“The X Factor” is just a day away from crowning its first ever U.S. winner and handing a $5 million prize over to Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik or Chris Rene. But let’s take a look back at some of the best and worst things from this season.
Nicole biffs it
It seemed a lock that Rachel Crow would survive her first trip to the final two after her awesome performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind.” But when Nicole Scherzinger had a chance to save Crow for certain and send Marcus Canty home, the judge punted on the responsibility. When it came down to who America voted for, Canty was saved and Rachel Crow collapsed in a pool of tears. — David Eckstein
Simon Cowell loses his mind
So, remember Tiah Tolliver, the crazy, not-that-good-of-a-singer girl that Simon went absolutely bonkers over? Yeah, what was that about? He got borderline pathological about her, especially in regards to Paula and Nicole (rightly) thinking she wasn’t good enough. We miss “Idol” Simon. This Simon is weird. — Andrea Reiher
I’m taking my ball and going home!
It’s not often that participants on reality shows consider quitting during a broadcast. But Brian “Astro” Bradley did just that the first time he ended up in the bottom two. First the teen rapper took the stage and says, “I really don’t want to perform, I feel it’s unnecessary.” He later says to Simon Cowell, “No disrespect to you or this show, but I just feel like if you’re going to put me in the bottom two, I don’t want to perform for you or the people who put me here.” Despite his on air comments, he was voted through to the next week. — David Eckstein
Maybe we should re-think that age limit thing …
So, when all of the youngest contestants (Astro, Drew and Rachel) ended up in the bottom 2, they could barely hold it together to perform and then when they were actually eliminated, it was completely off-the-rails. Astro was just mad and had a bit of a fit, while Rachel and Drew just cried and cried. It was actually pretty gross to watch – who wants to be a voyeur as a young teenager bawls to her mother? Maybe these situations are too much for kids that young. — Andrea Reiher
Original songs are the way to go
For most of the competition Chris Rene had performed hip-hop tunes, so it was a huge surprise when he walked out on stage with just a guitar and a stool and stole the night. It was Rene’s performance of his own song “Where Do We Go From Here” that changed people’s perception of the Santa Cruz native. He went from being a one-trick pony into a bonafide contender in just minutes. — David Eckstein
You can ring my bell-ell-ell, ring my bell
It’s impossible to believe that LeRoy Bell is 60. Seriously. Have you seen him? That’s probably the biggest shocker of the entire competition. He’s so not 60. We’re guessing mid-40s. Or perhaps he’s found the Fountain of Youth and not told anyone. — David Eckstein
We’re really just missing a naked man dancing for five minutes. Oh, wait …
Remember the naked audition guy? The one who dropped his pants and waggled around stage? It was bad enough this guy even got on TV at all, but the show broadcast it for at least five minutes. We expected better of you, “X Factor.” But I guess we shouldn’t have. — Andrea Reiher