Pitbull and Ne-Yo have joined the list of confirmed performers for “The X Factor” U.S. first season finale, which Fox will televise in two parts on December 21 and December 22, 2011. The first winner of “The X Factor” U.S. will be announced on December 22.
Meanwhile, “The X Factor” U.S. executive producer/judge Simon Cowell has said that Mariah Carey will not be performing in the show’s 2011 season finale, despite rumors that she would.
The announcement about Pitbull and Ne-Yo performing in the season finale was made at an “X Factor” press conference in West Hollywood, California, on December 19, 2011. Pitbull and Ne-Yo are expected to perform their hit “Give Me Everything.”
As previously reported, these other acts will also perform in the season finale:
- Justin Bieber solo and with Stevie Wonder and Drew: In a performance that was taped on December 14 and will be televised on December 22, Bieber did songs from his “Under the Mistletoe” album. He also teamed up with Wonder and 14-year-old former “X Factor” U.S. finalist Drew for a performance. Drew is a self-confessed Justin Bieber fanatic.
- Leona Lewis: It has now been announced by her U.S. record company that Lewis will sing “Run” on December 22.
- Other “X Factor” U.S. finalists: The final three contestants (Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene) are set to team up with star artists to be announced. A select number of finalists who were eliminated from the show will also return to perform on stage. Female quartet Lakoda Rayne is the only former finalist act that has announced its performance in the season finale. Lakoda Rayne made the announcement on the group’s Twitter account.
- Cast members of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, which is a Cirque du Soleil production: As previously reported, several of the tour’s Las Vegas shows have been canceled to accommodate the “X Factor” appearance. The cast is rumored to perform Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” on December 21.
In a “Good Day LA” interview with his ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour, Cowell confirmed that Carey was in talks to duet with Bieber, but in the end, there was a scheduling conflict and Carey could not be on the show.
Cowell also denied a rumor that Carey is not performing on “The X Factor” U.S. because the show could not meet her salary demands.
“Not true,” Cowell said of the rumor. “She just wasn’t around. And it all had to do with Justin and her. I don’t know what went on, but it didn’t happen. So we have Justin Bieber and another and another. You’ll have to wait and see who it is. I’m not going to tell you.”
(Obviously, Cowell is referring to the collaboration with Bieber, Wonder and Drew.)
Seymour also asked, “So she [Mariah Carey] was never going to come and sing with Melanie [Amaro] anyway?”
Cowell replied, “No.”