In part one of first season finale of “The X Factor” U.S., the Top 3 finalists — Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene — did duets with star artists on hit songs that were originally performed by the stars.
Amaro teamed up with R. Kelly for “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Krajcik was paired with Alanis Morissette on “Uninvited.”
Rene duetted with Avril Lavigne on “Complicated.”
(Click here for a recap of the episode.)
After the show (which Fox televised on December 21, 2011), Krajcik, Rene and Amaro talked to Entertainment Weekly about their celebrity duets.
Here are excerpts from the article:
What was the rehearsal process like with Alanis?
JOSH KRAJCIK: Well, the first thing we did was hug when she came into the room. And we talked for a little bit. We sang it through a couple times. We went over what parts and how we would do it, and we sang for about an hour together. We just got a synergy going with each other. It was fun. She’s charming. She’s real. She’s sweet.
You’ve been good at covering different genres, but if I’m being honest, that particular Alanis song of hers doesn’t jump out at me as a Josh Kracjik song. How did you make it feel authentically from you?
JOSH KRAJCIK: Well, actually, from a musical standpoint, the way it was written, it’s similar to some songs I’ve written. The minor chords, the dark, the brooding kind of feel to it, is something I can really relate to as a writer. Obviously Alanis Morissette’s not me, you know what I mean, but that’s what’s fun about it. What I think we do have in common is we’re both organic artists, in our own way very different. But I couldn’t think of a better way for this to turn out than to have her with me on that stage.
What was it like rehearsing with Avril Lavigne?
CHRIS RENE: It was a lot. We had to work hard. Rigorous work.
What was your reaction when you heard you were working with her?
CHRIS RENE: I was so thankful. I basically started dancing around, like, “Wooo!” Then I was, like, scared to meet her, and star-struck and all that. And we’re past that. This is a beautiful person here. A great artist. A super pop star, rock star, and this is my chance to connect with her up on that stage.
When I heard that song, it didn’t strike me as automatically in your wheelhouse. How did you make it authentic to who you are?
CHRIS RENE: Well, I added my little rap in there. I’ll do that with any song that I’ve done on the show. I put myself into it.
Talk to me about your rehearsal with R. Kelly. How did that go?
MELANIE AMARO: It did come together quickly, but we worked so hard, and we practiced, practiced, practiced. And we have come a long way. To be able to say “I sang with R. Kelly” is something that’s really cool. Not everybody gets to say that. I had a lot of time with him to rehearse and do what we needed to. I was happy.
The first winner of “The X Factor” U.S. will be announced on December 22, 2011. Justin Bieber, Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent have been announced as featured performers in the December 22 episode. As previously reported, Bieber’s performance was already taped, and it features a “surprise” collaboration with Stevie Wonder and former “X Factor” U.S. finalist Drew.
“The X Factor” U.S. grand prize consists of $5 million and a record deal with Sony Music. The first winner of “The X Factor” U.S. will also star in a Pepsi commercial that will premiere during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012.