Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene will battle it out to become the first-ever American The X Factor winner who will win $5-M Sony recording contract and a spot at the Pepsi’s 2012 Superbowl tonight at 7 and tomorrow, Dec. 23 in the show’s two-night finale airing via satellite on Philippine free TV on Studio 23.
It’s not only a battle among acts but also a battle among judges as Melanie is being mentored by Simon Cowell, Josh by Nicole Scherzinger and Chris by L.A. Reid. Not a single act from judge Paula Abdul’s Groups, unfortunately, made it to the finals.
Chris gained a following as the only rapper in the competition who even went as far as writing and singing his own composition in the live shows. His originally composed audition piece instantly got the judges’ votes while his touching story as a trash collector who just underwent rehab captivated the hearts of the judges and the audience.
Thirty-year-old Josh, on the other hand, impressed the judges during auditions with his rendition of Etta James’ song At Last. From slinging burritos at a restaurant in Ohio, Josh is now singing his way to stardom as the only Over 30s act still in the competition.
Lastly, college freshman Melanie proved she deserved her spot in the show and even beat other girls act initially chosen by Simon during Judges Homes’ week. Simon personally went to Sunrise, Florida to ask Melanie to come back and admitted before her family that he made a big mistake to send her home. Since then, Melanie has been receiving good reviews as the show’s resident diva and belter.
Their fates now lie on America’s hands as they will be the one to decide who will be the first The X Factor USA winner. Who will be it?
America hasn’t chosen the top act yet but producers of the show are already beginning auditions for the show’s second season. A Philippine version of the show is also in the works and will be aired soon on ABS-CBN.