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The X Factor
Season 1
Broadcast from September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) – December 22, 2011 (2011-12-22)
Judges Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
L.A. Reid
Nicole Scherzinger
Cheryl Cole (Los Angeles & Chicago auditions)
Host(s) Steve Jones
Broadcaster Fox
Winner:
Melanie Amaro
Melanie Amaro 2013.jpg
Origin Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Song "Listen"
Genre(s) R&B, pop, dance
Runner-up
Josh Krajcik
Chronology
  2011

The X Factor is an American television music competition show to find the best new singing talent; the winner of which receives a $5 million recording contract with Epic Records.[1] The first season began airing on Fox on September 21, 2011 and concluded December 22, 2011. Melanie Amaro was announced as the winner, and Simon Cowell emerged as the winning mentor.

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; boot camp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in March 2011 and concluded in June 2011.[2] The show was hosted by Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones, while the original judging panel consisted of Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. Cole was later axed from the show after just two audition cities and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

An early preview of The X Factor aired during the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12, 2011. Another preview was shown following American football coverage on Fox on September 11. The show was simultaneously broadcast in Canada on CTV or CTV Two, depending on schedule.

Judges and hosts[edit]

At the time of announcing the U.S. version of The X Factor, Cowell was the only confirmed judge.[3] He later said that he was taking the choices of who to join him on the show very seriously, saying, "It's pointless hiring judges who don't know anything about the music business. I'll probably go and find someone who did what I did for a living. I was an A&R guy for 20 years."[4] Eventually, Grammy Award-winning record executive, songwriter, and record producer L.A. Reid,[5][6] former UK X Factor judge Cheryl Cole,[7][8] and Cowell's former American Idol colleague Paula Abdul[9][10] Numerous people were speculated to host the series, including High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and UK X Factor host Dermot O'Leary.[11][12] On May 8, 2011, Nicole Scherzinger and Welsh presenter Steve Jones were announced as co-hosts of the show.[13][14]

Season 1 host Steve Jones

On May 26, 2011, it was reported that Cole had been removed from the show and was set to be replaced by Scherzinger. Reports varied over whether she was fired because American audiences had trouble understanding her accent, because of a lack of chemistry between her and Abdul, or that she had stepped down herself due to homesickness.[15][16] Cole's departure was officially confirmed on June 6 in a statement from Fox, which also confirmed Scherzinger as her replacement. Jones would then serve as the sole presenter.[17] On August 5, 2011, Cowell announced that the reason why Cole left was because he offered her the job in the UK version back and he felt that she would have been comfortable there. He said that if her departure had anything to do with her not getting along with Abdul then he would not be judging the show.[18]

Selection process[edit]

Auditions[edit]

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Cities where the auditions were held.

Auditions for producers began in Los Angeles, California, on March 27, 2011, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. They then took place in Miami, Florida, on April 7, 2011, at the BankUnited Center and continued in Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center on April 14, 2011. More auditions took place in Seattle, Washington's KeyArena on April 20, 2011, and Chicago, Illinois's Sears Centre on April 27, 2011, and finished in Dallas, Texas's American Airlines Center on May 26, 2011.[19][20]

It was reported that The X Factor had broken the auditions record in Los Angeles on March 27.[21] It was reported that over 20,000 people auditioned in Newark, New Jersey,[22] and it was also reported that over 5,000 people auditioned in Seattle.[23]

The MyStudio HD audition booths opened in Honolulu, Hawaii; Phoenix, Arizona; Nashville, Tennessee; Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Kansas; and Denver, Colorado.[24] Originally scheduled to end on April 30, 2011, the booths' opening ended up being extended until May 8, 2011. After it was announced that people auditioning through this method was in such high demand, auditions at the booths' ended up being extended until May 15, 2011.

On June 3, Cowell announced that applicants could upload a video of them singing onto YouTube and it was opened for one week only (June 9).[25] Selected applicants would appear in front of the judges.

