As the first season of “The X Factor” U.S. come to a close on December 22, 2011, it looks like the competition will come down to two contestants, based on viewer comments on the Internet: 19-year-old Melanie Amaro and 30-year-old Josh Krajcik, who have both been fan favorites ever since the live-performance episodes began in October 2011.
In the episode that Fox televised on December 14, 2011, the show’s judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger) gave the best reviews to Amaro, followed closely by 28-year-old Chris Rene. Krajcik got mixed reviews, while 20-year-old Marcus Canty got slammed by Cowell. All of the finalists performed two songs each in this episode.
(Click here for a recap of the December 14 episode.)
Cowell is mentoring the Girls category (female solo singers under age 30). The remaining finalist in this category is Melanie Amaro.
Reid is mentoring the Boys category (male solo singers under age 30). The remaining finalists in this category are Marcus Canty and Chris Rene.
Scherzinger is mentoring the Over 30s category (solo singers ages 30 and older). The remaining finalist in this category is Josh Krajcik.
Abdul was mentoring the Groups category, but all of the finalists in this category have been eliminated.
The judges have said what they think. Here is what “X Factor” viewers think, based on comments made on the Internet.
Who’s “In” and Who’s “Out” With Fan Support
Barring any shocking elimination, expect Krajcik and Amaro to make it through to the finals. They have never been in the bottom two or bottom three of getting votes, and their fan support seem to be too strong for them to be the contestant who gets the lowest number of votes heading into the finals.
Three contestants will advance to the finals. Since Amaro and Krajcik are widely assumed to be two of those contestants, that leaves one spot open that will go to either Rene or Canty.
Rene continues to polarize viewers. His fans say that Rene is original and versatile. His critics think that he is the weakest singer of the final four contestants and that he did not deserve to make it this far in the competition.
Canty has been in the bottom two or bottom three for three weeks in a row, but he always escaped elimination. Many viewers believe that his time is running out on the show and he will be the next to be eliminated, but there is always room for a surprise elimination.
“The X Factor” U.S. episode that Fox televised on December 14 got 10.8 million U.S. viewers, and came in fourth in the night’s U.S. prime-time ratings. The episode trailed behind CBS shows “Criminal Minds” (12.9 million U.S. viewers), “CSI” (12.2 million U.S. viewers), and “Survivor” (10.9 million U.S. viewers).
Here is a sampling of comments made on the Internet about the episode:
From “The X Factor” U.S. official Facebook page:
“Everyone is talking about how Chris rene cannot sing? Hello? Can eminem not sing- this is not necesarily a total singing show- it is meant to showcase unhidden talent that otherwise would have gone umrecognized- I think that is what Chris Rene is all about- I’m rooting for him now as the underdog!”
“Helllllll Noooooooo!!!! Melaine and Josh allllll the wayyyyyy!!”
“I am a Drew fan(she is out) and now I support Melanie but with Chris Rene i always have fun.”
“Melanie and chris did very well last night. I like josh and marcus too but they didnt sing the right songs or something.”
“Chris needs to go! I can’t stand hearing him say UH one more time. Go to the bathroom already.”
“To be honest not impressed by any of them! The whole show was flat and Josh is just so boring! I like Marcus but not much good last night. After watching the UK I find the US one really dull.”
“Somebody has to go tonite,oh plz let it b marcus.”
“Maybe someone here can answer…. why is everyone all about Chris? He can’t carry a tune….Just don’t understand it, unless it is the cindarella story.”
“Melanie for the win!”
“My vote is for JOSH, the man can sing ANYTHING and sound great doing it!!! I really like Melanie too, but she doesn’t move enough on the stage and I’m finding week after week, she is really starting to sound the same in the majority of the songs that she does. Go JOSH!!! Come on America, get it right & vote for JOSH!!!”
“Melanie can sing but she is not my best pick.. if she wins she only get one hit song and dats it then America forgets about her… if i want to hear melanie sing i can listen to mariah and all those other singers like her… however my guy is Josh he is jus unique with his voice, he writes his own music and plays his own music… thats talent that must get to chance to show off.. i think its time we get some unique ppl as winners and not all these voices like melanie dat sounds d same…… marcus is a waste of time and chris dosnt impress me that much ,, he can write his own music but not my favorite either…”
“Marcus has been a weak link for a while and though Chris is creative with his songs he’s not a strong singer. So Josh and Melanie ” should” be in the finals. Just my opinion.”
“Chris has the x factor. No need for a publicist for him.. Loved worldwide music touching hearts and souls. Loved him frm day 1. Total package!!! And no not a love struck youngster. A grandma & love his music because it’s frm the heart & u can feel that when he performs.. Much luv CHRIS RENE!!!!”
“I think Melanie or Josh should win it, but Chris might win it too, America will vote for him. A good life story, used to be a drug addict, garbage collector, he lost his dad 4 yrs ago. He doesnt have great vocals but look at Taylor Swift, she’s not a great singer either & she is popular & has sold million of albums. Definitely, that Marcus should go home, bottom 2 for 3 weeks. He was just lucky! All previous American idols are guys because all the girls vote for guys & guys don’t care about voting, thats why we lost Rachel. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen to Melanie.”
“Josh needs to go all the way. he has an amazing voice!!! i look back at his audition and look at how far hes come. hes got it!!! i love josh.
“Melanie and josh are awsome singers awsome…. But their is nothing that stands out nadda.. Marcus is cute but he is stuck he hasnet found himself yet.. When I watch him its entertaining but who am – watching bobby brown , or usher, jodeci he has to find him I watch him and he reminds me of them. Chgris renee hummmmmm. Entertaining and interesting!”
“Melanie Amaro is absolutely magnificent. She’s at least as good as any @AmericanIdol winner that I can think of.”
“Marcus Canty‘s performance was corny. LA is so stuck in the early 90’s with his song choices …”
“Watching X factor…are they kidding?! Have not seen one good performer yet. Are the judges deaf?! Lol this show is so planned out.”
“Melanie Amaro reminds me of LEONA LEWIS and she’s gonna WIN this competition!!!!”
“Marcus canty is losing his touch now… I’m getting bored.”
“I really see Chris Rene or Marcus Canty going home..honestly I don’t see them winning.”
“Marcus Canty should not have been on the stage tonight #Xfactor Rachel Crow should have been there.”
“I think william hung from American Idol was a better singer than Chris Rene.””Chris Rene just nailed it. I really hope he wins this competition.”
“Why does Chris Rene‘s songs always somehow turn into reggae?”
“MELANIE AMARO JUST CHUFFIN KIIIIIIILLED THAT SONG!! Amazing. Ridiculously amazing. P.S Chris Rene, I’m a little bit in love!!”
“Marcus CANTy is terrible. He needs to go home tonight.”
“How is this Chris Rene guy still in #xfactorusa”