X Factor 2 – The Finale! Results, Recap and Videos

I honestly didn’t think X Factor could get any weirder than it was last year. I WAS WRONG. Crying teenagers, a stiff host (RIP Steve Jones) an hysterical judge (UGH Nicole Sherzinger) were not all that could go wrong with a competition reality show, I learned.

Watching X Factor 2 was a deeply weird and surreal experience. At first, I was totally gung ho about the new season. Simon was retooling, and with the brand new judges, perhaps the chemistry would be better than S1, where Paula and Nicole were treated like idiot children by Simon and LA. Steve the stiff would hopefully be replaced by a lively and fun duo. I attended the Providence audition and, quite frankly, had a blast. I was excited.

And to that end, I actually enjoyed the audition phase of the competition. I really dug that the episodes were shot on film, giving the shows a cinema verite feel. And although much of it was obviously staged, the storylines were often compelling. Demi and Simon were hilarious frenzies. Britney’s faces were hysterical. And there was some great talent up on stage. But it all fell apart when the live shows began.

Frustratingly, the problem was not the talent, but how they were managed by the producers. Talented performers like Lyric 145, Jennel Garcia and Vino Alan were done in by horrible song choices and advice from those around them. X Factor turned into a parody of itself, and it’s no wonder the ratings dropped. I tried to enjoy it as the over the top trainwreck it had become, but the obvious manipulation ruined any attempt just to sit back and enjoy. The way Simon punted Vino Alan–who played right into his and LA’s hands–was gross to witness.

And anyway, as the season wound down, it just became BORING. Announcing the results order, beginning with which contestant earned the most votes, was interesting in principal. Who wasn’t surprised that Tate was at the top of the list that first week? But, unfortunately, it ultimately served to telegraph the winner early in the game. Thankfully, there was a little bit of competition around the 3rd spot. But I have to wonder, if Simon had let Vino be, would he have wound up in the top 3? That was the other thing–revealing the leader board made the backroom manipulations even more obvious.

The Simon/Demi dynamic began to feel forced and verged on annoying. Britney, who could barely reveal emotion, had nothing to say to contestants beyond a few recycled platitudes. NOT earning her 15 million dollars! And the combo of Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez as hosts was a complete and utter failure. Mario is a capable host, but he had ZERO chemistry with Khloe, who was a joke. Her inability to master even the hosting 101 stuff, like reading the teleprompter, and her tone-deaf interviewing style, likened her to a living breathing SNL skit.

There were certainly highlights during the season. It was cool to watch the sweet girls of Fifth Harmony eventually prevail over Simon’s favorites, the douchy Emblem3, simply on the strength of their vocals. Early on, Lyric 145 brought some real flair and originality to the competition. As much as I bagged on CeCe Frey, her love-to-hate persona was entertaining. Carly Rose had several outstanding, relevant, performances–including “Rolling in the Deep” and “As Long As You Love Me.”

But as we lumbered toward the finale, and it was crystal clear who was going to win, I had pretty much had it. Tate Stevens may or may not become a successful country artist. To me, his sound was radio friendly, but totally generic. Simon better hook up with some Nashville peeps who know what the hell they are doing, or Tate’s launch is going to be tragic.

Carly Rose is a precocious phenomenon. She reminds me of Glee star, Lea Michele. I think Carly would have been better off on Lea’s path–stage work until she hit her 20s. Lea has obviously learned so much from her years in the business, but she didn’t hit the big time until she was ripe and ready. Carly still has some maturing to do. At this point, her best bet would be to do age appropriate gigs like Disney, and maybe have a career trajectory similar to Demi Lovato’s (sans the eating disorder).

Fifth Harmony and Emblem3 certainly have a shot at success. But again. GOOD SONGS. Simon managed it for One Direction, so there is hope for these kids.

Back to tonight’s finale. It was a handful of performances, results and a bunch of filler. In other words, a total snoozer. The so-called “superstar” duets from last night, should have been performed tonight–for fun, when there was nothing at stake. That way, the LeAnn Rimes debacle would have been humorous, rather than a disaster for poor Carly. Simon could really only get two musical acts for the finale? Fail. As much as I mocked the opening bit with the limos, it was actually cheesy fun (minus the horrible Beatles cover). The Christmas tunes were also entertaining. Like the Idol finale, the rest of the Top 13 should have been highlighted. Nigel learned that the audience WANTS TO SEE THEIR IDOLS ON STAGE. The group numbers and superstar duets with the finalists who have already been eliminated are the best part of the Idol finale. Even The Voice producers get it.

X Factor US is a rapidly sinking ship. No wonder LA is jumping off. And I’m not sure Simon is the person to fix it.

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X Factor begins with the cameras out on the red carpet. Khloe  and Mario meet the judges (awkwardly) as they step out of limos. LA is first. Demi is next. She tells Mario that she thinks ate has a really good chance to win. Khloe paws Simon’s chest hair as he exits his limo. EWWWWW. Britney grabs her stomach as if the rubber-looking dress she is wearing is too tight. Pitbull feels great. The screaming is getting a little louder…guess WHO! One Direction pops out of their limo. Their hair is stunning. Well, except for the one with the buzz cut.

Pitbull and One Direction will perform tonight.

The X Factor judges take the stage to “The Final Countdown.” SOOO CORNY. The X Factor Top 3 are introduced. Whoops. Where are they? Khloe and Mario look around confused. Mario tries to cover up the gaffe by saying they are probably busy signing deals. Right. OK let’s try that cue again! The cameras take us outside. AND IT’S TIME TO DESTROY ANOTHER BEATLES’ SONG! Hooray. And by HOORAY I mean. PLZ GOD NOOOOO. The rest of the Top 13 join in as the Top 3 make their way to the stage lip syncing singing a super peppy version of “All You Need is Love.”

First bit of filler!  It’s a video clip featuring LA Reid and his funny funny hand gestures set to The Nutcracker. Mario says he’s “like a conductor” at the judges table.

LA  introduces his act, Tate Stevens who sings the holiday classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles. Oh look. Dancing Santa Angels.  Tate delivers the tune in his typical generic way. The Dancing Santa Angels begin dancing around him and it looks super redic.

LA tells Tate that he’s done an amazingly consistent job. Is that high praise from a mentor?

Back at the home town. DID SOMEONE JUST CALL HIM “TATER PIE” I think they did. PLEASE PLEASE BRING that crazy lady biggest fan back. We hear from Tate’s family. You know, the wife HE LOVES SO MUCH. That’s the singer’s cue to cry. He loses it when his mama or someone reminisces about little tater pie playing a plastic guitar.  His crying and sobbing children expressing their love totally puts him over the edge.

There were over 35 million votes last night. The FIRST RESULT IS COMING REAL SOON. Please. Cause this filler is killing me. Now, a montage of Simon being REAL REAL MEAN. Guess the song! “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.”

Simon Cowell introduces his act, Fifth Harmony, whom he calls “my favorite little group of the moment.” Yeah, now they are. because your pimped favorites, Emblem3 tanked. The girls sing “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” dressed in red and white winter outfits. There’s falling snow. AND PONIES. Check them out dancing with candy canes. They sing and dance around Simon’s chair and it’s kinda creepy. This performance is full of missed notes and off key singing. Oops. Simon says he’s very proud of his girls. “My fingers are very very crossed for you tonight.” As if he doesn’t know. Now it’s time for the Video Package of tears, as their frinds and family tell them how proud they are and how much they love them. What are they doing to these family members to get them all to cry?

OMG BRITNEY IS SHAKING AND CRYING.

Back from break and it’s time for a montage of BRITNEY FACES. Of course.

And now, Britney introduces Carly Rose Sonenclar who sings “All I Want For Christmas is You.” She’s got dancing drummer boys. And yeah..they are little kids busting hip hop moves. Her rendition of the song is a little…sluggish? There’s something about Carly–she NEVER seems energetic, even when she kinda tries. Britney gives her girl a golf clap. No. Really. TIME FOR THE VIDEO OF SOBS from Carly’s friends and family. Carly has been taking piano lessons for 5 years. FUN FACT.  Wow. This is a very reserved family. Nobody is crying.

The poor fans who are stuck outside watching the finale on a big screen TV are interviewed by Robo-Khloe. Mario promises we are MOMENTS AWAY from the first elimination. Your promises are hollow, Mario.

Time to announce the Third Place finishers! The judges and their acts take the stage. Finishing in 3rd place IS…Fifth Harmony. No surprise there. Let’s look back at Fifth Harmony’s INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.

Khloe (awkwardly) interviews the Top 2 and their families backstage. How many different ways can Robo-Khloe ask the same question? And how sick are the finalists of being asked “how are you feeling…” How the eff do you THINK they feel Khloe!

Now a video package taking us through the entire season set to Florence + The Machine’s “Shake it Out.” The judges had an amazing experience. AMAZING. Simon says working with the groups has been a blast. He calls last year’s groups a “disaster.” POOR PAULER.

More horrible, endless Khloe interviews, now with the rest of the Top 13. Blah blah blah. MOST BORING FINALE EVERRRR. Can we just crown Tate and get it over with?

The first musical guest finally arrives. It’s Pitbull singing “Don’t Stop the Party”. Well, it hasn’t begun yet, so NO PROBLEM THERE.

