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” 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!
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk