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Who won ‘The X Factor’?

THE X FACTOR: Finale: Melanie Amaro performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 22 (8:00-10:00 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: Finale: Melanie Amaro performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 22 (8:00-10:00 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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So season one of “X Factor” is over and we will never have to watch robo-host again!

Early favorite Melanie Amaro upped the Mariah quotient to the very end and won the $5 million. (Oh, and that pesky Pepsi commercial!)

She kneeled in prayer and was attacked by her friends and family as robo-host tried to get her to say something. He failed miserably.

“She will represent this country. She is a star,” Simon said instead.

After she sang “Listen,” robo-host finally got her to croak out a few words. “God is good!” she said. “This is something I wanted all my life!”

Amaro beat out Josh Krajcik, the wonderfully sweet rocker who growled his way to runner-up status. Third place was Chris Rene, the rap singer who recently got out of rehab.

The votes matched the polls, including the one here, which had Amaro winning, Josh second, Chris third.

“We’ll be back next year,” Robo-host said. Well, the show will be back.

Ratings for Wednesday’s night show were underwhelming, considering it’s the final week. The show drew 11.1 million viewers, below the season average and the 3.3 18-49 rating was worse than last week’s 3.4. I expect the final won’t do too much better.

Clearly, this show didn’t quite have the “X Factor.” It needs to look itself in the mirror and fix things for season two.

THE X FACTOR: Finale: Josh Krajcik performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 22 (8:00-10:00 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: Finale: Josh Krajcik performs on THE X FACTOR Dec. 22 (8:00-10:00 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” tried to outdo “Idol” by attempting to be hipper and sleeker with “bigger” stakes. Instead, I personally found the show frenetic, annoying and soul-less. It made me truly appreciate the charms of “American Idol” and “The Voice.” And we’ve learned that Simon Cowell isn’t all that when placed in charge, especially in terms of picking hosts and judges.

And somehow, Paula Abdul rose above the crud around her and came out as the relative voice of reason. You know this is Alice in Wonderland when I write something like that.

Now will Melanie Amaro create hit records and sell out arenas? I’m not so sure. But you know Simon is going to work his darndest to try to make it happen.

We also learned tonight that if Rachel Crow doesn’t get a Disney sitcom, she could host “The X Factor” next year!

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

289 comments Add your comment

Harriett

December 22nd, 2011
6:52 pm

I am going to keep checking the blog via my iPhone for updates. I have company and will have the tv tuned to sports. :(

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JTesla

December 22nd, 2011
7:21 pm

“this show needs to look itself in the mirror and fix things for season two”

Yes, lots of things, but I doubt that they understand what the problems are. They will simply offer some cosmetic changed like obtaining a real host and a judge swap, but those changes will not help.

Jubie

December 22nd, 2011
7:28 pm

It needs so much work is it worth saving.

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
7:44 pm

I don’t think it needs a complete make-over.
1) A new host. Nothing against the British but I’d hire an American.
2) Stop the bickering between the judges.
3) Save the big production numbers until the final.
4) Stop the background stories after the auditions.
5) Let fans vote out 1 from each group when the top 16 are announced.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

Dang, you guys are already on line. :lol: :lol: :lol: And here I was thinking I’m checking in early.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
7:54 pm

Anybody think an upset is going to occur? Is this going to be a Thriller in Manilla…ok bad comparison.

Seth T.

December 22nd, 2011
7:56 pm

In addition to the winner and 2nd place finisher on Idol, there are sometimes 2 or three more that are able to hold some type of prominence, or make a decent living in the music and/or entertainment business, at least for a while.

Who do we see, if that example works here, that is not in the top 3 right now — that are on their way to success??

Seth T.

December 22nd, 2011
7:58 pm

From what I see, Chris has little to no chance of winning. Otherwise, don’t know.

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:00 pm

Hi!
I am not excited.

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
8:03 pm

I think Melanie wins. If it’s Josh it’ll be a slight upset, if Chris wins it will prove that youngsters control the vote.

Lil Red

December 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

It’s ok, I’ll be excited for you.

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

Mercedes, kick off your shoes grab some ice cream and just remember you could be out in this weather shopping! Enjoy the little things and bear the show.