Mario says that after the break, we’re going to take a look back at this “incredible season.” Haven’t we been doing that endlessly all night?

Now it’s time for the Demi vs Simon video package. Oh look. It’s Simon coming back LATE from his cig break.

Next, One Direction sings their next pop smash, “Kiss You”. Ramps lead to the top of a giant plastic set of lips. And they are kind of scary. A video screen playing trippy/cheesy videos is embedded in the open lips. Weird. The song has a super 80′s power pop vibe. I make fun of the boys A LOT but if I’m being perfectly honest, I find their tunes totally infectious. I certainly don’t punch them off when they come on my car radio.

Mario asks the boys, as X Factor UK veterans, what the contestants are feeling. Wouldn’t that be “f*ck we were eliminated!” Because, like Fifth Harmony, the boys came in 3rd place in their season.

Ugh. These endless interviews. Khloe is back outside talking to fans. THIS IS NOT FUN.

Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens take the stage for a duet. Oh boy. They sing “The Climb.” Carly has NO head voice. She sounds super weak in falsetto. Whoa. Tate is kinda pitchy. This is not the right song for him. PLEASE DON’T MAKE THEM SING TOGETHER. Here. Comes. The. Gospel. Choir. Nope. They never sing together. Thank you higher power. Regardless, it was still pretty terrible.

OK HERE WE GO RESULTS. Carly Rose, Tate and their mentors take the stage.  And the winner is….TATE STEVENS. Of course.  So LA leaves the X Factor as a winning mentor.

Tate Stevens sings out with “Tomorrow”.  And that’s the end of X Factor 2, people.

Results:

  • WINNER – Tate Stevens
  • 2nd Place – Carly Rose Sonenclar
  • 3rd Place – Fifth Harmony
  • Sara M

    This is dumb

  • Stavros

    Ya know, people can rag on the X Factor’s talent, but I actually can get behind ALL 3 of the finalists. I like them all. I can’t remember the last time this has happened–thinking back to last year I couldn’t really get behind Chris or Josh, and Melanie to a lesser extent. Excited to see who takes it!

  • Stavros

    I hope Khlo-Money enjoys her last X Factor show! It’s been…meh.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    Really?  A red carpet for this?

  • bestmusic

     

     It is so over kill.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Everything about the X Factor is OTT, but for some reason, I can’t not watch it. What freakish control does this show have over me?

  • SullyD

    *My two cents*

    Well, ever since Jenelle and <3 Lyric 145 <3 were eliminated, I really didn't have a horse on this race.

    The three finalists are talented and deserving of being in the top 3. I do have a soft spot for  5th harmony because 1: They're talented (and cute) and 2: they are dark horses, and I love me some dark horses. So there ya go.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Here we go!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Demi really is beautiful.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Speaking about Chris, the show massively pimped him last year and they didn’t even invited him back to perform? Instead they brought an unknown disney bad singer? WTF? Even The Voice is treating better their alumni at this point.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Don’t they perform Christmas songs tonight? (the top 3)

  • Stavros

    Demi looks flawless! 

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Still kind of annoyed that 5th Harmony had to form a group instead of letting them stay solo artists. Vocally, SO MUCH BETTER than all of Demi’s artists (except Janell). There were some really beautiful solos in Let It Be.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Agreed (especially after Lyric 145 left), except I tended to prefer Carly because she’s the best act remaining or Tate because he’s the only one left whose album I’d buy (Carly’s a great and awesome singer, but not my cuppa, and pretty much the same for 5H). But I also would not mind a Fifth Harmony win.

    This is the first finale in a while that, for one, I don’t really care who wins, and two, I like all contestants to a pretty good degree.

    I’d probably go with whatever pisses Simon off the most, though. I can’t stand him anymore.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lmao! It’s hilarious that they are singing as they are walking the red carpet. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I love this performance by the top 3.

  • SullyD

    Poor Mario had to improvise the hell out of it now, lol. It was fun to watch him sweat.

  • genius13

    This is kinda cute

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I missed the first few minutes. Who are the guest performers tonight besides Pitbull and 1 Direction?

  • Stavros

    Aww. The finalists interacting with each other is so cute! Like CeCe getting her make-up done and kissing “dad” Tate Stevens and bffs Diamond and Carly hugging it out. 

  • bestmusic

    Except I am not sure they were singing.

  • Sara M

     I think Ally would have been the only one old enough to compete with the young adults though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I love how the judges are introduced individually, but the “top 3″ are just that the “top 3″, without any individual introductions. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Even better! lmao!

  • jcabby

    I wonder how they’re going to fill two hours. LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    IDK, I didn’t watch either. Probably some half-famous acts, since the biggest ones seem to be avoiding X-Factor. lol

  • MellyPer1692

    Why not have a red carpet? Idol does one every year for the finale too.

  • Stavros

    This segment with LA Reid “conducting” sounds like they used a laugh track. LOL. It was funny though, I must admit.

  • genius13

    I wonder if they will announce who’s in 3rd place half way through like last year

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Love how the backup dancers are shaking their butts! lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “AND IT’S TIME TO DESTROY ANOTHER BEATLES’ SONG! Hooray. And by HOORAY I
    mean. PLZ GOD NOOOOO. The rest of the Top 13 join in as the Top 3 make
    their way to the stage lip syncing singing a super peppy version of “Love is All You Need.””

    Exactly my reaction, MJ. lol

  • Chris

    Tate’s song was fine but the dancing girls sticking their bottoms and acting silly didn’t fit the song. LA Reid strikes again.

  • girlygirltoo

    He performed on the pre-show a few weeks back

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “but the dancing girls sticking their bottoms and acting silly didn’t fit the song.”

    Exactly. It was the height of cheesiness. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Oh God can they hurry this up, I know this is suppose to be touching but DAMN. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The pre-show? The one that’s only online? Great publicity!

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Tate is a good guy, we’ve seen that throughout the season, but I just don’t see him being able to compete with Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean or any of the genre’s other leading acts.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So Pitbull and 1 Direction are the ONLY big-name guest performers tonight?  It’s going to be a loooong show. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “LA tells tate that he’s done an amazingly consistent job. Is that high praise from a mentor?”

    lol I would call that damning with faint praise, if you ask me.

  • kmd23

    This show is great tonight. Very entertaining. Such cheesiness right from the beginning with that red carpet. lol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “We hear from Tate’s family. You know, the wife HE LOVES SO MUCH. That’s
    when he begins to cry. He loses it when his mama or someone reminisces
    about little tater pie playing a plastic guitar.  The crying children
    expressing their love totally puts him over the edge.”

    Aww…  Too bad that voting has closed. lol

  • Chris

    Yes, booty shaking is required for all sad Christmas songs. “There’ll be no more sorrow” (shake butt) “no grief or pain” (shake butt) and “I’ll be happy Christmas once again” (shake boobs vigorously, then lean.)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I can’t imagine how much more cheesy it will get! VERY entertaining! lol

  • Nedsdag

    American Idol gets 35 million votes on Top 16 night. Nothing to brag about.

  • jcabby

    Simon as the Grinch. Very funny. lol

  • Axxxel

    it’s called: “rooting for the underdog” or “rooting for the rags to riches story”…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    “Favorite little group of the moment?” – simon.

    LOL. I believe that. Simon’s heart is with Emblem 3.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    When isn’t this show cheesy? lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    For the X Factor that is.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Choreography with giant candy canes!  So great! lol

  • Stavros

    I really hope Carly sings “Where Are You Christmas” by Faith Hill!

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Camilla’s voice >>>> The rest of the group.

  • teacup

    Oh girls… someone is WAY off in these harmonies.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This performance was a mess. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s why they did as little harmonizing as possible when they needed votes. It doesn’t matter if they sound crappy now. lol

  • tripp_ncwy

    Good luck to whomever wins.

  • Stavros

    BRITNEY IS CRYING OVER FIFTH HARMONY’S VIDEO PACKAGE! She does feel emotions! Yay Brit :)

  • samuelgrant

    FifthHarmonyOfficial.com and TateStevensOfficial.com are both live now and have merch. Carly’s isn’t up yet, I also tried Emblem3. They both say Syco and Sony Music at the bottom.

  • jcabby

    Fifth Harmony FTW!

    Britney crying. So sweet. 

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Or maybe she’s just like: Why on earth did I let Leann drink everything we had last night? I soo could use a drink right now…
    lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Britney and her onions under the table. j/k :P

  • lithee

    I wouldn’t read too much into those websites. 8th place LeRoy Bell had one last year too lol: http://www.leroybellofficial.com/

  • Sara M

     That 5th harmony site is a mess. In the store, they are selling rubber bracelets with the girls names, but they have Karla instead of Camila. They also refer to Dinah as Dynah on the front page, and under photos one of the pictures is of Diamond White lol.

  • http://twitter.com/checo0 Sergio Bernal

    5TH HARMONY Y TATE STEVENS HAS BEEN SIGNED BY SYCO AND SONY MUSIC ENTRETAIMENT !!!!!

    http://thelatinspectator.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/final-the-x-factor-recap-y-resultados-en-vivo/

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I’m bored with xmas songs. Can we just get to the results?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Carly should be moving around to the beat more on this song instead of having her feet glued ot the floor and making odd hand gestures.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Fifth Harmony signing to Syco is great news. If Simon was smart he would ditch Douchebags3 and focus on his girl group. They can have that girl group niche in the US all to themselves. Here’s hoping for the biggest upset in US reality TV.

