better … still didn’t get anything from Chris (but that “Homie” song is a winner for him) … and I’ll admit Melanie was best of the night. The fact she was in the enviable final spot of the evening is a huge bonus for her.

Bottom Line: Are any of the contestants worth $5 million? No. None of them are. I’m still pulling for Josh and believe he will win it as I’ve said all along … Melanie might take it (and that wouldn’t be surprise … and Chris could get huge sympathy votes. Regardless, it will be fun muddling through the two hours of drama later this evening.

December 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I didn’t like Josh’s song with Alanis but than again I wasn’t a fan of hers. Josh was definitely nervous. I liked his 2nd song but he had some very strange facial expressions. Still he is my fav too!

Chris and Avril’s song was AWFUL! and the judges were definitely playing up on his sad story. I told my son that if he wins, it’s going to be because of that. I didn’t like his 2nd song either.

Melanie has a fabulous voice but she sings the same thing every week and that is totally boring to me. Also, she turned me off with the accent, no accent thing.

Basically, the judges took the whole night to sway the votes to Chris and Melanie. I don’t think Josh has much of a chance unfortunately. That is one thing I hate about these shows. Of course, the only time it worked against Simon was when Taylor Hicks had so many supporters so, hopefully Josh will be the same.

December 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Kind of a boring finale, but Melanie and Josh did well. I didn’t like the duets that much. Of the three I preferred Melanie’s – mainly because I DO enjoy that song; “I Believe I Can Fly” is inextricably linked in my mind to Space Jam and the return of Michael Jordan to the Bulls (woohoo!).

In the second round, Josh was fantastic without any bells and whistles to distract from his performance, Chris was his likable self, and Melanie killed on “Listen.” They all did well, but there were no surprises or WOWs. I honestly have no idea who will win this thing. I suppose Josh or Melanie “deserves” it.

If this was a singing competition, then Chris Rene should not even be there, but this is call the “X Factor” because it’s about that other element (charisma? “the right stuff”?) that separates stars from performers. Chris has that element, while Josh and Melanie have greater vocal talent. So from that perspective, any of them would be worthy winners.

December 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Apparently we all saw the same show. I would have been more satisfied with just the second half of the show, because what I hoped to see was each of them doing a really good representative song of their best. I think we saw that.

Josh should win. I think we all know that.

Melanie has a tremendous voice, and should get some seasoning to bring the rest of the package up to the level of her voice.

Chris Rene should find a great home in writing music/rap. He’s got a good modern poetic style. As nice as he appears to be, he gets votes as a symbol, not a performer.

But life isn’t about shoulds. I expect Chris=#1; Melanie=#2; and Josh=#3. It’s about the story when it comes to passionate voting, and Josh’s “story” isn’t going to bring in the teens. [Tara has been right all along. They needed to clean him up to make him LOOK like a star.]

December 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I agree with Michael….I am a Josh fan and his is probably the only music I would buy. Pretty boring for a final….maybe more excitement tonight who knows. Ready for it to be over and I must say I really am not sure I care who wins. I like Chris better than Melanie but just because I don’t like her kind of music much.

December 23, 2011 at 1:26 AM

But … but! Geez. I feel like chopped liver ova here.

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