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

The female judges should have co-ordinated their outfits… either crazy color, like Paula’s or shimmery like Nicolette’s

Lil Red

December 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

From our brief poll, Melanie won but that does not include the young vote.

Jubie

December 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

Well we can spare ourselves watching, I understand Simon was on Entertainment Tonight with Melanie, declaring her the winner with 44% of the total vote.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

Ok, I’m pumped for now…

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:07 pm

and little Rap-po still can’t sing…

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

OK, so it was kinda exciting to see the also-rans!

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

And I guess we should cherish this last look at Roboto!

Mo Schreibman

December 22nd, 2011
8:10 pm

Not since passing my last kidney stone have I looked forward to something so much as this X Factor television program big finale.

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:10 pm

Josh’s baby-spit colored jacket screams LOSER

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

I hate to admit it but I have a crush on Paula! There I said it! Yeah she’s dingy but….

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

I loved WE BOUGHT A ZOO!

Seth T.

December 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

LA sez they are all stars in his book, but I doubt that means his pocketbook. In the business, if you’re not selling big numbers of singles, albums and concert tickets, you’re dropped from the label. Don’t make much difference how much they loved you 6 months ago.

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

Christmas songs? I like it!

Lil Red

December 22nd, 2011
8:16 pm

Ok Mercedes, you are not supposed to be excited. It’s not in your contract.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
8:16 pm

@Mo ~ I’m excited blogging with you guys as those at a sports bar watching the game. Yay for virtual blogging…

Seth T.

December 22nd, 2011
8:18 pm

I liked Melanies performance on that song. Especially since she said all she wanted was me.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
8:19 pm

@Jubie ~ you think we can spare ourselves watching with Simon predicting Melanie has 44% of the vote…ummmm, NOT!

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:19 pm

Princess/goddess/warrior??

Harriett

December 22nd, 2011
8:20 pm

I feel like I am at a sports bar. Drinking my vodka and watching football with company, while sneaking a post in from time to time

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:22 pm

How come Mel is the only one in her immediate, American-living family, to speak British Virgin Island-ese?

Mo Schriebman

December 22nd, 2011
8:22 pm

Pitchy we can not watch sports programs here because my wife is sitting on the remote and it is not worth the risk.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
8:25 pm

@Harriett – Exactly. I have my wine, stretched out on the couch, not having to worry about DUI, but having a freaking blast with virtual company….PRICELESS.

Sorry, Mo. When I was married, I too controlled the remote. :lol: :lol: I know that’s a :shock: for many men. He did watch sports, dang, he’s a man.

Seth T.

December 22nd, 2011
8:26 pm

It would be a point of interest to see what that 5 million dollar contract holds in terms of stipulations, expenses and consultation fees.

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
8:27 pm

Ummm….yeah, let’s sway back and forth…well, he is singing.

Squishy

December 22nd, 2011
8:27 pm

if Chris Rene could have delivered like this all season, I might feel better about his prospects… if he could lose that rap edge, he could be a decent crooner, maybe?

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:28 pm

Nobody had a Santa hat for Rene?

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:29 pm

No, Squishy, no, to 8:27.

Mercedes S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:30 pm

Maybe I should write my Christmas cards?

Squishy

December 22nd, 2011
8:30 pm

maybe you’re right, Mercedes – it must just be the hat…

Pitchy

December 22nd, 2011
8:30 pm

Since I am a layman, I like the education from Paula…he “stylized” the song….that’s what he did. Must remember that word (lol).

Seth T.

December 22nd, 2011
8:30 pm

So here’s Chris – at least the stage lighting is nice and appropriate this time.

Nicole says he is a star Paula says he’s the most original and a star on that stage — Simon sez he is an inspiration to many — La says he can change the world.

Harriett

December 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

Mo, that’s a great idea! If I can get the remote…

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

Chris should have rapped Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!

Jubie

December 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

Pitchy I don’t want Melanie to win.

Squishy

December 22nd, 2011
8:32 pm

Zoltan – I gotta remember that name for Season 2…

So long Squishy. Hello Zoltan!

Lil Red

December 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

I’m running about 30 mins. behind but I am enjoying the comments. Catching up soon.

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
8:36 pm

I hope Josh sings Silent Night.