  • teacup

    Carly is so cute!

  • Nedsdag

    That song is kind of old for Carly Rose. A 13-year-old singing about a man for Christmas?

  • mason williams

     ooh, santa i want fifth harmony for christmas

  • http://twitter.com/RyanJames2298 Ryan

    well, karla is camila’s real name. but other then that, LOL x) a fail like everything else about this show

  • mason williams

    red carpet and limos, IT’S THE X FACTOR……..THE MOVIE

  • Rob .

    Would someone please tie Carly’s left hand down.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I think Emblem 3 would probably rather go with LA Reid’s label – Epic.  LA would have a better sense of what to do with them than Simon would.  5H are more in Simon’s wheel house.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Shouldn’t Carly be singing a Hanukkah song? lol

  • Nedsdag

    Isn’t Hanukkah over?

  • mason williams

    i could’ve told you jim carrey was miscast as the grinch

    tailor made for simon,lol

  • mason williams

    britney did the face again,lolol

  • jcabby

    LOL! Very true.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

     The X Factor twitter just posted Carly’s site, I guess they were reading the comments on here. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “What are they doing to these family members to get them all to cry?”

    Offering them large wads of unmarked bills? lol

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    If 5th harmony doesnt win, Simon will drop them like hot potatoes and run into emblem 3s hands.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Yep, but that would be cool! Especially to see how the public would react. lol

  • mason williams

    that disney girl’s performance slot should’ve went to chris

  • genius13

    Goodbye 5H… you had a great run and I hope to hear a single from you in a couple months

  • mason williams

    do you want fries with that left shoe

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Aww! it was a good fight for the girls. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Damn you America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Ditch Khloe, Simon. Mario can handle this by himself.

    Congratulations to Fifth Harmony for making it this far and you fought hard to get here, so hold your head up high!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    As Khloe asks the freshly eliminated contestants how they feel, as aggressively and insensitively as ever. lol

  • jcabby

    Proud of the girls. I think they’ll go far. 

  • Nedsdag

    Silver lining for Fifth Harmony: the group performing tonight finished third and look what happened to them.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Simon is sooooooooooo happy right now that 5th harmony went out in 3rd. They remained his favorite group for exactly 27 minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I’m betting these girls will be signed. There is a gap for this group. They are the most commercial as well. I’m betting all 3 finalists are getting signed.

  • bestmusic

     Did Khloe  hire Kelly Clarkson`s stylist?

     I am happy the girls went home. Don`t think they had the talent to win.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanJames2298 Ryan

    3rd place is really awesome. I’m really proud they made it this far :’) they honestly have massive potential for future success.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Lol! The girls are more upbeat about being eliminated than Simon.

  • elliegrll

    The show’s talent isn’t the problem, it’s how they are presented.  With the possible exception of Tate, no one was given songs that matched their strengths, and none of the acts had songs that allowed them to grow.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I think that you’re right, and it really doesn’t matter that they have trouble singing on key. lol

  • samuelgrant

    Carly’s site just went down, it says the site was suspended.

  • jcabby

    Her interviews are so uncomfortable to watch. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m realizing that I will be honestly surprised if Tate doesn’t win.

  • DB987

    So Simon has to promote the generic cowboy or the boring 13 year old he must be so happy. LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Her questions are like those that people ask when someone’s relative dies “How are you feeling”. How do you think they are feeling Khloe? They just missed out on a 5 million dollar recording contract.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I think both Carly and Tate had good songs, but bad songs too. Tate had to struggle a lot singing Bon Jovi and Carly…what represents her? Musicals? Better not.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Nothing that computers can’t fix. Barely any pop singer sings on key nowadays. One Direction being a great example of that.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    So proud of 5H. But as I’ve saud all season, let’s go Tate Nation. Take it all the way to the bank. Make sure to snap a picture of the check with Simons signature on it.

  • tucker davis

    Khloe looks like she is wearing a black ace-bandage.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Carly’s dad is nodding his head thinking that all that stands between him and 5,000,000 bucks is a man name Tate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Oh well. My favorites never win but they usually end up more successful. So hoping 5H proves me right. As talented as Carly is I just can’t see her being marketable and do we really need another honky tonk winner. I’m sick of country artists taking over my TV.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is Tate wearing spanx or has he lost weight? lol

  • DB987

    I like Tate’s family best so I hope he wins that’s the best I CAN DO.

  • Rob .

    Backstage catfight between the families. 

  • genius13

    I can’t help but think back at all the talent this season… Lyric145, Jennell, Arin, 5H, Beatrice…. and to think that we’re 50 mins away from crowning the blandest, most generic, aging country guy is just unfathomable to me… this is a wasted season… And there is no way anybody can convince me that Tate can compete with the leading country guys that are currently topping the charts…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Right on all counts. However, since I stopped taking this show seriously shortly after it started, I don’t think about any of that. This show is a total joke and that’s the only way that I can enjoy it. lol

  • genius13

    I think he had on Man-spanx

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This show is dragging so much that’s not even funny…

    Actually, it’s pretty funny. lol

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Did Lyric145 piss someone off? They have been nowhere near the finale.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Demi must be having doubts now about her initial eliminations.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    This show was going by pretty fast until this unnecessary review montage of the whole season, which felt like it went on forever. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Bring back Panda!

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Ouch! Simon just ditched Paula about last years groups. Anyone remember them kissing on idol?

  • genius13

    I have no idea what he just said

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Do you think Simon has any clue that the American Idol Demo has now invaded is show.

  • jcabby

    Emblem 3 wants to go snowboarding. Why am I not surprised? LOL

  • tucker davis

    This is a 30 minute show stretched out to 120 minutes. boring…………

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    It will be interesing to see what place Carly got. Britney threw down the gauntlet on twitter last night.

  • teekee

    Been wondering the same thing.

  • jewelsceo

    I do! SAULA…..

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    And it pains me so much to think I could be watching Glee… :(

  • elliegrll

    If 5th harmony doesnt win, Simon will drop them like hot potatoes and run into emblem 3s hands.

    I think that everyone from this season can expect to have the same fate as the people from season 1.  None of these people is getting any buzz, and neither they are the show is getting any media attention.  Sony can’t even depend on them having a solid fanbase that would be willing to buy a few hundred thousand copies of a single or album.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    December 18:

    Lyric 145 ?@Lyric145Rehearsals were amazing IM so excited for everyone to see the finale make sure you tune in!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    One of the guys from Lyric 145 tweeted this:

    Mr.Melee
    ?@mrmelee

    #XFactorFinale Who Is Watching? …did you see us this time!?! …or did they leave out the rappers again!? ????

     

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s like last season’s X-Factor signees don’t exist. Weird.

  • teacup

    Ew, Pitbull.

  • Rob .

    Khloe should not wear short skirts. She has the ugliest knees I’ve ever seen.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    The fact that they haven’t hyped a close vote for the final says to me that Tate wins easily.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Is there a single pitbull song that doesnt have the lyrics ‘loose loose and pawty’??

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    This dude is so generic. Next!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

      …or did they leave out the rappers again!? ????

    Mmmm.They probably don’t want to scare America.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This guy is like a Vanilla Ice upgraded.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    One thing I know for sure. I am not in Pitbull’s target demo. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    I associate three things with Pitbull: 

    - Dr Pepper
    - Kia
    - Jennifer Lopez

  • teacup

    I associate one thing: the same obnoxious, loud, formulaic song being reworked over and over again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    They must really hate Lyric 145. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure that the rest of her is that great either. lol

  • justmefornow

    I turn it on for this? 
    lol, nice white pants.
    They should have had Douchebag 3 sing with Pitbull (Douchebag 1)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Mario says after break, we’re going to take a look back at this
    “incredible season.” Haven’t we be doing that endlessly all night?”

    They are having trouble filling the time. I wonder if some guest performers bailed or they just couldn’t get anyone?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Tate Stevens is probably the biggest hope of anything selling from this show. He’s not a bad singer, but, potentially more importantly, he’s country. And even then, the contestants still don’t get much buzz. I really doubt Carly Rose, who is pretty much the best singer this season has to offer (…I think?) won’t sell much either.

    Pitbull used to be somewhat entertaining.

  • jcabby

    Demi is my favorite judge. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    If this show get more than 3.0 in the ratings tomorrow i’ll be surprised. It’s being massively boring, more than ever.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    All right, can the world end right now, please?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Red lips? I thought The Rolling Stones, Rocky Horror and James Durbin had a trademark on that.

  • genius13

    Why do British people sound American when they sing?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    One Direction >> Emblem 3

  • DB987

    This is how it begins

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    At leat One Direction didnt put up a huge penis. I can handle those huge lips.

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    Little Mix’ accents sort of come out when they sing. So does Adele’ ahah but I think it’s weird. 

  • justmefornow

    Those would be Heidi Durbin’s trademark I think, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    PLEASE let Demi come back.  Or is going to tour again?

