The X Factor's Melanie Amaro Reveals Snack Addiction - Exclusive

When Melanie Amaro sings, people listen.Melanie looked like she could be the winner of The X Factor after she ended— and stole — the Wednesday night performance finale show with her version of Beyonce’s “Listen.”The 19-year-old beauty faced stiff competition as fellow contestants Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik also rose to the occasion with great performances on the hit FOX reality show. But after she threw down “Listen,” her judge/mentor Simon Cowell thought...

'X Factor's' Nicole Scherzinger on the 'Krajcik Magic': 'We've Come Full Circle... At Last'

  It’s been a long journey of many months and even more tears but X Factor  judge  Nicole Scherzinger  couldn’t have been prouder on Wednesday night. Not only did her Over 30s finalist  Josh Krajcik  bring it home with his performances of “Uninvited” with  Alanis Morissette  and an encore of “At Last,” his audition song, but a sense of accomplishment took over following the first half of the finale. After some 100,000 hopefuls, the three contestants left -- Krajcik,  Chris Rene  and Melanie Amaro  -- were the right people who belonged there. Read More...

'X Factor': Melanie Amaro's mother, Nicole Scherzinger's hair and confetti-palooza

Well, we've made it to the finals. And "The X Factor" is pretty much a well-oiled machine by now. But that didn't stop some funny things from happening.Here's the best of what went on when the camera stopped rolling.What's that you said? - The audience was as loud as it's been for the entire show. How loud was it? It got to the point that Nicole Scherzinger needed to lean over just so she could hear what Paula Abdul was saying. And the two sit directly next to each other at the judges table.Lobbying for votes - Melanie Amaro's mother made the trip from South Florida to Los Angeles for the finals. During a commercial break, she had a moment to address the crowd. She then said the only thing that seemed necessary, "Please vote for Melanie." Mother's Day is only five months away. Melanie, you better start shopping now.Random thought - Was it just...

'X Factor': Contestants and judges reflect on the finals

If there was ever a time to lay it all on the line on "The X Factor," Wednesday (Dec. 21) was that night. After an evening of star-studded duets with R. Kelly, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette, the finalists then gave their last solo performance. Following the show, the contestants and mentors took a moment to reflect on the night and their journey during a post-show press conference. Here's the best of what they had to say.Simon Cowell on Melanie Amaro's chances: "I was nervous until that very last song by Melanie. And if that doesn't win the competition, I might as well give up...My gut, my heart tells me that Melanie should win after tonight."Nicole Scherzinger on Josh Krajcik's duet performance: "A great artist doesn't make it about just themselves when they're on stage. They give love to others, not only the audience, but to the other artists on stage. A lot of artists...

VIDEO: Chris Rene Sings "Young Homie" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011

Day before the finale, Chris brings back his original song, a fan favorite, for his final performance of the night.

VIDEO: Josh Krajcik Sings "At Last" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011

Josh sings a final song on this episode before the finale.

Josh Krajcik and Alanis Morissette Sing "Uninvited" on The X Factor Finale [VIDEO]

Josh Krajcik and Alanis Morissette Sing "Uninvited" on The X Factor Finale

VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Listen" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011

Day before finale, Melanie sings her last song of the night.

VIDEO: Chris Rene and Avril Lavigne Sing "Complicated" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011

Day before the finale, Chris duets with Avril for his first song.

'X Factor': 50 Cent Joins Star-Studded Lineup of Finale Performers

  Fox’s  The X Factor  judges are pulling out their formidable rolodexes to make sure that Thursday’s finale results show helps the series go out with a bang. L.A. Reid  has now added rapper  50 Cent  to the mix. And an inside source tells  The Hollywood Reporter  that the producer and men’s team judge "still has a couple surprises up his sleeve." The Grammy-award winning rapper, writer, and producer joins already reported guest performers  for Thursday:  Justin Bieber ,  Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Pitbull,  and  Leona Lewis. Read More...