Someone's luck runs out on 'X Factor'
December 16th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Someone's luck runs out on 'X Factor'

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.

I was so surprised to see Josh Krajcik in the bottom two with Marcus Canty. Then again, I said the same thing when Drew, Astro and then Rachel Crow were knocked off the show, so really nothing should surprise me at this point.

Before we got to the elimination, we were treated to a song from “X Factor” judge and mentor Nicole Scherzinger, who performed “Pretty.” She put her heart into it and it showed.

And then it came down to Marcus or Josh. Based on viewers’ votes, the contestant who was voted off was Marcus Canty. That means Josh Krajcik stays, and that’s the way it should be!!

I like Canty, but this is NOT the first time he had to fight to stay on this show, which to me is a sign. Before leaving the stage, Canty said, “this is not the last time you will be seeing me.” Then his mentor L.A. Reid chimed in to say that he feels "connected" to the singer, and offered his supprt.

And so we now have the three finalists: Josh, Melanie and Chris! They’re all so good, but if I were a betting woman I would probably put my money on Melanie. She simply hasn’t had a bad performance. Next week’s “X Factor” should be a good one.

So do you agree that it was Marcus Canty’s time to go?

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  5. Nerissa

    IIsn't it all about "charisma" (x factor) to reach out to people and connect through singing and music? I think we have so much great singers/voices but the show must be looking for someone with the "X", meaning unique or rare talent not just great voices.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. suzibee

    These comments are AMAZING to me – Melanie is far superior to any other talent on this show – have you not been listening to her? The group song last week proved that beyond a doubt – she was the only one you could hear!!! She is heads above the rest and should win for her incredible voice whether you like her style or not – she has not had a bad performance on this show and her audition with LISTEN was one of the best covers I have ever heard from anyone....
    Everyone who wants Melanie to win has to VOTE VOTE VOTE and then VOTE AGAIN OVER AND OVER!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kinny fost

    i think melanie amaro should win this she got a voice like a angel

    December 19, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. treacherous

    I think Chris Rene should have went home long time ago...... he is your average singer...Josh is okay but not all that....Melanie is a STAR the next Whitney/Mariah.....when it comes down too it...Melanie will sell the most albums...I could see Chris doing alot of calloborations though...Josh is good, But Melanie that gurl rocks!!!!!!!!!!! SHE SHOULD WIN!!....AT LEAST XFACTOR TALENT IS SUPERIOR TO AMERICAN IDOLS!!!

    December 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. greg martin

    n his song Where Do We Go From Here, Chris Rene asks...Maybe we can take our chances, or maybe we can see what’s on your mind. I wonder if we look inside our hearts exactly what we’d find. Maybe we could take alotta pain away…maybe we could heal the world today. His words are...Simple. Beautiful. How to heal your own heart. That is Chris Rene's message. We've watched him heal in front of us from his first audition "Young Homie" which has over ten million views to this gem of a song. His transformation has been remarkable. Our ability to heal by opening up is so obvious yet so elusive. Chris makes it accessible to almost everyone. In those moments where you are carried away by his song, you heal too. People can feel it, experience it, and that is what they love about him. It is the best that we are.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. girlygurl

    Melanie hasnt had a bad performance?? Get real !!!!! She is a snooze fest!!!! Josh should win this, hands down!! LA Reid makes me want to gag..

    December 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nancy

    I wouls never buy Melanie's CD......we do not need another whitney/mariah/beeitchsay's been y'all jes go away.

    I would never by Chris's CD.........he can't sing worth beans

    I would buy Josh's CD in a heartbeat.....I love his voice and his interpretation of the songs he has performed so far on the show.

    GO JOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • girlygurl

      Agree!!!! I listened to some of his music on youtube!! He is great!! Will buy his CD for sure!!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leaderone

    Xfactor!!! Chris Rene cannot sing and he messed up in the group performance. the judges constantly remind him he does not have the best vocals in the show, so I guess the 5 mil would be for lessons...C'mon America listen for talent!! Josh is great and I really enjoy listening to him..We all knew Marcus was in trouble so I saw that coming,but Chris...really?