  • mason williams

    pitbull kinda looks like a latino la reid

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Get to the damn results now. 

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     I was wondering if we would have to wait much longer before that… But I guess it was enough suffering. lol

  • jcabby

    I have to say, I really enjoy One Direction. Fun to watch and listen to. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    This is the most non-eventful finale I’ve ever seen.

  • mouse999

    Yesterday I watched XF for the second time, today is the third which makes it four times to many.
    Couldn’t they make it an hour show? Two guests, three finalist, how long does it take to say “you won!!!”
    Boooooooring.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    You hear that folks. She loves his STORY! not his singing. Little girl, this show isn’t a book.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Pitbull loves wearing tight pants that shows off his “package.” He really can’t help himself. lol

  • DB987

     Oh this should be something

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    “I certainly don’t punch them off when they come on my car radio.”

    I’d probably punch them out if they came near me at all. >_>.

    Except for Liam (the one who newly got the buzz cut). I actually liked his audition. The rest of them are lame.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    And the cheese factor just went up about 20,000 levels with this song choice. 

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    Why bring back Lyric145 if they don’t put them on? Both Lyric and Jason were cut from yesterday’s song too. At least Jason got a few seconds tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    ew Tate! Carly sounds better on a country song than Tate!

  • DB987

    This is working so well for both of them. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Tate sounds slightly off, like he’s having earplug problems.

  • tucker davis

    You’re like me! But don’t worry, they’ve shown us the whole season tonight! We didn’t miss anything…lol.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Hey did 5th harmony practice a duet with either Tate or Carly just in case they made it to 2nd?

  • mason williams

    bring back panda, jeff gutt and daryl black

  • teacup

    I have yet to hear Tate give a good, solid vocal.

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    Have to agree with Jim Cantiello on the pre-show. If you really want to be on X-Factor, just join a choir. You’ll be in every episode!

  • Rob .

    Robo Carly always looks so tortured when she sings.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    IMO Tate has the weird ability to make a song sound like it’s sung by some unidentified country singer. Someone you’ve already listened to but didn’t care enough to try and remember the name.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Probably because he can’t see it when he’s looking down.

  • justmefornow

    I think I can now say this show officially is terrible. 
    Bag finale, bad winner, either one lets face it, doesn’t have the XFactor.
    Major Fail, Simon.

  • tucker davis

    I admit I haven’t seen a whole show yet, but does Britney ever say more than one sentence???

  • Nedsdag

    Simon, please, please, PLEASE do not bring Mrs. Odom back next season.

    Mario can do it by himself. Heck, he and his behind alone make a great pair.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    But who likes country will like it. 

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Definitely! After all, it will always sound familiar, like something they’ve heard their whole lives, lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Simon is lying, you know he’s not happy that this is the final 2.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Tate Stevens is probably the biggest hope of anything selling from this show. He’s not a bad singer, but, potentially more importantly, he’s country.

    If TPTB take the attitude of “oh, he’s country, country fans will buy anything from a reality show winner,” Tate Stevens is so screwed. 

    But the chorus of his first single will be catchy:

    I’m truckin’ on down the road,
    drivin’ toward my dreams,
    sippin’ Diet Pepsi in my
    jeans ripped at the seams

  • Axxxel

    what if pitbull becomes an X factor judge ?

  • jewelsceo

    Season 3 two new judges lets do R & B singer & country singer w/ Simon and Demi and only MARIO as host, please……

    Or yet, lets think of number of X factor combo’s for a set of judges!

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     I wish Brit had of had Carly sing The Climb early on so she won over more of the country market.  IMO Carly sounded amazing on The Climb.

  • mouse999

    I frankly do not expect any fan war after this finale, regardless who wins.

    Sadz.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I like hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and I’m always hearing people saying the songs and the singers sound the same while I think they’re totally different. It depends of which kind of music do you like the most;)

  • genius13

    Oh here we go… **throws up**

    As soon as they say his name I’m turning to the news

  • Rob .

    “This is it” finally the end of this train wreck of a show.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Khloe the show’s almost over, why the hell did you change your outfit again?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Simon needs to do a major overhaul of this show if he wants this show to be a success like the Voice:

    1.) Stop the over-production. American Idol has half the production value, but twice the performance value. It’s too much and the background always tends to either overshadow the singer or just seem unnecessary.
    2.) Give control over to the fans and contestants when it comes to song choices – A couple weeks back, the viewers were in control of the voting and the song choices were better than what the mentors chose. You want fans to love the show, give them so control over it. I got  tired of Britney giving Carly nothing but ballads without ever pushing her to push outside the ballads and IMO that’s the kiss of death for female contestants. Give control over to the fans.
    3.) Get rid of Khloe – I have yet to figure out what she contributes to this show. I just don’t see it. American Idol has made it almost 12 seasons with one host. 
    4.) Get a panel of judges with chemistry. The Voice judges have chemistry down to a tee, but L.A. Reid seems like the outcast, Britney the robot, and only Demi and Simon seemed to have any sort of chemistry. 

    These are just a few suggestions

  • genius13

    Actually I’m not going to watch it im going to pause it and read the results on here..

  • tucker davis

    Neither of the finalists dressed up…lol

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Tate Nation: We did that thang. It’s because of Simon’s nonsense that I jumped on the bandwagon a few weeks backs. How you feel now Simon! Haha, it was fun y’all. Get ready for Idol!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Tate!!! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!! 

    Actually, whatever…lol

  • tucker davis

    “What is going on in your mind right now?”  I hope I never hear that again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    *Sigh*

  • Nedsdag

    Congratulations, Tate!

    Don’t mess with country fans. Isn’t that right, Scotty McCreery?

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Im soooooooooooooooooooo shocked Tate won!!  NOT

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Congrats to Tate!!!  I will never buy his music.  But I do wish him much
    success. 

    Carly you are a little star and I know we will be hearing from you.

  • iluvai

    With 5H out, I’m soooo happy Tate won!!! 

  • fantoo1

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    awful… he is so generic.  $5 million for THIS GUY???

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Is it now we’re supposed to pretend we’re surprised? Or better, that we cared?

  • Sara M

    Ugh tate.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    well that was shocking(not). Can’t wait to hear from Carly and Fifth Harmony. 

  • mouse999

    Surprise!!! OMG!!
    Return of WGWG….ha!

  • kcostell

    Not seen on the show: Tate meeting with Leann Rimes shortly after he receives his first paycheck from the recording contract and giving her the agreed-upon cut.  

  • CB40

    I like Tate and I’m happy for him.

    BUT…

    I had zero emotional investment in this show all season, it never actually mattered to me who won or lost.

    The biggest winner: Demi. She’s fun, inspiring and will be brought back next season.

  • DB987

    Tate is so original there’s a huge gap in the market for white male country singers! 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     The Voice has yet to produce a star or any kind.

    Idol is the show that produces stars.

  • justmefornow

    I remember Simon making fun of Scotty’s coronation song, he must be dying right now.
    He looks totally thrilled, lol. Ha,Ha.  Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    He doesn’t fit in at all with what’s hot with country guys right now…Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan…Tate Stevens.  I wish America took a year off from voting.

  • genius13

    I didn’t watch the announcement… Well at least I won’t hear from him again.. Pepsi single in February.. Real single in August like Melanie.. And his album will be out in early 2014… so all you Tate fans be prepared to not hear from him for a long time Lol…ugh but really America. REALLY? I MUST HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE ANTI-XFACTOR

  • Jae

    Yay! Tate won!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Anytime there is a country singer on a reality show, unless another act is like One Direction, it’s a foregone conclusion who is going to win the show.

    Congratulations Tate. I wish you the best and you have been consistently good all year. I had hoped CArly would win so for once my favorite contestant would win, but I’m still proud of her. I just hope with that amount of talent, she doesn’t go back to school without also having a chance in the music biz.

    Now what am i going to watch for the next month until Idol premieres?

  • emlz

    All these singing shows have been kinda anticlimactic lately. Congrats Tate. If you keep singing songs like these, I’m pretty sure I’ll be downloading them.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     IDK if Tate will automatically be a star just because he is country.  I thought that Casey James would be a star and as yet it hasn’t happen.

    IMO Casey has it all over Tate, better voice, better looking, awesome guitar player.

  • jewelsceo

    I agree  A NEW PANEL of Judges!!! minus Simon  Oh, Kloe needs to exit…

  • kmd23

    Congrats to Tate. That show was something else tonight. lol.

  • mason williams

    so scotty mcstevens, i mean tate mc creery, won

    no surprise there

  • renzy24

    Is this American Idol Christmas finale? OMG!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I doubt Carly will be signed. Go to NY if you want to watch her. She will be earning a good money and she’ll be sounding better than on the hypothetical dreadful album SyCo would make for her. lol

  • genius13

    This season was a parody of itself… They’re supposed to be looking for something fresh and new and cool and then they end up with Tater Stevens. WHAT……….THE FUCK…I CANT…I JUST CANT

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Anytime there is a country singer on a reality show, unless another act is like One Direction, it’s a foregone conclusion who is going to win the show.

    Ah, so it was Bucky Covington who won Idol S5, Phil Stacey who won Idol S6, Kristy Lee Cook who won Idol S7, Casey James who won S9, and Skylar Laine who won Idol S11. Man, I was remembering Idol history wrong!

