I've been following the first season of "The X-Factor USA" on FOX and I'm a fan! I definitely have my favorites and one of them is in the finale... here's my pick for the $5 mill winner... share yours!
Although at first glance to the judges, you could swear this was American Idol, the program quickly separated itself.
First, I love that the show has no age limit. Talent comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages and it's exciting to see a competition that accepts a wide variety of acts. Though I do see some reserve in putting very young children in the limelight, with the right guidance they could be the next Selena Gomez instead of the next Lindsay Lohan!
Second, I'm a fan of variety. Groups, rappers, teen-poppers, belting divas, soulful rockers, hippie chicks and everything in between were all given a fair chance and equal opportunity to show their stuff. It was unique how all of the pro judges (pop star Nicole Scherzinger, super producer Simon Cowell, hit-maker L.A. Reid, and the one-and-only Paula Adbul) all got to mentor a category of competitors. The insight they provided to the contestants and audience about the music biz was fantastic!
Finally,. I LOVE being surprised. Nothing's better than having someone walk on stage and make you think they'll be a dud... then blow away your expectations with a shock of star-power! I will say, that, as with American Idol, I sometimes cringe during the audition phase. It's an inspiring feeling to watch someone realize their dream... but I'm NO fan of watching someone get publicly embarrassed and have their dreams crushed. I could definitely do without that.
On a side note: Speaking of being surprised and having dreams crushed, the eliminations on this show were brutal! The four judges voted to send one of each week's bottom two contestants home. If there was a tie in the judges vote, the tie-breaker went to America's vote. Sometimes, America didn't show up at the polls... and the wrong contestant (in some opinions... mine...) was sent home. best example, this little 13 year old angel who was devastated when she was eliminated. No worries though, I'm sure the Disney Channel is already calling!
I also LOVE the underdog and the top 3 finalists are just that. Chris Rene overcame substance abuse and a life that was spiraling out of control. He turned that downward spiral into a spiral staircase and climbed that thing all the way to the X-Factor finals. I may not be the biggest fan of his music and think other contestants should have stayed over him... but still... he's an inspiration to many. Good for him! Josh Krajcik didn't get much attention from the judges at first. He didn't look like the next superstar in the beginning... but boy does he sound like one! That man can command a stage with a voice that gives me goosebumps! And finally... Melanie Amaro. Simon said she hadn't made the cut and sent her home initialy, then had a rare admission of mistake, visiting her house and asking her to come back to the competition. From packing her bags to being my pick: I think she'll win it all!
EVERY.SINGLE.PERFORMANCE. from Melanie Amaro has given me chills. She is Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey all rolled into one and this girl has star power! She's got the look, the demeanor, the command, and most importantly, the talent. I think she'll be a star no matter what tonight's outcome ends up being, but I hope she wins the whole shebang!
Who do you like?