The X Factor Episodes

2011, TV Show

The X Factor Episode: "Season Finale Part 2"

Season 1, Episode 26
Episode Synopsis: The winner is crowned in the conclusion of the season finale.
Original Air Date: Dec 22, 2011

The X Factor: And The Winner Is … Season 1, Episode 26

So how in heaven's name is it going to take two hours to tell one person, "You win!"? These talent-competition shows find a way, though — so did The X Factor.

First: Let's take a moment for a sartorial critique, shall we? Nicole is looking rather ethereal and goddesslike tonight, while Paula appears to have selected her outfit from the '80s prom section of the Salvation Army. The males look dapper and well-dressed, per usual.

The final 12 return! Laser lights abound, Drew has gone brunette, and the men all sound pretty terrible singing Lady Gaga. Melanie Amaro sings Mariah Carey's Christmas anthem (also known as "All I Want For Christmas (Is You)." We travel to her elementary school and her hair salon. We visit estranged family members, and lots of tears are shed.

Chris Rene sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." We visit Chris' son, his rehab counselor, and some skateboarding dudes who bring everyone to tears because of how far Chris has come in his recovery.

Josh Krajcik performs "Please Come Home For Christmas," and from the local diner to his high school, another emotional roller coaster ensues. Can we just give someone $5 million already?!

Justin Bieber and Stevie Wonder perform a duet, while 11-year-old girls all over America are bawling their eyes out, wondering who "that guy in sunglasses" is. The Biebs then invites Drew on stage to sing a verse with him (and hold his hand). OH EM GEE!

Well that was all fun and games, but now it's time to get rid of someone. And, ... it's Chris Rene.

Leona Lewis, 50 Cent, Neyo, and Pitbull all perform. The Los Angeles Lakers show up. Melanie and Josh do a duet.

But who has America chosen as the winner? It's Melanie Amaro!

And then that awkward thing happens where they make the winner sing a song while she's hysterical crying. But Melanie does so with elegance, and class — just as she's done for the duration of this competition.

"We came here to find a superstar, and we found a superstar," Simon Cowell says.

So what do you all think now that all is said and done? Was Melanie the most deserving winner?

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So how in heaven's name is it going to take two hours to tell one person, "You win!"? These talent-competition shows find a way, though — so did The X Factor.
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Premise: Solo artists and music groups compete for a $5 million recording contract. Based on the hit British competition series.

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