    Tate Stevens was, in this case, pretty close to a foregone conclusion on the basis of being the one singer who could attract all the votes for homespun simplicity. It was at least as much an anti-glitz vote as a pro-country vote. (And let’s not forget the element of anti-Cowell vote here, too.)

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    Glad I stuck with my brain and predicted a Tate win. Good Luck! He might need it.

    I was looking forward to this finale, but was completely let down.  I thought they did a disservice by not allowing the other finalists to perform. Didn’t have to be solo’s, only a few group numbers. But no, we get Pitbull…again.  Both AI and The Voice have better finales in my book.

  • calliebeckett

    Simon must be wondering if he was on the finale of American Idol…

  • mtthew

    they are generally anticlimactic because we know who watches these shows and how they vote… they really need to overhaul the voting system, not the format though that could definitely use some tweaking.

  • Nedsdag

    Carly needs the following to be more successful:

    1. A Glee/Smash type of television show focusing on her character.
    2. Develop a bubbly personality. This is why I liked 5H. They acted their age: teen/tween girls having fun. I am sure Carly has a personality. I wish it came out more.
    3. Time to grow up. As people said about Jessica Sanchez during her time on AI, Carly needs positive “life experience.”

  • genius13

    I promise im not being bitter and sarcastic.. But does anybody here think Tate is the next big thing to hit the music scene? Or the country music scene?

  • mtthew

    okay let’s fast forward a year where tate can barely manage to crack country top 30 and 5H are the biggest thing to come out of this show.

  • yaddabing

    This was the worse finale I have ever seen.

    There was….no music. Just recapping the season over and over.

    Any bets to what Nashville label Simon tries to pawn Tate off to? Arista? RCA?

  • justmefornow

    That’s easy, No.
    But no one from this show was the next big thing for music. 
    Period.

  • Anny_nanny

    If the AI won Skailer, as many would like, we would have three winners from the three different shows in one year. This is a bust.
    In the sediment, and I could listen to songs only Skailer.

  • Trina

    LOL so much for Britney’s powerful fanbase! About as useful as Demi’s bigass powerful fanbase. GO TATE!eta: Eh i think Casey is better looking and has a better voice than Scotty yet Scotty is the bigger success. Its all a crapshoot once theyre out there in the real world. Chris Rene I thought was VERY current and marketable and he went nowhere  – ditto for Marcus. so we’ll see what happens with Tate.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Didn’t watch…came here for the news…have been watching the CMA Country Christmas.  And, although I think Tate has a great voice, I am struck again by how he will probably have a hard time.  I mean, he’s competing against Dierks and Keith and all the other younger, I don’t want to be shallow, but hotter men.

    Zach Brown is the only one close that I can think of, and Zach, well, that man can play. 

    Oh, and Tate and Scotty aren’t the same.  Scotty is very young and somewhat of a novelty besides the great voice.  Scotty also has fans of all ages…

    Nevertheless, Congrats to Tate.  Best wishes to the other acts.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Yep, I know there’s a Jackie Evancho out there, but for most of the time, this thing of 12-15 years old on reality shows doesn’t work. They hardly can translate the emotion of mature songs. They would be better doing musicals/Glee/Smash/disney/nickelodeon, whatever before trying to do songs about love or even about more complex feelings. This show is about doing an album and being a recording artist. Quite frankly, Carly probably would sell much less than Tate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    So do we think Simon will pretend that Tate didn’t win and move on to E3 and FH?

  • MellyPer1692

    How surprising. Not.

  • tucker davis

    Does Tate play any instrument? Most country males who make it big play an instrument or at least pretend to. The really big stars play the instrument very well.

  • windmills

    I didn’t watch this season except for a Tate performance here and there and 2 of the star duets from last night but, I always assumed Simon wanted Tate on the show because he thought the country audience would automatically tune in if the genre had a prominent representative on the show. He’s obviously been proven wrong about that. Part of the issue was the country world really committed to The Voice with Blake as the gateway.

    I remember Simon did some interviews with country media before s1 of XFactor but he didn’t really know how to court that market for his TV show. And based on his own preferences he didn’t really want to court that market anyway. Except that now he has a winner who’s going to have a really tough time standing out in the crowd in the country market. Does Tate write songs? Because I’m having a hard time seeing him stand out in a market that already has Randy Houser (who isn’t even a midlevel star but has some momentum with a t5 hit right now), Craig Morgan (who is a midlevel star but struggling to get radio play), and Lee Brice (who is on a hot streak at country radio and is about to have another huge hit).

  • Axxxel

    can I click a 1000 times “like” for your statement ? LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    He’s a songwriter. There are a lot of videos with Tate playing the guitar. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Anytime there is a country/WGWG singer on a reality show, unless another act
    is like One Direction, it’s a foregone conclusion who is going to win
    the show.

    Fixed it for you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    i wished to see the other contestants except top3 at least in one group performance (Lyric145, Bea, Jennel etc) but no. Why, I wonder, all of them made the show and many people loved also others than top3, so it would have been joyful to see them. I do not understand XF’s production logic.

  • maymay

    In two years three singing competition shows have produced three country genre winners. The country music is the real winner. And we have the second country/WGWG winner. Maybe for these shows the country genre winner will become a trend like WGWG style winner.

  • mason williams

    x factor is idol on steroids,almost a parody of idol

  • kmd23

     It will be interesting to see what SONY label Tate does end up on. I have no idea.

  • Anny_nanny

    to Nedsdag:
    Oh my God! Take a look at the LeAnn and Britney and let Carly Rose quietly grow outside of show-business!

  • durbesque

    Can’t beat a WGWG….even an old fat one.

  • Nedsdag

    Read the third one I wrote.

  • mtlfan2

    they should drop the teens category; i don’t tune in to hear teens singing mature songs, i find it somewhat awkward

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

     I’m worried for my sister. She is still at work and hasn’t watched tonights episode. Carly and 5H were her favs. She despised Tate and how it “seemed that Idol fans” were moving to XFactor. She said this was supposed to be a show for people that she would listen to.

    Between 5H/Carly losing and the last episode of Jersey Shore airing tonight, I’m afraid she’s gonna have a meltdown and be on the morning news in Texas.

    I might just have to rewatch when she gets home just so I can see it happen. (She FF so much anyway that it’s not like I’ll have to watch much)

  • girlygirltoo

    He pulled out a guitar one week, but it didn’t look like he really knew how to play it

  • mtthew

    who? 
    idol 10: scotty
    voice 1: what’s his name
    xfactor 1: melanie
    idol 11: phillip 
    voice 2: what’s his name 2.0
    voice 3: cassadee
    xf2: tate

    that’s two country winners… i wouldn’t consider cassadee country at all even though she performed some popped up versions of some country songs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    I know, what you mean: there lies a real danger, at least to someone so young. But when I think about the show business, I also immedetely think about Paul McCartney, the composer of the songs “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude”, that we heard also at X-factor, who is such a nice guy. He is like “the richest man” in UK, but it has not gone to his head. And what songs he has composed, giving people a lot immemorable moments! I also feel he is mostly always sane and positive and has a good sense of humor, although he has also had rough times. (Have you seen Meryl Streep’s honout talk to him?). So, I would not say, that the biz is automatically destructive to a person.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    “No but at least now he has the shot he didn’t a few months ago.” And that’s why XFactor and the Voice will keep attracting contestants even with their “track record of stars”

  • girlygirltoo

    Congrats to Tate. It’ll be interesting to see how hard he gets promoted. On the one hard, he’s in a genre with very loyal fans. On the other hand, he is pretty generic so it will be hard for him to stand out among the dozens and dozens of more established male country artists. Scotty was at least unique in being so young but with that deep, mature-sounding voice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    There are very 12-16 few who can really connect with a complex song; I think Beatrice was one of them. But she didn’t have luck on this show. Jessica Sanchez and Melanie, IMO, couldn’t connect at all. Ella, from XF-UK is far from being technically perfect, like Jessica or Melanie, but she could connect with a mature song very well, in a strange way. That’s my opinion. 

  • girlygirltoo

    you forgot Michael Sarver on S8 :)

  • Kitwana

    What would Idol and X-Factor look like today if David Cook had not won Season 7 of American Idol? I bet both Simons are thinking that today. I know they thought Cook would be the next Chris Daughtry but they did not even get that.

  • Nedsdag

    Tell her to fast forward to One Direction’s performance. She’ll be all right after that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Maybe for these shows the country genre winner will become a trend like WGWG style winner.

    Oh God No. I had high hopes for xfactor. Now that Idol fans have taken over I’m annoyed. Don’t care if they become successful or not I just wanted a show that wasn’t going to be predictable once again. Oh well, I still have The Voice.

  • girlygirltoo

    nope.

    but it’s not impossible. I wouldn’t have thought 1D would become this worldwide phenom, either :)

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     Difference is that group have Penises. Really help in getting teenage girls excited about you.