The last set of auditions took place during May and June, 2011. These auditions individually occur simultaneously before both the judges and a live studio audience; and with such audience in attendance able to applaud/cheer approval or disapproval and perhaps influencing the judges.[2] Cole served as a judge alongside Cowell, Abdul and Reid for the Los Angeles and Chicago auditions. However, Cole was axed and replaced by co-host Nicole Scherzinger from the Newark, New Jersey.

Audition city[19] Date Audition venue[2] Date aired Judging panel
Los Angeles, California May 8–9, 2011 Galen Center September 21, 2011 Simon Cowell
Cheryl Cole
Paula Abdul
L.A. Reid
Chicago, Illinois May 19–20, 2011 Sears Centre September 28, 2011
Newark, New Jersey June 8–9, 2011 Prudential Center September 29, 2011 Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Nicole Scherzinger
L.A. Reid
Miami, Florida June 14–15, 2011 BankUnited Center September 22, 2011
Dallas, Texas June 21–22, 2011 American Airlines Center September 22, 2011
Seattle, Washington June 28–30, 2011 KeyArena September 21 & 28, 2011

Auditions footage first aired on September 21, though they were not aired in the same order that they occurred.[26]

Boot camp[edit]

Day one of boot camp started with dance training with choreographer Brian Friedman and then the acts were called to the stage in groups of 10 to sing in front of the judges. After all of them performed, the acts were brought in front of the judges as part of one of three groups. Two of these groups made it through and one was eliminated, leaving 100 acts still in the competition. The judges threw a party for the remaining acts that for many lasted late into the night.

Day two started with everyone getting woken up at 6:00am and heading to meet Reid. He informed them that they would be put into "ensembles" and groups, and would be working with stylists, choreographers, and vocal coaches. They were given five hours to learn the songs they were given. One third of the acts would be eliminated by the end of the second day. Several of the ensembles performances were aired. The first ensemble performed "Creep", the second ensemble performed "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", the third ensemble performed "Desperado", the fourth ensemble performed "Wishing on a Star", the fifth ensemble performed "Superman (It's Not Easy)", the sixth ensemble performed "Feeling Good", the seventh ensemble performed "I Have Nothing" and the eighth ensemble performed "Run".

Day two continued with more ensembles performing for the judges. The ninth ensemble performed "What's Going On". Next, they showed a couple of quick shots of some ensembles, presumably consisting of all people that would not make it through to the end. The tenth ensemble that was covered in detail performed "I Won't Let Go". The eleventh (and final) ensemble performed "Chasing Cars". Next, the judges deliberated, and decided on which a third of the acts would be eliminated. Once again, three groups were brought in. Group 1 was eliminated, meaning groups 2 and 3 made it through to the next round of boot camp.

Day three had all 64 acts perform for the judges. They were given a list of 35 songs at the end of the day two and were told to choose one that best represented them. At the end of this final boot camp round, 32 acts would go through to judges' houses. This final performance was done in front of a crowd of 3,000 people. After each of the performances, the judges gave no feedback.

The first boot camp episode aired on October 5, 2011 and covered the first two days of boot camp.[26] The second bootcamp episode aired on October 6 and covered the rest of day two and the remainder of bootcamp. By the end of bootcamp, 162 acts were cut to 32, 8 acts in each category. The judges later found out which category they would mentor and their acts joined them at their house.

Judges' houses[edit]

Enrique Iglesias helped Scherzinger to pick her finalists in Malibu, California and Pharrell Williams acted as a guest judge helping Abdul to pick her finalists in Santa Barbara, California. Rihanna helped L.A. Reid choose his finalists in The Hamptons. Mariah Carey was contracted to aid Cowell in France, but was unable to attend due to Hurricane Irene grounding her flight to Paris, so Cowell was instead assisted by three vocal coaches.[27]

In the United States, footage from judges' houses was originally scheduled to air on October 12, 13 and 18. However, due to weather delaying the start of the 2011 American League Championship Series, the footage from judges' houses 1 was moved to October 13, with footage from judges' houses 2 seen instead on October 16. The footage from judges' houses 3 aired on October 18 as scheduled and featured footage of the judges revealing their four finalists (or five in the case of Cowell) in each category to take through to the live shows. In Canada, the judges' houses 1 episode was broadcast as originally scheduled on October 12.[28] No episode was shown in Canada on October 13, with CTV and CTV Two opting to follow Fox's scheduling changes to take advantage of simultaneous substitution rules.

