The first-ever 'X Factor' winner will be crowned tonight. With Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene battling for the title, it's anyone's crown to take. PopCrush is going to be bold and predict that singer/rapper Chris Rene will walk away with the $5 million recording contract, the Pepsi commercial and the glory of being the winner of 'X Factor.' We watched every single performance, so we think our prediction is informed.
America, are you ready for a little Krajcik magic? We sure are!
The pressure is on on the 'X Factor' set as the final three contestants battle it out for the big win -- a $5 million recording contract -- and the trio couldn't be more varied. Singer-songwriter Josh Krajcik kicked off Wednesday's performances with a '90s-inspired tune, Alanis Morissette's 'Uninvited'... accompanied by a special guest.
Josh Krajcik, the final member of the over 30s group, performed Leonard Cohen's desperately, achingly beautiful 'Hallelujah' for his second song on tonight's semifinals episode of 'X Factor.' Seated at the piano, with star-kissed trees as his stage props, Krajcik -- known for his husky and soaring pipes -- exercised restraint for the first verse and chorus before absolutely erupting for a moment. The singer said in his pre-performance interview package that he wanted to connect with the fans, and his alternately subdued and emotionally simmering performance did exactly that.
Before Josh Krajcik emerged onto the stage for his first 'X Factor' performance tonight, Nicole Scherzinger prepped the audience. "America, get ready to come together." While we can't speak for America until tomorrow's results show, it appears that at least the judges heeded her instructions.
Tonight on the 'X Factor,' the contestants had the daunting challenge of taking on Michael Jackson songs. Some of the King of Pop's family members were in-house for the performances, including Jackson's brothers Marlon, Tito and Jermaine. What was even more intimidating for Josh Krajcik, who performed first, was that Jackson's mother Katherine was also there as were his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket.
Josh Krajcik performed a heartfelt rendition of Rolling Stones' 'Wild Horses' while seated at a piano on tonight's episode of 'X Factor.' Since the hopefuls were performing songs in tribute and giving thanks to people in their lives, Krajcik dedicated his performance to his daughter. His version of the song had the right amount of everything: passion, authenticity and God-given talent.