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     People made claims like this about Phillips Phillips. he’s now got a 3X platinum single, and an album that’s almost Gold.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Ha, she can’t stand them. She doesn’t understand the obession with them. The other day she goes, “They don’t even dance!” As happy as I am for Tate I can understand why she will be upset.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    I might be one of the few, who really enjoyed Tate’s performance with Little Big Town, I think it was delicate. What I especially liked in that, was that Tate was genuinly enjoying the others’ company and was having ball with them, kind of dancing. He likes people and is himself likeable guy. I think getting along so well with other people and having sort of easy going and charming attitude may “make him sell well” also, if he will have decent enough stuff to sing and perform. He radiates good will and vibes. You cannot help liking him. I think he is really going to have that “big ass ball” now “everybody invited”, like he said in the auditions.

  • Anny_nanny

    Don’t see the parallel. Paul, like the others, was in business from high school, but they were “children of war” which a priori earlier grow up. And Paul had a great mother and father, the influence of which I’m grateful for the preservation common sense and reason of Paul. And then, as he and Linda were able to raise their children.
    On the other hand we have Michael and Judy, for example – I loved them, but I watched that them maimed life. I have nothing against children-stars, but how many of them are lucky to stay sane? And I don’t understand parents that treat their ambitions cripple the life of your child. Toddlers and Tiaras is my greatest nightmare.

  • Anny_nanny

    Then and Danny add – neither one of them was not a “country” on the show. And they were both a shock to me after show, not to say that I watched their fate closely.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    People made claims like this about Phillips Phillips. he’s now got a 3X platinum single, and an album that’s almost Gold.

    P2 started his career with a reasonably well-written song that turned out to mesh well with his strengths and persona… and to fit the zeitgeist of the times, both musically and lyrically. What got Home to #1 in AAA and HAC and into the top 10 on CHR wasn’t that P2 won a reality singing competition — it was that a lot of people who hear his rendition of Home flove it and buy it.

    This is why I among the reasons I keep saying A&R matters. Tate Stevens needs a really strong single if he’s to have any chance at the country radio charts. If he gets the country equivalent of the kind of single Melanie Amaro was launched with — cheesy knock-off of a current radio sound, produced without any edge, with pseudo-coronation-song lyrics — he’s gonna have a huge handicap. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     He pulled out a guitar one week, but it didn’t look like he really knew how to play it

    Doesn’t matter. Once he pulled out his “instrument” *cough cough* the fraus came running.

  • Nedsdag

    Who the hell cares if they can’t dance. If I want dancing, I’ll watch the Bolshoi Ballet Troupe. They put a smile on people’s faces. OK, they put a smile on young girls’s faces, but still.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Mj wanted to thank you for the weekly blogs on the Voice and XFactor.  Firstly, I really enjoy your writing and your wit.   While I only watched a little of the Voice this week and same amount of the XFactor, it was enough to keep up with your help.   Some observations I have made:  Members of the Voice have much more chemistry as a team than the X Factor, which has none.   Simon could have saved $15 million  by spending $15 on a cardboard cutout of Britney.  Simon throws around blame for any and everything that happens on his show anywhere he thinks it will stick.  Kohli outfit Wednesday night looked like she had become a member of a roller derby group.  I think we should cut LeAnn a little slack as she has had a difficult year!  Appears LA has given up his ticket on the Titantic.  Smart move LA.  Interesting that the Voice’s Blake Skelton stated he had to convince Kelly BF to  propose marriage to her.  Simon’s 5 million is going country, and since the only country Simon seems to approve is Carrie, one has to wonder how much effort he puts into this Year win.   More than last year, one could hope.  With Idol heating up we have a cat fight and now an expose revealing secrets that can’t surprise anyone.  One has to wonder that with the X Factor demo voting for Tate, and Nicki hopefully pulling for some hip hop, gives one a feeling Keith’s choice might win the demo.  If its finally a female, she can try to take over some of Carrie’s ground,  since most of the female country stars have gone on Social Security.  Again, my thanks for the enjoyment.  As I will not have a pony in the Idol race either, looking forward to your recaps.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    I was writing about the show business in general, not specially about the child stars, and I have been in awe, how well Paul has kept his sanity, as we all remember all pervading and gigantic Beatlemania etc. (How did they stayed sane after all that?). I think, that what you wrote, is mainly true. If children cannot live their chldhood because of becomin “stars”, they may get wounded permanently.

  • girlygirltoo

    Phillip had pretty much everything go perfectly. He got a very radio friendly single to start. Then it got huge exposure by being used on the Olympics. Then it got used on commercials, in movie trailers, aside from getting heavy radio play in multiple formats, etc. But If those first 2 things I mentioned hadn’t happened, who knows whether Phillip would have the type of success he’s currently is having. Maybe he would be, maybe he wouldn’t.

    One thing we do know —  Tate isn’t going to get his debut single on the Olympics, since the next Olympic Games is nearly 2 years from now. Is he going to get a strong debut single that radio will play? Melanie didn’t and I somehow doubt that Simon and Sony is any more excited about Tate being the winner than they were about her, so I have my doubts that Tate will get a huge promotional push.

    But that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t have some sort of success. It just means he’s unlikely to follow in Philip’s footsteps.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7Y7GLRUZ3DEDNAV4O4VWVN62TA Donne

    Tates win – nice gift for LA

  • tripp_ncwy

    Mmmmmm?

    shirleyhalperin @shirleyhalperin
    Asked @SimonCowell why there was no mention of Melanie Amaro on tonight’s #xfactor finale. His answer: “It wasn’t deliberate!”

  • mtlfan2

    yes that’s right.  Also what i’m looking for on these shows is personal style and most of them are too young to have develop one.  I checked Ella because i didn’t know her.. she already has her own style and write songs so I’m all for this kind of contestant even though she’s young (although 16 is much older than a 12-13 in the context of this discussion) 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Can they repeat The Voice. The finale was awesome.

  • jpfan2

    The  old country dude wins! What a trainwreck this show is.

  • Nedsdag

    Reportedly, Fifth Harmony was just signed by SYCO.

  • TheOther

    Phillip Phillips also won Idol when he was 21, at an age when most are barely starting their careers.  Tate Stevens is 37.

  • girlygirltoo

    source?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Can’t beat a WGWG….even an old fat one.

    Sure can’t! The only way is to have two of them in the final three. Then the vote coming from the ladies in the santa hats is split. That’s how we got Melanie last year and Cassadee this year as winners. This year on X Factor, you had two finalists, who appealed to younger voters and non-santa hat lady types, in the final three. A split in those votes and a unified WGWG vote was too much to overcome.

    At least Tate can stay on pitch and has a strong enough vocals to sing a simple Christmas carol. He doesn’t seem marketable, but maybe something good will go his way and he will be able to support his family doing what he loves.  

  • Nedsdag

    I am trying to find something, but I allegedly it was reported on Twitter and Camila’s mother was crying tears of joy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Called it: Tate won.

    Also, Carly didn’t fall aprt or fall on the floor in tears. The girls of 5th Harmony were gracious losers as well. Except for Beatrice, the contestants in the younger category this year didn’t fall apart when they were in the bottom group or eliminated. There seemed to be more tears from the young adults category this year than from the young teen group.

  • KatMyers

    I think a SYCO sponsored website is a pretty good indication they’ve been signed:

    Fifth Harmony:  http://www.fifthharmonyofficial.com/

    Emblem 3 and Carly have websites also but no SYCO affiliation noted:

    http://carlyrosesonenclar.com/

    http://www.emblem3.com/

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    Not coming down on Tate personally, as he seems like a super guy. But, it’s just strange to me that a mediocre Country singer can beat out great singers and performers so easily. We had 3 Wunderkids, SoCal Boy Group, Mixed Girl Group, Soulful Ex-Convict, Mini Rihanna, Mini Demi, Mini Katy Perry, Mini Usher, Original Rap/Pop Group and whatever Jason was. Casting was perfect, and Tate served them all their lunch. Handily, I suspect.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Why would it be a strange when Tate won all but 2 weeks they reported the  voting placements.  Country is big business and really popular right now.

  • alan___b

     I’m betting they are already signed as well.  They have an official store as well

    http://www.myplaydirect.com/fifth-harmony

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    I completely understand that middle America is the voting backbone of reality singing shows, and they tend to side with the same type of characters on every show. On The Voice, I think Blake helped mold Cassadee into that type of person to get her the win. And it worked.

    I think the strangeness, for me, is that there doesn’t seem to be a thing that can combat these voters. Everything was done to make this season hip and current, and at the end, it felt like it was all for naught.

    I called Tate as the winner to my coworkers on Top 12. Just cuz he checked all the boxes that I know the voters would approve of. I’m totally used to it, but it is getting tired.

  • suenigma

     “What would Idol and X-Factor look like today if David Cook had not won
    Season 7 of American Idol? I bet both Simons are thinking that today.”

    Clearly it’s all Cook’s fault, LOL. Seriously though, I don’t quite understand how Cook can be both so weak as to be a mere shadow of Daughtry, and yet so all-powerful as to have single-handedly ruined not one, but two television shows, going on five years later? Now that’s talent! Perhaps David Archuleta could have sold multi-platinum and saved the singing show industry, but who knows?

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think that if Tate loses some weight or buffs up, it will make him more attractive.  In Country music, 37 years isn’t that old unless you are competiting with Scotty!

    I still thought THE VOICE was a better show with better judges!

  • iluvai

    Tate is very handsome. Eeww…Tate should not be competing with Scotty in any way.  