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Assistant Contestants eliminated
Abdul Groups Santa Barbara Pharrell Williams 2Squar'd, 4Shore, The Anser, Illusion Confusion
Cowell Girls France Three vocal coaches Melanie Amaro, Caitlin Koch, Jazzlyn Little, Tora Woloshin
Reid Boys The Hamptons Rihanna Skyelor Anderson, Tim Cifers, Brennin Hunt, Nick Voss
Scherzinger Over 30s Malibu Enrique Iglesias Tiger Budbill, Christa Collins, Elaine Gibbs, James Kenney

Melanie Amaro was initially eliminated from the Girls' category, but was invited back to the competition after Cowell decided he had made a mistake in not including her, bringing the total number of finalists to 17.[29]

Finalists[edit]

The final 17 finalists were confirmed as follows;

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Reid) Astro Marcus Canty Phillip Lomax Chris Rene
Girls (Cowell) Melanie Amaro Simone Battle Rachel Crow Drew Tiah Tolliver
Over 30s (Scherzinger) LeRoy Bell Stacy Francis Dexter Haygood Josh Krajcik
Groups (Abdul) The Brewer Boys InTENsity Lakoda Rayne The Stereo Hogzz

Live shows[edit]

The first two-and-a-half hour live show aired on a special Tuesday time slot on October 25; which followed the same format as the latest series of the UK show with each of the judges narrowing their number of acts down to three, without a public vote. The public vote started with the following performance and results shows starting November 2, which aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively (except for the live shows on November 22 and 23, that aired on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively during Thanksgiving). The two-part finale was held on December 21 and 22.[30][31] Leona Lewis, the winner of series 3 of the UK X Factor, confirmed during an interview with The Sun that she had been invited to perform on one of the live shows.[32]

There was no guest performance during the first week. The second live result show featured a performance from Outasight. Jessie J and Willow Smith performed on the third live results show, while the fourth live results show featured a performance from Rihanna. Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars performed on the fifth live result show while Tinie Tempah performed on the sixth live result show. Mary J. Blige and Lenny Kravitz performed on the seventh live results show while Florence + The Machine and X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger performed on the semi-final results show. The final featured performances from Justin Bieber, Leona Lewis, 50 Cent, Stevie Wonder, Pitbull and Ne-Yo.

Results summary[edit]

Color key
     – Contestant was eliminated by their mentor (no public vote or final showdown)
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
     – Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Melanie Amaro Saved 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st Winner
Josh Krajcik Saved 3rd 6th 3rd 1st 4th 3rd 3nd Runner-up
Chris Rene Saved 7th 7th 5th 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd
Marcus Canty Saved 5th 9th 7th 7th Bottom three 4th 4th Eliminated (week 8)
Rachel Crow Saved 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th Eliminated (week 7)
Drew Saved Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom three Eliminated (week 6)
Astro Saved Safe Safe Bottom two Safe 7th Eliminated (week 6)
LeRoy Bell Saved 8th 5th 6th 8th Eliminated (week 5)
Lakoda Rayne Saved Safe Bottom two Safe 9th Eliminated (week 5)
Stacy Francis Saved 6th 8th Bottom two Eliminated (week 4)
The Stereo Hogzz Saved Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated (week 3)
InTENsity Saved Bottom two Eliminated (week 2)
Simone Battle Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Tiah Tolliver Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Dexter Haygood Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
The Brewer Boys Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Phillip Lomax Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Final showdown None1 InTENsity,
The Stereo Hogzz
Lakoda Rayne,
The Stereo Hogzz
Astro,
Francis
Bell,
Canty
Canty,
Drew
Canty,
Crow
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Save Eliminate
Reid's vote Astro,
Canty,
Rene
InTENsity The Stereo Hogzz Francis Bell Drew Crow
Scherzinger's vote Francis,
Krajcik,
Bell
InTENsity The Stereo Hogzz Astro Canty Drew Crow
Abdul's vote The Stereo Hogzz,
Lakoda Rayne,
InTENsity
InTENsity Lakoda Rayne Francis Canty Drew Canty
Cowell's vote Drew,
Crow,
Amaro
The Stereo Hogzz The Stereo Hogzz Francis Bell Canty Canty
Eliminated Phillip Lomax
by Reid
InTENsity
3 of 4 votes
Majority
The Stereo Hogzz
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Stacy Francis
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Lakoda Rayne
Public vote
to save
Astro
Public Vote
to save
Rachel Crow
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Marcus Canty
Public vote
to save
Chris Rene
Public vote
to win
The Brewer Boys
by Abdul
Dexter Haygood
by Scherzinger
LeRoy Bell
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Drew
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Josh Krajcik
Public vote
to win
Simone Battle
by Cowell
Tiah Tolliver
by Cowell
Reference(s) [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [citation needed]
  • ^1 There was no public vote in the first week and therefore no final showdown. Each judge was required to reduce their number of acts to three.[41]

