The X Factor crowned its season three winner during a two-hour finale on Thursday night.
The way-too-long broadcast featured guest performances by Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Lea Michele, Pitbull and Ke$ha and One Direction. Unfortunately for the live audience, however, all were pre-taped with the exception of Pitbull's "Timber" and Lewis' sparkly holiday number, "One More Sleep."
If one were to cobble together a list of pros and cons relating to the just-concluded third go-round of The X Factor, the latter column would cast a long, sad shadow. The chemistry between the judging panel, while a little less zombified minus the wordless, baffled presence of Britney Spears, still had the spontaneity of diners at a crowded restaurant forced to share a table with strangers.
X Factor crowned its season three winner on Thursday night, ending a months-long competition that saw three finalists emerge: couple and duo Alex & Sierra, rocker Jeff Gutt and Latino crooner Carlito Olivero. The winner will receive a million dollar recording contract with Sony Music.
After three months of auditions, a nerve-wracking four-chair challenge, and weeks of performances and heartbreaking eliminations, it was down to the wire as the final three acts battled it out one last time on The X Factor.
“This is not about winning,” said Simon Cowell. “It’s about launching a career.”
The X Factor U.S. wraps its third season this week. The final three standing: duo Alex & Sierra, mentored by show creator and head judge Simon Cowell, Jeff Gutt, the last member of Kelly Rowland's team, and Carlito Olivero, coached by Paulina Rubio.
But no matter who wins on Thursday night, a bigger unknown still lingers: Will the singing competition be back?
It might have been a sleepy post-Turkey evening for most of America, but there was plenty of action on The X Factor as another double elimination knocked the top eight down to a final six.
Warning: spoilers ahead...
But before the drama began, the contestants were treated to a Thanksgiving dinner with their families along with a performance by judge Demi Lovato, who took to the stage for an electrifying performance of her latest hit, "Neon Lights."
The X Factor sent home two more hopefuls on Thursday and showcased a killer performance from its most successful act to date, One Direction.
Simon Cowell was still salty about the girls tough talk on Wednesday night and he was adamant that none of his groups would be going home. Paulina Rubio seemed a little on edge after the boys failed to impress and Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato anxiously awaited the results of America's vote.