The X Factor Top 3 Performance Finale: Follow Along With Our Jaunty Live Blog!

Predictions for The X Factor Performance Finale: One contestant will sing a monster-truck-style ballad. One will bust out an original composition. And one will play an instrument.

We’ll get a glimpse of the Paula Abdul Chair Dance (TM pending). Nicole Schlewbacca’s lashes will glimmer with dewy residue (though no actual tears will muss her foundation). L.A. Reid will take potshots at any vocalist he’s not personally mentoring. And Simon Cowell will call something “bloody fantastic.”

Of course, whether or not my prognosticating proves accurate, one thing is for certain: As the show rolls on, I’ll update you on who’s performed what and offer my opinions of said performances in 10 words or something close to it. So keep refreshing the page for all the good, the bad, and the certainty of Nicole trying to force Josh to sing something dreadful. (Oh, and come back to TVLine mid-Thursday morning for my full episode recap!)

Ready, set, discuss!

Josh Krajcik (with Alanis Morissette): “Uninvited”
Sigh. That song fit his voice like a Size 28 jean fits my midsection. He’s going to need a showstopper in his second number if he wants to get the win.

Chris Rene (with Avril Lavigne): “Complicated”
Mrrrrrr. That might be worth $5 million if this show was called America’s Next Top Song Whisperer. I am not feeling this finale.

Melanie Amaro (with R. Kelly): “I Can’t Believe They Picked This Flippin’ Awful SongI Can Fly”
Honestly, I’d have taken “Trapped in the Closet” over that supersized slice of treacle. A little low for her comfort zone on the opening verse, but (ugh) her voice did kinda soar near the end there.

Josh, Chris, Melanie and Cylons on Steroids: Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us”
I cahhhhhhn’t with that.

Josh Krajcik: Etta James’ “At Last”
Absolutely the right choice of song and arrangement, and performed beautifully. (Speaking of perfection, though, I can’t help but plug Melinda Doolittle’s version here, too.)

Chris Rene: “Young Homie”
Simon’s right, that was his $5 million song. (And I’m only a tiny bit bothered that it’s the third time he’s sung it on the show since January.) ¡Melanie had better braaaang something uptempo!

Melanie Amaro: Beyoncé’s “Listen”
Dayum. Her vocals just ate everyone else’s vocals.

OK, your turn. Hit the comments with your thoughts on the X Factor performance finale, and please come back to TVLine mid-Thursday morning for my full episode recap. And for all my reality TV news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. ana_muti says:

    Rumor has it that Josh is being paired with Alanis M. To me, that’s not a good thing. I hope that rumor is wrong.

  2. ana_muti says:

    All three are looking good, though.

  3. Jason says:

    Just sucks knowing that another dude is about to win a singing show. And of course they’ll flop. Ugh.

  4. Bad Breaker says:

    Melanie gets the pimp spot…big surprise there.

  5. Amy says:

    Josh & Alanis, no. No. No. What is up with that song choice? I wasn’t wowed. Second, song please be better. If not. . .

  6. karenb says:

    Well, there you are, Slezak! I was beginning to worry! Kept looking for the Pre-Game!

  7. Princess Adora says:

    I’m confused, do we vote for Alanis? Whoever duets with Bieber will win the whole thing!

    • lin333 says:

      Yes, Alanis was so much better-Josh looked uncomforable and weird. Don’t like him anyway-go back to making burritos, tacos, or whatever!

  8. Bad Breaker says:

    Wrong song choice. And I hope one of the first things they “fix” for next year is to un-mic the audience during performances. Really irritating.

  9. ana_muti says:

    Did I mistake it that Alanis chose that song?

  10. Yo says:

    I was initially worried, but I think Josh ultimately held his own – if with a less distinctive voice than Alanis. (Boy, what a voice she has! I own her music and didn’t realize her voice was that strong.) Good job with the random duet, Josh!

  11. barb says:

    A duet with Alanis, how original. <—sarcasm
    Same songs that have been done before, same theme nights that have been done before, and same duet partners. Snore.

  12. ana_muti says:

    Ruh ro, Chris is not singing well, but that won’t stop his fan base. I mean, Josh is my guy and a poor first song won’t keep me from voting for him.

  13. Krista says:

    Votin for avril. oh wait.

  14. Bad Breaker says:

    Yikes, these are finale caliber performances?

  15. Yo says:

    That opening for Chris was just horrible, but my guess is that the fans don’t care. Did not work. Nice guy, but he really needs to leave my tv. #1 hit? My sweet bippy.

  16. Andrew says:

    Is it Canadian night on XFactor? I hope another great Canadian comes on now!

  17. Bad Breaker says:

    Did I just see one of the ghosts from American Horror Story?

  18. Jacob Dolan says:

    There’s only really ONE song Melanie is going to sing, given who her duet partner is. And if she sings that song, not only is she NOT getting my vote, I might actually vomit a little bit.

    Its initials are “I B I C F.”

    I REALLY hope I’m wrong about this song choice though. Like, seriously hoping.

  19. jennifer_nc says:

    why can’t anyone admit chris can’t sing? He was so flat! He can perform- not sing.

    • Yo says:

      I admit it, but no one cares. You had to wince a little, huh?

    • Itsthewrongthree says:

      Neither can bob Dylan sing.

