Chris Harrison has picked up plenty of experience as a reality show host thanks to his duties on ABC's 'The Bachelor" and its spin-off, "The Bachelorette."
“Initially I was hoping it would stay on the air for a few episodes because no one ever knows if something will resonate or not,” he told CNN. “But it has had this unbelievable run and has lasted a decade.”
“The Bachelor” returns on January 2, and with it comes another season of drama, tears and surprises. Otherwise known as exactly what die-hard fans want. “Ben [Flajnik, the new 'Bachelor'] is great…It’s an amazing ride for our show and probably one of the best,” said Harrison.
"X Factor" went out with a bang Thursday, announcing the winner of the season and bringing special joy to Simon Cowell, the show's creator. (Interestingly enough, the reality series also came in No. 1 among unscripted shows in ratings for the fall, according to Entertainment Weekly, surely only furthering Cowell's joy.)
Backstage interview with Melanie Amaro and Simon Cowell
It was a two-hour ride filled with great performances and flashbacks and teary-eyed stories from the people who knew the finalists best. We even got a chance to see the top 12 contestants revisit the stage. From Stacy Francis to Lakoda Rayne to Stereo Hoggz; they all sang the opening song together.
And then the show really began:
I only have one word to sum up “X Factor’s” season finale performance show, and it's "amazing." (OK, and one other word: Surprising!)
First up was Josh Krajcik. He took the stage and sang Alanis Morissette's “Uninvited.” But seconds into singing he stops and invites Alanis on stage to perform it with him.
At first it sounded a bit awkward, because both voices are so uniquely different, but toward the end it worked. And it worked well, with L.A. Reid calling Josh’s performance “surreal.”
Last night’s “X Factor” may have started with the final four - Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and Melanie Amaro – but before long, we were down to just three.
All four collaborated to sing the old R&B hit by Blackstreet, “No Diggity.” I think that group effort actually sounded better than usual because there were fewer contestants singing in unison. Plus it was nice to see Josh come out of genre and sing an R&B hit with the other three.
Next up was one of my favorite bands, Florence + The Machine, showcasing their latest single, “Spectrum,” from their second album. And then the show got down to business by letting all four contestants know which two acts were moving to the finals: Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro.
Another "New Year’s Rockin' Eve," another opportunity for Jenny McCarthy to make us laugh by doing the unexpected.
You may recall that during last year’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest," McCarthy was a reporter roaming the streets of New York. She wound up kissing who we thought was a random man, but it turned out to be her boyfriend at the time.
“Last year turned out to be an incredible experience for me,” McCarthy says. “It was like a bucket list dream come true.”
What in the world happened on "X Factor" last night? There was tension between the judges, two of the best performers on the show were kicked off, and Drew couldn't stop crying! It's getting so hard to watch this show.
Everything started off on a high note, with the seven remaining finalists singing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” together, and they all harmonized well. Marcus Canty, Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro really stood out. Their voices are so unique and refreshing.
And then the eliminations began:
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