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (October 25)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song[42] Result[33]
Astro 1 "Jump" Safe
Chris Rene 2 "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Safe
Phillip Lomax 3 "I'm a Believer" Eliminated
Marcus Canty 4 "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" Safe
The Stereo Hogzz 5 "Try a Little Tenderness" Safe
The Brewer Boys 6 "Rich Girl" / "Faith" Eliminated
InTENsity 7 "The Clapping Song" / "Footloose" Safe
Lakoda Rayne 8 "Come On Eileen" Safe
Dexter Haygood 9 "Womanizer" / "I Kissed a Girl" Eliminated
LeRoy Bell 10 "Nobody Knows" Safe
Stacy Francis 11 "One More Try" Safe
Josh Krajcik 12 "Forever Young" Safe
Simone Battle 13 "Just Be Good to Me" Eliminated
Rachel Crow 14 "Where Did Our Love Go" / "Baby" Safe
Drew 15 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Safe
Tiah Tolliver 16 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Eliminated
Melanie Amaro 17 "I Have Nothing" Safe
  • There was no public vote in the first week. Instead, each of the judges selected one (or two for Cowell) of their own acts to eliminate.
Judges' decisions to eliminate[33]
  • Reid: Phillip Lomax – gave no reason
  • Abdul: The Brewer Boys – gave no reason
  • Scherzinger: Dexter Haygood – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver – the decision came down to Simone Battle, Melanie Amaro and Tiah Tolliver; and Cowell believed that Amaro has the potential to win the competition

Week 2 (November 2/3)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song[44] Result[34]
The Stereo Hogzz 1 "Rhythm Nation" Bottom two
Chris Rene 2 "Superstar" Safe
LeRoy Bell 3 "I'm Already There" Safe
Rachel Crow 4 "Walking on Sunshine" Safe
Lakoda Rayne 5 "Landslide" Safe
Josh Krajcik 6 "Jar of Hearts" Safe
Melanie Amaro 7 "Desperado" Safe
Astro 8 "Hip Hop Hooray" / "Get Ur Freak On" Safe
InTENsity 9 "Kids in America" / "Party Rock Anthem" Bottom two
Drew 10 "Just a Dream" Safe
Marcus Canty 11 "Nothin' on You" / "Every Little Step" Safe
Stacy Francis 12 "Up to the Mountain" Safe
Final showdown details[34]
The Stereo Hogzz 1 "Emotion" Safe
InTENsity 2 "My Life Would Suck Without You" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[34]
  • Cowell: The Stereo Hogzz – based on the final showdown performance
  • Abdul: InTENsity – based her decision on her experience working with both groups
  • Scherzinger: InTENsity – believed that The Stereo Hogzz were more prepared
  • Reid: InTENsity – gave no reason

