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‘The X Factor’ finals recap: did they make it their own?

THE X FACTOR: Top 3 Perform: Melanie Amaro performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

THE X FACTOR: Top 3 Perform: Melanie Amaro performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

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Sure, this show suffered from over-production, annoyingly bickering judges and a host who shouldn’t even be hosting a small-town pageant.

But through all that dreck, they managed to come up with three decent finalists. And I watched this via DVR so I was able to fast forward through much of the dross.

Round one, the trio all showed deference to their celebrity duet partners, as in Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne and R. Kelly. So for me, that didn’t really help us determine their worth as individual artists.

Then we watched them repeat their original audition songs in fully produced form. And each one in their own way proved why they are here tonight.

Josh Krajcik oozes earnest soul. Chris Rene elevates joy and hope after much darkness with a hip-hop edge. Melanie Amaro is full-on diva, a vocalist of supreme power and grace when she truly lets go.

Each has their negatives. Josh is so nice, he doesn’t seem to have enough edge for a scruffy rocker. And he sometimes sounds too much like Joe Cocker. Rene’s vocals are pretty thin at times. And Melanie sometimes seems to be singing on auto-pilot.

So who will win the guaranteed $5 million?

Melanie would seem to have the edge, having the pimp spot and favorite status from day one. But Josh has a strong base of fans, too. And while polls (which may be taken by a group of people not matching the voting base) show Chris lagging behind the other two, his likely younger fans might Facebook  him to victory.

I do have to make a prediction. I say Josh wins though actually, I’d like to see Chris win.

THE X FACTOR: Top 3 Perform: Josh Krajcik performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

THE X FACTOR: Top 3 Perform: Josh Krajcik performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

1) Josh Krajcik with Alanis Morissette (“Uninvited”) – Alanis dueted with runner-up Crystal Bowersox in the finals in 2009 with “You Oughta Know.” She’s back! Josh and Alanis work together well. “Uninvited” isn’t quite the masterpiece that “You Oughta Know” and Josh isn’t dominant. What do you expect? This is Alanis’ baby! “You kept your identity,” Paula said. Grade: A-minus/B-plus

2) Chris Rene with Avril Lavigne (”Complicated”) – Really? This song was sung by a bratty 16 year girl in 2002. Not a good fit for Chris. Avril swallows him during the duet moments. He at least is having a good time. Nicole should be penalized for saying, “You made it your own.” Grade: B

3) Melanie Amaro with R. Kelly (”I Believe I Can Fly”) – She seemed very nervous in the early going and it never really soars. R. Kelly was overshadowed by Kelly, as L.A. Reid said. Grade: B

The trio then joined Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson Immortal” spectacle, which killed a few minutes.

Now each sings their original audition song and solidify why each one is in the finals:

4) Josh (”At Last” Etta James) – A lovely homage to the ailing singer, armed with just an acoustic guitar and his soulful voice. He goes thankfully with no backup dancers and singers. A truly brilliant performance. “You made it your own,” Reid said, and yes, he should be placed in the penalty box for using Paula’s line, too. “You own that stage,” said a slightly less cliched Paula. “You took that massive risk with the guitar. What I liked about it was it’s all about you,” Simon said. Grade: A

THE X FACTOR: Top 3 Perform: Avril Lavigne (L) and Chris Rene perform on THE X FACTOR Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

THE X FACTOR: Top 3 Perform: Avril Lavigne (L) and Chris Rene perform on THE X FACTOR Dec. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR Finale airs Wed., Dec. 21 and Thurs., Dec. 22 on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

5) Chris (”Young Homie”) – This is the song that got the judges’ attention and it remains incredibly inspiring and catchy. It proves he can write music. “You are magic!” Paula said. “That was your $5 million song,” Simon said. Grade: A

6) Melanie (”Listen” Beyonce) – Melanie doesn’t always connect with the lyrics of the song and can be tentative. But she sings this one practically busting her gut. It still works. “That was a $50 million song,” L.A. raved. “So gorgeous,” Paula said. “I am so so proud,” Simon said. Grade: A

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157 comments Add your comment

Lil Red

December 21st, 2011
8:06 pm

Hi. Hope this will be good.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:06 pm

Good evening!

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:07 pm

Awww, I thought I was first, but we both have the same time stamp (lol).