    December 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john doe

    Chris Rene can sing. Marcus needed to go home immediatly,Rachel,Astro,and Drew all needed to stay longer than him. I think they could have been the final three. Josh is all right. Melanie should have stayed home when Simon sent her home the first time. She could not sing Mariah Carey's "Hero" And Simon said he brought Melanie back because America thought he should,but when Rachel went home she and America had a FIT!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mahalkita

      melanie is so karaoke but simon won't mention that coz he's her mentor. Chris is just any other hiphop artist trying to be the next eminem and vanilla ice. And Josh is unique artist give him any song and he will sing it you fantastically.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. moon627

    First of all – Florence and the Machine were so off-key my ears were bleeding – just awful !!

    I think the 3 remaining contestants all deserve to be there. Each one is very good in their own way.

    I like Melanie's singing voice the best so i hope she wins. 🙂
    Chris is a hometown favorite and has already come so far. 😉
    But honestly, someone needs to tell Josh to clean his dirty hair 🙁

    December 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. mJenk

    Gosh we H8 you LoJenk. Your inane videos are ruining the blogs. Are you a tard or something?

    December 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Carol

    Josh was not necessarily in the bottom two.....they said that during the show, in fact they always say the names are called in no particular order. That was stated twice during this show.....surprised the author of this article didn't know that.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. juld

    Josh should win. He is a role model. He does not lie and does not do drugs.
    Marcus is probably the best loved son in the whole wide world. Just a good person all around.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. LoJenk

    December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Beth

    Absolutely not! "Voters leave Marcus Canty out of next weeks final three showdown", or did they? By viewer votes, Canty was never in the bottom two but was unfairly placed there to be eliminated by judges. Steve himself has always said prior to elimination, in part "no particular order, but the contestant who will be going home tonight is ....! We learned this when a judge could not make the decision to send Marcus home and voting went into deadlock sending the contestant with the lowest number of votes home. With that said Steve leaves us to wonder just where Canty did stand with viewer voting and if someone who was eliminated should still be a contestant and someone there should be gone.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      This was the fourth straight week in the bottom for marcus. How do you know the two weeks the judges saved him, he wasn't actaully the lowest vote getter.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. chimchim

    Josh is just rediculously bad.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • chickc

      Hey Chim-chump. Get a life. Dont comment if your hearing is impaired. Josh and Melanie are both incredible singers.

      December 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. chimchim

    I think Josh and Melanie are just horrible. They are terrible performers that are not as good as most lounge acts I have seen. Plus these 2 just act so pretentious. They should have never made it this far. They stink.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • getagrip

      you're an idiot

      December 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • youranidiot

      You clearly have no KNOWLEDGE OF GREAT TALENT!!!! Get a clue you damn indiot!!!!!!!!!!! MELANIE AND JOSH BOTH HAVE GREAT VOICES!! YOU APPARENTLY ARE A HATER!!!!

      December 19, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      and you are tone deaf and probably a Justin Bieber fan.

      December 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Art Vandolay

    Does anyone watch this awful show? Bring on American Idol, can Fox start it sooner than January? Maybe just cancel the remainder of XF and move onto AI. -Art

    December 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ann

    I agree, I think Josh should win! Melanie is so talented, she will continue with a career, but I feel this is Josh's last chance and he deserves the opportunity. Chris has heart but honestly, he can't sing.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. rhonda

    Marcus Canty should have gone home a long time ago... I am probably going to get alot of grief for saying this, but I just don't think the young man can sing.. And JOSH should have NEVER been in the bottom 2.. Chris is another one that should be going home.. Melanie and Josh are the 2 it will come down to.. I personally hope that Josh wins I think he is incredibly talented. but we shall see!

    December 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      The host of the show repeated several times that the finalist were named "in no particular order". Just because Josh was one of the last two standing doesn't mean he recieved less votes than the other two finalists. I think the producers did it that way for dramatic effect.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      You are so right! Josh is the best and should win!!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAPHNE

      Really!! You honestly think Josh can sing?? He's awful! Rachel should have been in his spot or the other clown that can't sing (rene). I sure hope Mel sing. She's been the best through out. I hope everyone else sees this too.!!!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • InternetSpy

      All you need to know about X-Factor

      December 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |

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