Week 3 (November 9/10)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song[46] Movie[46] Result[35]
Stacy Francis 1 "Queen of the Night" The Bodyguard Safe
Marcus Canty 2 "I'm Going Down" Car Wash Safe
Drew 3 "Fix You" You, Me and Dupree Safe
LeRoy Bell 4 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Runaway Bride Safe
Lakoda Rayne 5 "Somebody Like You" How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Bottom two
Astro 6 "Lose Yourself" 8 Mile Safe
Melanie Amaro 7 "Man in the Mirror" Michael Jackson's This Is It Safe
The Stereo Hogzz 8 "Ain't No Other Man" Get Smart Bottom two
Josh Krajcik 9 "With a Little Help from My Friends" Across the Universe Safe
Chris Rene 10 "Gangsta's Paradise" Dangerous Minds Safe
Rachel Crow 11 "I'd Rather Go Blind" Cadillac Records Safe
Final showdown details[35]
Lakoda Rayne 1 "No Air" Safe
The Stereo Hogzz 2 "You Are Not Alone" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[35]
  • Reid: The Stereo Hogzz – said he didn't like their song choices through the competition
  • Scherzinger: The Stereo Hogzz – based on her belief of "feminine empowerment", even though she liked both groups
  • Abdul: Lakoda Rayne – originally wished to abstain from voting, but then realized that doing so would have eliminated The Stereo Hogzz as Reid and Scherzinger had already voted to save Lakoda Rayne
  • Cowell: The Stereo Hogzz – based on who he thought had a greater potential to win the competition

Week 4 (November 16/17)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song[citation needed] Result[36]
LeRoy Bell 1 "We've Got Tonight" Safe
Rachel Crow 2 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Safe
Chris Rene 3 "No Woman, No Cry" / "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" Safe
Stacy Francis 4 "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Bottom two
Melanie Amaro 5 "Everybody Hurts" Safe
Josh Krajcik 6 "The Pretender" Safe
Astro 7 "I'll Be Missing You" Bottom two
Lakoda Rayne 8 "Your Love" / "Go Your Own Way" Safe
Drew 9 "With or Without You" Safe
Marcus Canty 10 "Piece of My Heart" Safe
Final showdown details[36]
Stacy Francis 1 "Amazing Grace" Eliminated
Astro 2 "Never Can Say Goodbye" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[36]
  • Reid: Stacy Francis – backed his own act, Astro, but said he was disappointed in the attitudes of both finalists.
  • Scherzinger: Astro – backed her own act, Stacy Francis
  • Abdul: Stacy Francis – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Stacy Francis – told Astro that he didn't like his attitude and that he was showing disrespect, but believed Astro had a better chance of winning the competition

Week 5 (November 22/23)[edit]

The Pepsi Choice Group performance was chosen by the audience and included circus outfits along with a rotating stage and laser special effects in a hip-hop dance style.

Two acts were eliminated during the results show. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced, and the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown and faced the judges' votes.[50]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song[citation needed] Result[37]
Rachel Crow 1 "I Believe" Safe
Marcus Canty 2 "A Song for Mama" Bottom three
Melanie Amaro 3 "The World's Greatest" Safe
Chris Rene 4 "Let It Be" / "Young Homie" Safe
Lakoda Rayne 5 "You Belong with Me" Eliminated
LeRoy Bell 6 "Angel" Bottom three
Astro 7 "Show Me What You Got" Safe
Drew 8 "Skyscraper" Safe
Josh Krajcik 9 "Wild Horses" Safe
Final showdown details[37]
Marcus Canty 1 "You Lost Me" Safe
LeRoy Bell 2 "Don't Let Me Down" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[37]
  • Reid: LeRoy Bell – backed his own act, Marcus Canty, and said Canty had been the most consistent of the two
  • Scherzinger: Marcus Canty – backed her own act, LeRoy Bell
  • Abdul: Marcus Canty – based on the final showdown performance
  • Cowell: LeRoy Bell – believed Canty had done better overall in the competition, but thought Bell sang better in the final showdown, so he put the decision up to the public.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Bell was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[37]

Week 6 (November 30/December 1)[edit]

Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine; his three children Prince, Paris, and Blanket; and his brothers Marlon, Tito, and Jackie were present in the audience during the performance show.[52]

As in the previous week, two acts were eliminated during the results show. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced, and the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown and faced the judges' votes.[53]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song[citation needed] Result[38]
Josh Krajcik 1 "Dirty Diana" Safe
Astro 2 "Black or White" Eliminated
Drew 3 "Billie Jean" Bottom three
Rachel Crow 4 "Can You Feel It" Safe
Marcus Canty 5 "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Bottom three
Chris Rene 6 "I'll Be There" Safe
Melanie Amaro 7 "Earth Song" Safe
Final showdown details[38]
Drew 1 "Listen to Your Heart" Eliminated
Marcus Canty 2 "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[38]
  • Reid: Drew – backed his own act, Marcus Canty
  • Cowell: Marcus Canty – backed his own act, Drew, while also taking responsibility for her being in the final showdown
  • Scherzinger: Drew – felt that Canty gave a more emotional final showdown performance
  • Abdul: Drew – said that Canty's final showdown song moved her more

Week 7 (December 7/8)[edit]

Nervo served as the house DJs for the first song of the night. Originally, the second song was going to be chosen by the public as part of the Pepsi Challenge,[54][55] however, due to technical problems that happened with the Pepsi Challenge the night before the performance show, that feature was delayed to Week 8 and executive producers told that the contestants had only 24 hours to choose another song.[citation needed]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order First song[citation needed] Order Second song[citation needed] Result[39]
Melanie Amaro 1 "Someone Like You" 6 "When You Believe" Safe
Marcus Canty 2 "Ain't Nobody" 7 "A Song for You" Bottom two
Rachel Crow 3 "Nothin' on You" 8 "Music and Me" Bottom two
Josh Krajcik 4 "We Found Love" 9 "Something" Safe
Chris Rene 5 "Live Your Life" 10 "Where Do We Go from Here" Safe
Final showdown details[39]
Marcus Canty 1 "I'm Going Down" Safe
Rachel Crow 2 "I'd Rather Go Blind" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[39]
  • Reid: Rachel Crow – backed his own act, Marcus Canty
  • Cowell: Marcus Canty – gave no reason, but effectively backed his own act, Rachel Crow
  • Abdul: Marcus Canty – said that Crow's final showdown performance blew her away
  • Scherzinger: Rachel Crow – couldn't make the decision on her own so put the decision to deadlock

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Crow was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. Scherzinger was booed by the audience after Crow's elimination.[39]

Week 8: Semi-final (December 14/15)[edit]

Each contestant performed two songs.

Choices for Pepsi Challenge
Act Song choices[57] Result
Drew "Secrets" N/A (already eliminated)
"Wherever You Will Go" N/A (already eliminated)
"Breakeven" N/A (already eliminated)
Melanie Amaro "Hero" Chosen
"I Didn't Know My Own Strength" Not chosen
"The Voice Within" Not chosen
Rachel Crow "Forget You" N/A (already eliminated)
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" N/A (already eliminated)
"Valerie" N/A (already eliminated)
Astro "Gold Digger" N/A (already eliminated)
"Mama Said Knock You Out" / "Stop Looking at My Mom" N/A (already eliminated)
"Dirt off Your Shoulder" N/A (already eliminated)
Chris Rene "My Love Is Your Love" Not chosen
"Angel" Not chosen
"Fly" Chosen
Marcus Canty "We Belong Together" Not chosen
"Saving All My Love for You" Not chosen
"I'll Make Love to You" Chosen
Josh Krajcik "Chasing Pavements" Not chosen
"Everytime You Go Away" Not chosen
"Come Together" Chosen
Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order First song[58] Order Second song[58] Result[40]
Marcus Canty 1 "I'll Make Love to You" 5 "Careless Whisper" Eliminated
Chris Rene 2 "Fly" 6 "No One" Safe
Melanie Amaro 3 "Hero" 7 "Feeling Good" Safe
Josh Krajcik 4 "Come Together" 8 "Hallelujah" Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Canty, was automatically eliminated.[40]

Week 9: Final (December 21/22)[edit]

The final lasted for 1.5 hours on Wednesday, December 21 and 2 hours on Thursday, December 22.