      • matt says:

        Chris Rene sounds like Color Me Badd. I guess all that 90’s stuff is still “in again”

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Exceedingly true. Thus many actually pay no attention to him.

      • Clarice says:

        Amen. WHY do they try to squeeze these performers into categories that they do NOT fit in. When Chris Rene produces a “record” (and I think they all will), he won’t be singing – he’ll be rapping! They choose songs very well suited to the Melanie Amaro’s of the world. If they only want primo singers, they should not bring rappers, etc. into the competition!

  20. ana_muti says:

    The nerves are showing big time. Josh held his own with Cowell, though–good on you, Josh!

  21. karenb says:

    Melanie=Mariah duet?

  22. jennifer_nc says:

    bieber and melanie?

  23. Bonnie says:

    In my opinion, both guys were off key and kept alive only by their professional partners. But maybe Adam Lambert spoiled me with his professionalism when he sang with Kiss and Queeen. I’m hoping this gets better.

  24. blessedwarrior says:

    Lately, Simon Cowell’s refused to outrightly critique Chris Rene’s awful performances. Methinks the show is rigged in his favor.

  25. Bad Breaker says:

    There ya go, Jacob…feeling a bit queezy?

  26. Kari says:

    If Chris wins five million dollars in a SINGING competition not for his “singing” but because he is a nice guy with a touching backstory, then Virginia, there really is no Santa Claus.

  27. Chop says:

    I would be better served watching the South Park Christmas specials tonight. The music would certainly be more enjoyable…

  28. wtf says:

    r kelly?! seriously?!

  29. Bonnie says:

    Gotta admit this is a beautiful song when done with a full chorus. But key was off for her, as well as the two previous. What’s up with this?

  30. karenb says:

    Nicole needs to appear on the new show “what not to hair.”

  31. Candy says:

    THIS is why I’m voting for Melanie, LA REID, Nicole and Paula only want to criticize MELANIE. WTF. They couldn’t admit that Chris can’t sing and is always pitchy and Josh just didn’t shine in that performance tonight. Melanie you got my vote and this thing is so rigged and bias. Really.

  32. Emily says:

    I’m sorry, but none of the three win this round. (the Idols usually do well with their celebrities because it’s not in competition)

  33. Yo says:

    No contestant was entirely comfortable with the duet choice and it showed. They paired them all only today. Melanie was comme ci, comme ca.

  34. Erin says:

    Melanie is soo boring with her church singing. All her songs sound the same….she is more of a church singer than stacey francis was and why is she not criticized for always singing slow songs like drew was? I hope their 2nd songs are much better because all of those were just awful.

  35. Denis says:

    So sick of Chris and the addict sympathy story. None of them did that well for their first performance. But Melanie did better than Josh and Chris. Chris did horrible, but I “hear” he has a numerous amount of “fans”.

    • lin333 says:

      Agreed! Give Chris it all, and he will be back to drugs in no time. I have seen it all too often. Josh just stinks-no stage presence or personality. I am sratching my head as to how he even made it to the finals-boring and unappealing. Melanie should win, so you know where my vote went.

  36. Bad Breaker says:

    I hope all 3 get over their obvious nerves before their next songs.

  37. jennrae says:

    The girl singing in the Chevy commercial should win!

  38. Razz says:

    Missin’ Astro!!

  39. bonnie says:

    All I wanna say is they don’t really care about us. Boy, is that an anthem we should all be singing to congress.

  40. jennrae says:

    What the flying flip is this crap?

  41. Bad Breaker says:

    Another MJ tribute? Seriously?

  42. Margo says:

    That MJ segment was not at all needed…wow…they killed that song and not in a good way.

    What a mess smh

  43. Shindig says:

    My favorite artist was definitely Alanis of the 3, but Josh seemed really..uncomfortable in the beginning. I enjoy that song though. It killed me inside their song choice for Melanie — seeeeriously? ugh. At least it broke the bet I had it would be either Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston or a shocker from Celine.

    That Michael Jackson tribute was… hard to sit through, gotta be honest. I hope Josh does an original song, his band is actually very good :/

  44. Bad Breaker says:

    I want one of those robot costumes for next Halloween.

  45. Jaded says:

    WTF was that? It’s like they have no idea what each singer’s niche is. Hint: It’s not MJ/Cirque du Soleil for any of them.

  46. Jacob Dolan says:

    The ONLY good thing about these duets is that at least they aren’t as transparent as some of the duets on the UK finale, where you’re basically being TOLD who the real star is that you’re supposed to vote for.


    UK X Factor, season 5:

    The ONLY good thing about these duets is that they aren’t as transparent as some of the UK duets, where you’re being TOLD subliminally who’s the star contestant you’re supposed to vote for.


    Eoghan Quigg: Boyzone
    JLS: Westlife
    Alexandra Burke: BEYONCE

    Overall, I just think it’s funny that the UK can get people like Rihanna, Christina, Beyonce etc. and the US gets Alanis, R Kelly and Avril?

  47. Bad Breaker says:

    Huh? Does this mean Chris will be singing Young Homie and Melanie will sing Listen?

  48. ana_muti says:

    Oh my holyo gosh almighty, I loved that song Josh just sang, omg was that an experience!

  49. Yo says:

    Sorry, Josh….that didn’t work. Enjoy the moment (because that is all there is).

  50. Missin them says:

    Brewer Boys! lol