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.
In a throwback to the rest of the season, the top twelve are back on stage singing Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” Excellent group performance. It is great to them all back on stage, Astro, Marcus et all. Now the finalists will sing solo again one last time.
Melanie sings “All I want for christmas is you”, Chris sings one of my favorites “Have yourself a merry little christmas” and Josh rounds it out with “Please Come Home For Christmas”. All in all the judges had positive comments for all. Simon still thinks Melanie should win (though he should stop saying it), while they call Chris original and they loved Josh’s version of the song.
Now we get to find out who comes in third place. The judges are all on stage with their finalist. And the third place goes to Chris Rene.
After some performances by the guest stars, Melanie and Josh sing David Bowie’s “Heroes” together. One last performance before the winner is crowned.
Drumroll as the two finalists along with LA and Simon await the decision.
The winner of the first season of X Factor USA is… Melanie Amaro!
Looks like Simon called it right, from the start.