December 21

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order First song (duet) Order Second song
Josh Krajcik 1 "Uninvited" (with Alanis Morissette) 4 "At Last"
Chris Rene 2 "Complicated" (with Avril Lavigne) 5 "Young Homie"
Melanie Amaro 3 "I Believe I Can Fly" (with R. Kelly) 6 "Listen"

December 22

Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order Song Result[citation needed]
Melanie Amaro 1 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Winner
Chris Rene 2 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Third place
Josh Krajcik 3 "Please Come Home for Christmas" Runner-up

Reception[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Ep. # Episode Airdate Rating Share Rating/share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
1 Auditions 1 September 21 7.2[61] 12 4.4/12 12.49 #1 #2
2 Auditions 2 September 22 7.0[62] 11 4.3/11 12.51[63] #1 #2
3 Auditions 3 September 28 6.9[64] 11 4.1/11 11.86 #1 #2
4 Auditions 4 September 29 6.9[65] 11 3.9/11 12.17 #1 #2
5 Bootcamp 1 October 5 6.8[66] 11 4.1/11 11.93[67] #1 #2
6 Bootcamp 2 October 6 7.0[68] 11 4.0/11 11.67[69] #1 #1
7 Judges' houses 1 October 13[Note 1] 6.4 10 3.7/10 11.24[70] #1 #1
8 Judges' houses 2 October 16[Note 1] 10 3.4/10 8.84[71] #1 #2
9 Live show 1 October 18 10 3.9/10 10.39[72] #1 #1
10 Live show/results 1 October 25 7.0 12 4.4/12 12.09[73] #1 #1
11 Live show 2 November 2 6.8 11 4.0/11 11.76[74] #1 #1
12 Live results 2 November 3 6.4 11 3.7/11 11.64[75] #2 #2
13 Live show 3 November 9 10 3.8/10 10.25[76] #2 #2
14 Live results 3 November 10 9 3.3/9 10.13[77] #2 #4
15 Live show 4 November 16 10 3.9/10 11.31[78] #1 #2
16 Live results 4 November 17 9 3.1/9 9.71[79] #2 #3
17 Live show 5 November 22 5.8[80] 9 3.2/9 9.43[81] #2 #3
18 Live results 5 November 23 8 2.5/8 8.51[82] #2 #3
19 Live show 6 November 30 10 3.7/10 11.05[83] #1 #1
20 Live results 6 December 1 6.0[84] 9 3.1/9 10.34[85] #1 #1
21 Live show 7 December 7 9 3.4/9 10.70[86] #1 #3
22 Live results 7 December 8 8 2.9/8 9.84[87] #2 #3
23 Live show 8 December 14 9 3.4/9 10.69[88] #1 #3
24 Live results 8 December 15 9 2.9/9 9.87[89] #1 #2
25 Live final December 21 6.9[90] 10 3.3/10 11.23[91] #1 #1
26 Live final results December 22 7.5[92] 11 3.8/11 12.59[93] #1 #1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Due to a weather delay of the start of the fourth game of 2011 American League Championship Series on October 12, 2011 (also broadcast on Fox), the judges' houses 1 episode, which was originally scheduled for October 12, was moved back a day to October 13. The judges' houses 2 episode was originally scheduled for October 13 and so was also moved to October 16. The time-delay version shown in the UK was also delayed to avoid the results being shown outside of the U.S. first.

Controversy[edit]

Rachel Crow's elimination[edit]

In week 7, Scherzinger voted to eliminate contestant Rachel Crow from the show over Marcus Canty; this took the results to deadlock. Following this, Crow was eliminated and Scherzinger was booed off the stage and her future on the show was put in jeopardy.[95] She subsequently received death threats from some viewers.[96] Scherzinger was let go at the end of the season and later relocated London to replace Kelly Rowland as a judge on the original UK version of the show.

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