Lil Red

December 21st, 2011
8:08 pm

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:08 pm

What’s “bloat?”

Lil Red

December 21st, 2011
8:10 pm

Bloat is filler. You know you feel bloated sometimes.

Lil Red

December 21st, 2011
8:12 pm

We are 10 minutes in and still haven’t done anything. That’s bloat.

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:13 pm

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:13 pm

The song is tired sounding. I know that doesn’t make sense. She sounds good.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:13 pm

They don’t sound good together.

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:14 pm

that suck’d… very underwhelmed.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:14 pm

I thought of bloated. I understand.

DanJ

December 21st, 2011
8:15 pm

I agree Pitchy they sound horrible together!

Seth T.

December 21st, 2011
8:15 pm

Josh & Alanis – ok, but I’m not up to listening to it again.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:15 pm

Surrea, BS! That wasn’t good. I even turned the volume down.

Seth T.

December 21st, 2011
8:17 pm

I sometimes wonder if the judges have good hearing, but then, they have to sell the show of course.

Jubie

December 21st, 2011
8:17 pm

Josh was amazing.

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:17 pm

nicole looks like she styled her hair with about 3 Fosters Beer cans…

the Australian Fat Boy cans…

Seth T.

December 21st, 2011
8:21 pm

Have some Josh fans here in our group tonight, but they were not happy with that performance and are blaming the producers/Nicole – for setting-up that debacle. Alanis outshone him and the harmonies were sometimes at-odds.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:23 pm

They need to change the show’s name to Light Show with Singers.

Seth T.

December 21st, 2011
8:24 pm

RE: Archeleta story — his fan base was predominantly 11 to 17 or so, and a good number of them have moved-on to other infatuations since Archie was on Idol.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:24 pm

Is it my ears, but he sounds tired too…

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:25 pm

A much better pairing…not bad.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:25 pm

Why isn’t he singing…oh there he goes…wait, that’s not singing.

Seth T.

December 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

I am working with a girl in the band, that is very much like Avril – even looks a lot like her. She also way outshone Chris on the vocals.

Seth T.

December 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

The light Nicole sees around Chris, is from the Stage Effects Manager.

DanJ

December 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

Avril and Chris weren’t bad together but not great. Why are they doing duets on the finals?

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

goodbye Robo-Host, hello Nancy Grace…

I’ll check back with you guys when this round of duets is over.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

Anyone would shine up there with all those lights.

Paula is speaking jibberish now. Did she just say it doesn’t count about the notes..WTH.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:30 pm

Friends from rehab…umm…well…ok??? WOW

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:31 pm

Will someone please medicate Santa Cruz…? thank you.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:33 pm

@DanJ ~ and why are the famous singers doing much of the singing????

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:33 pm

Chris Rene sportin’ the Rodney Ho hat…

Or as I like to call it – the RoHoLook…

DanJ

December 21st, 2011
8:35 pm

These contestants are battling for a contract and to suddenly have then sing duets on the most important night is stupid!

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Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:35 pm

R. Kelly’s coming out????

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:36 pm

I AGREE DANJ!!!!!

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:37 pm

Melanie didn’t even come out with her strong voice….so far all 3 started off badly.

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:38 pm

If he gets off stage without urinating on her or anyone else, I’ll consider this the best performance so far..

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:38 pm

My 17 year old just said she didn’t like it (lol).

DanJ

December 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

Melanie wins round 1!

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

@Squishy, of course he wouldn’t do that in this venue?

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:40 pm

I just noticed the cut out in Nicole’s dress…

Jubie

December 21st, 2011
8:41 pm

Josh won round one for me.

DanJ

December 21st, 2011
8:41 pm

None of the duets were great! I could see doing duets IF they have 3 songs. Does anyone know if they sing 2 or 3 songs?

Squishy

December 21st, 2011
8:41 pm

@Pitchy – actually, I meant Robo-Host, not R Kelly… i wouldn’t put it past him…

Jubie

December 21st, 2011
8:43 pm

Bad idea pairing these three with the pros. Only two songs I believe DanJ

Lil Red

December 21st, 2011
8:44 pm

I’m 30 minutes behind but I like Josh and Alanis. They did well.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:46 pm

Pray tell, what made you say that Squishy.

Pitchy

December 21st, 2011
8:47 pm

This will probably be the best part of the show!!