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Its been a long road and tonight, during and after some stunning guest performances, including the return of former contestants, we find out who won the first season of X Factor USA. Last night the contestants performed for Americas votes, doing duets with some musical legends and then solo. Now we find out who will win the $5 million dollar recording contract. Will it Simon’s favorite Melanie Amaro? or will the unique styles of Josh or Chris make it through.
At long last we are finally at the finals of Season One of the X Factor USA. It has been a long and tiring road. We have seen some great perform and fall along the way to reveal our final three. Tonight’s performances are going to be key and we have been promised some great entertainment tonight. We finally get to put the rumors of Nicole and Steve Jones leaving the show and focus on the performers. It will definitely be a battle Royale.
Last week on X Factor USA, America (and the judges) sent home Astro and Drew. While I expected Drew to go home sooner rather than later, Astro was a complete shock. Given what happened last week, I expect Astro fans to vote just to keep him in the competition. Unfortunately for him that didn’t really pan out. Tonight we have the top five performing two tracks each. The first of which will be a dance track. Given the way last week went, it seems the artist playing the popularity card can definitely make it through to the top 3 at least.
Last night the top seven contestants performed songs from the Michael Jackson (and Jackson 5) catalogs. Michael Jackson has some stunning songs in his catalog and it was strange to see some of the song choices, but barring a few, all the performances were great. To top it off, we even had some Michael’s brothers, his mother and his three children watching the performances. Here is a quick recap of what the top seven performed:
Its the top seven performing tonight. Last week we saw Lakoda Rayne and Leroy Bell go home. So far I have not missed a single one of the acts eliminated. However we are closing in on the top talent pool now and to challenge them even further they have upped the ante with this weeks theme. The contestants will be singing songs from the Michael Jackson catalog. Which means they have access to his music and that of the Jackson 5. And to add to the pressure, in the audience are three of his brothers, Marlon, Randy, Jackie, his mother and his three children, Prince, Blanket and Paris.
This week the top nine performed, singing a song to someone special. While this leaves a lot of room in terms of song choice, we can expect to hear a lot of personal dedications. Last week was a shock bottom two of Stacey Francis and Astro. Astro was saved and Stacey went home, leaving this weeks top nine. The nine contestants left are: Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow and Drew, Astro, Marcus Canty, Chris Rene, LeRoy Bell, Josh Krajcik, Lakota Rayne.
This week the top 10 performed and we are expecting greater and greater things from our top 10. The initial plan was for this to be Madonna and Lady Gaga week, but Simon changed his mind and it was changed to “Rock”. It will be interesting to see how some of the contestants adapt their style or the song to this weeks theme. As is now the norm, one contestant will be voted out based on today’s performance along with the announcement tomorrow.
Here we are at the performance of the top 11. This week, we will finally find out who will make the top 10 of the first season of X Factor. Just like last week, there will be two shows, the performance and results show. The performances are getting more and more polished as the contestants adjust to the demands of the show and the judges start to get a better idea of what sort of artists the performers want to be.
On last week’s results show, 59-year-old contestant Leroy Bell was caught lip syncing on the group song, when he started singing later than his part started. The song performed was David Gueta/Usher’s “Without You.” Many negative comments could be found over on twitter and internet regarding this obvious lip syncing mess up. After all this is supposed to be a singing contest, so many where surprised to see lip syncing.