We’re only 10 days away from The X Factor‘s Season 1 finale — and 11 days away from starting to speculate who’ll replace Nicole Snuggiegobbler on the Season 2 judges’ panel. (I kid! I kid? Okay, I don’t really kid.) So with chants of “Cher-yl Cole! Cher-yl Cole!” in the air, check out my rankings of the four remaining singers, then hit our poll to vote for your favorite!
4) Marcus Canty (Last Week No. 4) | Has knocked off LeRoy Bell, Drew Ryniewicz, and Rachel Crow in consecutive sing-off rounds before the judges, but while he’s been consistent and consistently entertaining, he hasn’t exactly developed into a $500,000 act, let alone one worth $5 million. Needs a meltdown from one of his rivals to have a chance at the Top 3.
3) Josh Krajcik (Last Week No. 2) | Last week’s “Dance Music” theme seemed designed to cause him agita, but his heartfelt followup on The Beatles’ “Something” sent him sailing to safety yet again. Most of his missteps this season have involved song choice and staging, rather than his actual vocals. If he can use his veto power over his dubious mentor, he’s got a chance to win the whole enchilada.
2) Chris Rene (Last Week No. 3) | His original tunes — “Young Homie” and “Where Do We Go From Here” — have been two of the season’s undeniable highlights. Charismatic performer is certainly not the strongest vocalist left in the game, but it doesn’t really matter — as long as L.A. isn’t saddling him with ballads like “I’ll Be There” or “Superstar.” Possibly the most radio-ready of the remaining competitors, with a compelling backstory that appeals to the TV voting public.
1) Melanie Amaro (Last Week No. 1) | Most likely to pick up voters from latest evictee Rachel Crow, and there’s no denying she’s got the voice of an angel (on steroids). Melanie’s got diva presence and she rarely hits a bum note, but her mentor has yet to assign her a truly cool uptempo number. (And no, a half-hearted dance remix of “Someone Like You” doesn’t count in our book.) Why not Britney’s “Toxic” or Macy Gray’s “Do Something” or even Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”?
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