  • shell29

    As one of the few who enjoyed the first season of X Factor I am happy to see season two come to an end.  I slept through the finale (and last night’s performance show) and judging from the comments I didn’t miss much.  Congratulations to Tate-I wish him much success and I’m happy for him.  Simon can’t afford to have two flop winners in a row so hopefully he’ll buck the trend.  I’m still hoping (for her sake) that Melanie Amaro can achieve some measure of success with her album but at this point it’s not looking great.

    As much as he may want to blame scheduling and MLB for the ratings decline, Simon has managed to make X Factor worse with all of the changes.  Khloe was a horrible choice of a co-host and needs to be the first to be sent packing in the off-season.   I wouldn’t be terribly upset if he gets rid of Mario too but I think he was hampered by being saddled with Khloe.  I think he could improve next season as a solo host.  I think Steve Jones would have improved if he had been given the opportunity to return for season two so I think Mario should probably be given another chance. The Britney hire was a failure and I’d let her go too.    Honestly, I think he needs to make a clean sweep of the mentors panel and start from scratch next season.     Maybe with L.A. leaving the show to return to his duties at the label he’ll be able to focus more on some of his acts from last season like Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and Astro (and isn’t he suppose to be working with Melanie?).  Even though there hasn’t been a whole lot happening with those alums in terms of sales and airplay I’m not quite ready to write them off just yet.

  • iluvai

    ID was awesome.   :)

  • HighOnElliott

    I knew this show was doomed for me, when I could only tolerate it by hitting the mute button every time Khloe spoke. I sincerely hope Mario is getting paid a yitload of cash for putting up with her, and even then, I still feel very sorry for him having to generate fake enthusiasm and hype…….. 

  • hercules40

    Khloe – bad
    Mario – I do believe this show has found a host
    Brittney – decent
    LA Reid – ok, sad to see you go
    Simon – the reason you watch
    Demi – feisty, needs to come back, give her contestants better songs

    Tate winning – Good for the show (it p***ed all of you off!!!)

    I’d buy a Tate Stevens record. Also buy a Fifth Harmony record. I would not buy a Carly record. She’s too young. Like Rachel was. She needs seasoning. What’s her audience?

    The reason I stopped watching American Idol is because it became too generic, offering nothing new, and none of the new talent after a certain point is anything to get excited about (it can be argued). There have been no Kelly Clarksons, no Carrie Underwoods, no Adam Lambert, etc, etc, etc… Then again, someone might come along to surprise us this year.

    The fact that the XFactor is over the top is what makes this show interesting.

  • Mateja Praznik

    So, who is getting signed? I guess after Tate, Caryl Rose, 5th Harmony and Emblem3?

    So far, from XF UK: James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Union J, Ella Henderson (All Sony) and Lucy Spraggan is also releasing music early next year, but I don’t know who is she signed to.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    O this show…. happy for you Tate. Hey, what someone else said is right. This show may be sucky but both Carly and Tate could not have really gone the other 2. Congrats Tate! Wish you the best. Carly will be fine she has her whole career ahead of her. Truly a child prodigy. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    The diversity and talent was all their. Then the business kicked in and destroyed everything. Favorite quote from Phantom of the Opera… when the Phantom tells the owners ‘your place is in an office, not the arts’. – hear that XFactor producers? I hope it haunts you in your dreams.

  • blackberryharvest

    Happy Tate won! Both Britney and Carly looked TERRIFIED before the winner was announced.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Yes. That was the worst finale I have ever watched. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Like the Idol finale, the rest of the Top 13 should have been
    highlighted. Nigel learned that the audience WANTS TO SEE THEIR IDOLS ON
    STAGE. The group numbers and superstar duets with the finalists who
    have already been eliminated are the best part of the Idol finale. Even
    The Voice producers get it.”

    Exactly, MJ. The group numbers and superstar duets ARE the best and most memorable parts of the final shows, no matter how cheesy or amusing. You and I are sharing a brain when it comes to opinions about the X-Factor US (scary, huh? ;) ).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m impressed by how mature and classy Carly behaved when she heard that she had lost. Best of luck to her.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    All of these reality singing shows are at the mercy of the viewing/voting demographic, which is not well represented by those who are the target of Top 40/CHR music. There’s only so much that these shows can do to counteract that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “He likes people and is himself likeable guy. I think getting along so
    well with other people and having sort of easy going and charming
    attitude may “make him sell well” also, if he will have decent enough
    stuff to sing and perform. He radiates good will and vibes.”

    Tate’s biggest strengths and major reasons why he won. Also, he is “authentic” musically and is a good singer, albeit nothing outstanding. I think that he would be very happy to have a modest career that allows him to do what he loves and support his family well.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I will not give out a single A+ performance on the live shows. Carly and Tate came close with Bonfire and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. But it’s not something I will remember and click back to watch in a years time. What I will maybe when I’m bored and want some nostalgia go back to watch in a years time is FH’s Impossible at Judges Homes, Carly Rose’s Audition of Feeling Good, Arin Ray’s and Emblem3′s auditions with their ORIGINALS…which indicates that for me the live shows have sucked so much a**.

    Last year at least there were a couple of A+ performances for me. Drew’s What A Feeling, Astro’s Lose Yourself and Rachel’s I’d Rather Go Blind. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Holy crap is Carly’s audition video the top watched singing competition video ever? Has a performance ever reached 20 million views? 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Susan Boyle’s video was watched a lot more, but Britain’s Got Talent wasn’t specifically a singing competition.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=susan+boyle&oq=susan+boyle&gs_l=youtube.3..0l2j0i3j0l7.5458.6892.0.7188.11.6.0.2.2.1.240.794.2j3j1.6.0…0.0…1ac.1.nvyD9FDpzws

    Cumulatively, counting all the versions posted, SuBo’s audition has iat least 160,000,000 views.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Funny how it used to be hard for country singers to win these things.  Now if your are halfway decent you are a lock.  Wanted Carly but rednecks vote hard.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    If the portrayal of Carly’s family and friends were accurate I in a way was glad they weren’t over emotional. It really brought me back down to earth. They seem to get that yes it is a big deal but it’s not the end of the world or is the entire world. I like that her brother and dad are down to earth. Her dad said something about it’s not what you achieved that made him the most proud its that she put in the hard work to get where she is. This is not a family with a sob story and it’s refreshing. Carly always mentions Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and the Black Keys. Her musical tastes already have me sold. Not to mention her brothers a fan of Robert Johnson one of the pioneers of blues guitar. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    Diamond was the same kind of kind, and I am impressed by them both, too – but kind of scared, too.When I came back to watch this XF idol finale, I will take the opportunity to write something about these “meltdowns”. I think it is normal for the real youngsters get emotional bursts (Bea, Rachel, Drew, even Lauren Alaina was close to that, when once on the bottom 2).

    It is another whole big question, whether 12-16 years olds should be at all in the competions like this, but if the age limit is 12, then
    1) it would be required special understanding from the judges and XF staff, how to treat the youngsters
    2) that would require more engouraging attitude towards them than towards the other contestants, because people in that age need that (and it would not be unfair towards the other contestants, because it would be like critisizing Freddie Combs of not dancing. People are different, and should be treated in the different ways).
    3) Also possible outbursts should not be taken with horror – with the kids, these outbursts come and go, it is normal, and they are “at play” again quickly. Outbursts should not be watched in the negative way, like Combs’ fatness should not be watched in that way
    4) This attitude towards the 12-16 year kids could be announced publicly in the beginning of the competion
    5) Audience should be reminded, that they would not seek to except the adult behaviour from the youngsters – because they are not yet even young adults.

    I found it in its own way at least as scary, when Diamond in top16 took her sending home so “lightly”, because I felt, here is a person, who has learned to say “It does not matter, I am fine” and take all the burden to herself smilingly (like maybe not having a father etc). I cannot see, that if she would have had emotional outburst as a child she is, that it would have been any worse – it could have been healthier in fact to her.

    It is not exactly the same with Carly, I think she has the roots to many hundred years old “aristocratic” class act culture and she is however young she is, a real lady, and of course I admire a lot her style to take a loss. But I find that also a bit scary, like I would find some young lady´s behaviour from the 1900th century scary, although elegant.
    What I mean is, that if she would have had emotional outburst it would not have bothered me at all, or nearly vice versa, it could have done good for her. The little girl was under immense pressure.

    Youngsters between 12-16 years would need to have right and place to cry, when feeling hurt, even though adults would be expected not to cry in the same situation.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    If you watched closely Carly started actually crying after the final results. Evidence she is still a kid on the inside… but a very respectable one. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    A VERY respectable one, I admire her and her elegancy, she is a rare gem.

    But in these kind of shows, I am not afraid if the child starts to cry, but I am scared of the audience, who forgets, that they are children and is requiring from the kids adult behaviour, even aggressively (I do not mean anybody here).

    So my point is, that if Carly would have had emotional outburst, I would not have thought: “Oh, this is terrible. She cannot control herself.” etc etc

    Carly has cried in the shows earlier also, like when getting to top24, so to me she is not some cold statue, but very sensitive young class act lady. I love her.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    MJ, I pretty much gave up on watching this season and didn’t watch last night’s show at all. But, your summation and opinion were an absolutely delightful read. Thank you for doing that so that some of us were spared.

  • mmb

    Last night’s finale was a total snooze.  The show itself was boring (when Pitbull is the highlight you know you have a problem lol). The results were a foregone conclusion.  There were a few LOL moments..my favorite was when a few minutes after they had Carly sing a Christmas song in front of a huge Christmas tree they showed her grandma in front of a menorah (couldn’t they have given the kid a hanukah or some other non-demoninational song?)…followed closely by 1D, 3rd place UK finisher and the biggest group in the world at the moment performing on the finale, while the judges and hosts kept talking about how important winning was over the 2 nights of the finale…Kloe has actually gotten worse as the season progressed…she was terrible last night.  Just keep Mario.  And get rid of the 12-15 year olds…have a 16 year old age limit …there is something unseemly about 37 year old Tate competing against a 13 year old who is basically about the same age as his kids

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     American Idol always pull videos from youtube. Difficult to judge,

  • http://twitter.com/idolxfactor1 Al Kahn

    MJ….As you know I have been a
    big fan of your insightful commentary on all the performance reality shows you cover…but today’s rap up analysis of S2 is right on point! 1st suggestion that Tate
    align himself with knowledgeable peeps:) from Nashville is brilliant…cause if
    you totally leave if up to Epic
    Records…forget it…he will never be heard from again..ie Melanie Amaro! 2nd
    the path you think Carly Rose should take makes perfect
    sense…gain some success with Disney (or
    some other popular teen entity) By the time she hits 20…I have a feeling
    we will know her name! With strong songwriting skills maybe a
    Alicia Keys Or Avril Lavigne type artists? 
    Finally if they are going to attempt season 3….why doesn’t Simon try
    looking closer at the UK model & take from that what will work in the US…another
    new set of hosts might be a good place to start…and drop things like rankings
    & over choreograph judging commentary. right now it’s even more transparent
    then Idol or SYTYCD, which is a constant source of annoyance for this uploader:))
     

     

    Well done MJ…Look forward to
    Idol next month!

  • Trina

    Watching my local Fox news..Tate said hes moving to Nashville January 2 and said from what he understands hes going to start writing for his album right away.

    Simon was interviewed and said that while he hoped for his girls in 5H to win Tate was his 2nd choice and that hes happy with his win. Thinks hes a nice guy with a great voice and that he expects a great future from him and 5H (no mention of Carly hmm)

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz Luz Mae Salvador

    YEHEY!!! TATE IS THE WINNER!!!!!!!! CONGRATS TATE!! 

  • mmb

    I doubt Syco will sign Carly — not because she isn’t amazingly talented and doesn’t have a bright future, but because Simon probably has no idea what to do with her right now from a recording perspective.  She is a little too old and too cool to go the “little angelic girl” singer route that he took with Jackie Evancho, but she is too young to have a viable radio career right now (radio simply is not going to play a 13 year old …they didn’t play any of the disney/nick princess or beiber at that age either).  So what do they do with her right now?  What would her album look like?  Who is it marketed to?  Agree with MJ and others that something in the Nick/Disney sphere would make sense.  OFC it takes time to develop a new show around someone, nor is it a simple matter to just introduce a new character into an existing show.  She is a super talented girl and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her make it big in a few years.  But what she does right now (beyond what she was currently doing e.g. children’s roles on Broadway) is anyone’s guess

  • albean99

    Reading Mj’s comments makes me happy we skipped this season also.  We tried watching a couple of episodes season 1 and it seemed all about the judges.  I can’t say I’m really impressed by the f3 but I didn’t see their performances all season. 

  • kmd23

     It is a good that Tate is moving to Nashville. I hope he gets his album out as soon as he can. I bet he will.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Someone said, “Good luck to all the contestants, and may the best man win.” Which did happen, since Tate was the only man in the finale, the best man did win. Grats Tate, good luck.

    I am a country music fan, and a fan of classic rock & roll (Elvis, Beatles, CCR, Buddy Holly, etc.). In today’s country music, Tate will have an awful lot of competition. Scotty has done very well, but he is only similar to a couple other current popular country stars (although his age makes Scotty somewhat unique for a male country singer,) whereas Tate, is similar to a multitude of current country stars. I think Tate’s age and similarity with other current country stars will make it difficult for Tate to have the kind of success Scotty is having.

    There is no age restriction on talent. Shirley Temple, Michael Jackson, Donny Osmond, Tatum O’neil, Hillary Duff, Melissa Joan Hart, Tanya Tucker, Christina Aguilara, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, to name a few, all as young as Carly or younger, were very successful at a young age.

    Tate is good, but in my opinion, he is not as good as many current country stars today. Carly on the other hand is outstanding, and compares to no one in the current market. What would she sing if she were to release a song or album? Pretty much anything she darn well wanted to, and I am quite certain her voice would be beautiful and flawless. Personally, I wish she had won because I am looking forward to buying her music when it gets released (yes, I am that confident she will get at least one album out within the next year), but if she had won, I think her music would have been out faster. I love her voice, and the way she uses it, and I could care less that the voice is coming from a 13 year old, it is beautiful. Good luck Tate, and good luck Carly, hope to be hearing both of you on the radio sometime in the near future.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Watching my local Fox news..Tate said hes moving to Nashville January 2 and said from what he understands hes going to start writing for his album right away.

    Good move, Tate Stevens! Building contacts in Nashville and getting crackin’ on that album is the best thing he could do. One of the big mistakes with Melanie Amaro’s launch was sequestering her for months, in anticipation of a big unveiling that turned out to be greeted with “Melanie who?”

    The more people Stevens writes with in Nashville, and the more he integrates himself into the local music scene, the better his chances of developing a reasonable music career. Even if country radio doesn’t need one more genial dude with a good heart, if people like working with him, there’ll be projects for him to work on in a non-frontman role. (And if country radio embraces him, he’ll have lots of friends. Win-win.)

    The biggest thing in Stevens’ favor at this moment — other than his visible love of music and performing — may be that he’s a grown-up, with significant life experience to help him sift the XFUSA “next big star” b.s. from the practical opportunities that he’s gained here.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N77WSXFT3CBBXQYEVMFM4GMOI4 Doris Rogers

    It will be interesting to see if he goes platinum like Scotty did.  My guess is NOT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N77WSXFT3CBBXQYEVMFM4GMOI4 Doris Rogers

    don’t forget Blue font for sarcasm!

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Regardless of what you think of the results ,the Xfactor finale was pretty pitiful as a TV show. Because the Voice finale was only 2 days earlier, the comparisons are inevitable. 

    Each show had 2 hours. XFactor had an opening number,  3 T3 finalist solos, 1 T2 finalist duet and 2 guest performers and a winner reprise. They did have a red carpet though.

    The Voice had 4 guest performers (2 of whom let finalists sing with them), 3 celebrity/finalist duets, 5 contestant-only numbers and a coach performance. They also managed to give away cars. The only thing they really messed up was cutting off the winner’s song reprise at the end.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    Quite spot on analysis of the season by MJSbigblog. One could write a book of the things, that were wrong, and not even a one liner, what was right. XF is a nasty show, impossible and suffering to watch – you would rather go to the dentist to the painful operation, because after that operation anyway, you will feel healthy. But in XF, no healthiness to be anywhere near around.

    Please, all the divine beings, release me from now on watching even a one single minute of XF in the future.

    Thank you MJSbigblog.

  • alonzo7

    Thanks to MJs Blog I didn’t have to watch the foregone conclusion to Tate winning although I did not mind him winning.  Even though I was sure Cassadee would win the Voice I preferred the style of the Voice and watched it live.
    Please get rid of Khloe-she adds no value to hosting-wouldn’t mind them replacing Britney-showed no compassion or personality to her very young acts.
    But to be honest there wouldn’t be much they could do to make me watch next season-three singing competitions are too much.

  • GinaBallerina

    Hey, I just want to urge anyone who may have enjoyed Tate’s final performance of “Tomorrow” to look up the original by a young and underrated country singer, Chris Young.  It’s a pretty song in its own right but Chris’s version is just so much >>>> than Tate’s.  I saw him a year ago at this shady little venue and he was just awesome.  I like to promote him whenever I can, as I think he should be bigger than he is!

    ETA: And that’s really all I have to say about the X Factor Season 2! MJ summed it up perfectly!

  • blackberryharvest

    A lot of people say Carly should go Nick/Disney, but I don’t think they want to become a dumping ground for X Factor contestants.

  • davedpg

    I’m watching the finale now on ITV2 and this makes our UK version look amazing

  • Mateja Praznik

     Yeah, the UK viewers think XF USA is fantastic, but Tate Stevens is the least liked finalists of the final 3 according to Entertainment portal Digital Spy. Over 56% love Carly.

  • davedpg

    I’m not saying that country music is hated in the UK but it’s a microscopic amount of people who like it.

    To me Tate is bloody awful, he just seems like a old bloke who gets up for some crap karaoke while drunk wearing a stupid hat all the time 

  • calliebeckett

    People in the UK used to like X Factor US until it got to the live shows. 

    They also underestimate how rabid the country fanbase is in America.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Woot! Pretty sure fifth Harmony got signed! Go them!