The X Factor

Poll – Who will win The X Factor?

The finalists are finally revealed on the first season of The X Factor USA. Since Rickey.org readers are experts at these things — who do you guys think will win The X Factor? Take the poll!

Will the winner come from the Girls, Boys, Groups or Over 30s? I have so many favorites, I can’t choose!

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I like: Leroy Bell, Josh Krajcik, Melanie Amaro, Tiah Tolliver, Drew Ryniewicz, Chris Rene, Phillip Lomax, inTENsity and The Brewer Boys!

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carol
carol

Josh will be the winner

LUZ
LUZ

Chris Rene for the win? He is just so talented. His musical sound is different and enjoyable.

PHARO
PHARO

TIA BIGGIE OFF KEY LIPSTER NEEDS TO GO AS WELL AS ASTRO TURF BOY AND CHRIS RENE WON'T BE ABLE TO STAY OFF DRUGS..HE'S AN ADDICT..I HOPE HE DOES STAY CLEAN,BUT FROM WHAT I SEE SO FAR HE'WON'T BE ABLE TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OF THIS COMP AND SLIDE BACK INTO USING AGAIN..ANYWAYS IT'S A SINGING COMP,NOT A RAP CRAP..NO TALENT RAPPING

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Chris Rene Fan Site

There should be more votes for Chris Rene. Everyone knows he is going to win. Come on guys get with the program.

Rick
Rick

I was disappointed in several of the picks (Simone and Tiah over Caitlin and [initially] Melanie? Really?), which made me wonder if the judges were being a bit strategic knowing they will have to cut one (or two, in Simon's case) after the very first live show, as letting a less deserving contestant through to the live show would make for an easy first cut and earn the judges the support of the viewers).

In my perfect world, this is how things would go:
Cut in the first show - Rachel & Tiah (Girls), Astro (Boys), Dexter (Over 30's), & Brewer Boys (Groups)
Final 12 -
12) Phillip
11) Stereo Hogzz
10) Tiah
9) Simone
8) Stacy
7) Chris
6) Marcus
5) Leroy
4) inTENsity
2nd Runner-Up: Josh
1st Runner-Up: Melanie
Winner: Drew

How do I think it will actually go? It may depend on performances, but from what we've seen so far,

Cut in the first show:
Rachel & Simone (Girls): I think Simone will go because people just can't stand her, and Simon will realize that. Despite her immense pimpage, I'm picking Rachel to leave because really, who can see her as a legitimate pop star? Simon called Drew the best contestant he had seen, so I doubt she'd go. Simon wants to prove a point with Tiah, so he'll likely keep her for his ego. And Melanie will get the "oh dear, I almost went home" edit, so she won't go.
Phillip (Boys): I'm most confident about this one. His style isn't LA Reid's style, and he got little airtime. Plus, I don't see him owning the big stage.
Dexter (Over 30's): If he's entertaining, he could stay, but since the other three in the category have legitimately good voices, I don't see Nicole keeping him.
Lakoda Rayne (Groups): I like this group because they all have great voices, but I don't see Paula cutting any of the kiddie groups (Brewer Boys or inTENsity) or the other legit group Stereo Hogzz this early. Plus, they're all girls, and I see Paula favoring the guys.
12) Tiah - Simon likes her, but I don't know that America (and the other judges) do. I feel like she might be pushed as a potential winner if America catches on to her, though, because of her "rise from the ashes" story.
11) Stereo Hogzz - No one seems particularly excited about the groups, especially one not made of little kids.
10) Astro - He's a bit of a novelty act as a kid rapper, but he's also very obnoxious. I don't know that he can be taken seriously in a singing competition.
9) Marcus - Unfortunately, I don't think he'll stand out enough to move much further than this. I hope I'm wrong.
8) Brewer Boys - They're not especially charismatic, and with other young acts competing with them (ie: Drew, inTENsity), they may get lost in the mix.
7) Leroy - I think this will be a bit of a "shocker." He hasn't gotten as much airtime as the others, but he's got a great voice.
6) inTENsity - I'm not a five-year-old or Disney Channel fan, but I'm legitimately excited to see what these kids will be able to pull off. I have a feeling they'll be cut much earlier than this, but I definitely see the appeal and think they could really take advantage of the young fanbase.
5) Josh - Another shocker, as he has an amazing voice but may not charm as much as the others will.
4) Stacy - If she keeps up the charade of constant crying, people will be annoyed by her much sooner, but she has a story that begs for support, and she can sing well.
2nd Runner-Up: Drew (frontrunner status early on will likely cause others to support their other favorites in the end)
1st Runner-Up: Chris (ridiculously popular at this point, and will likely get far because of it)
Winner: Melanie (she can sing, she doesn't look like your typical pop star, has the "we almost cut you" story, and we saw a lot of her during Simon's apology... a true underdog story)

Katherine
Katherine

Phillip,Josh,Marcus,Stereo Hogz 2 win!!!

georgette tanner
georgette tanner

I think Drew has the best voice of all for the girls and I love Josh.

LUZ
LUZ

If you are looking for talent, creativity, personality, vote for Chris Rene. He is different than most rappers. Young Homey, written by Chris is a masterpiece. Remember Chris because he will become an icon. Give Chris the chance to show us all that can be done.

bwatt27
bwatt27

I honestly don't really care anymore. Caitlin Koch was unjustly let go by that troll Cowell. Gorgeous, and the voice of a sultry angel. I'm still pissed about her being cut!

Donna
Donna

Stacy Francis all the way!! she tells her life story with her singing, she will win the X Factor.. no one else

wYndYdaY
wYndYdaY

Officially, I will never be Nicole's fan again, so wont be Enrique's - why they let Elaine Gibbs go? JESUS.

Simon picked Simone - UGH the girl would mess her screen time up again - she could not sing the song properly in her audition and YOUR SONG she did was a mess.

My Fav: Drew, Melanie, Rachel, Stacy, & Josh.

Wayne Ferguson
Wayne Ferguson

We now know that Simon made 2 (two ) mistakes. The other one was letting Jazzlyn get away. He will live to regret that decision.

bev
bev

CHRIS RENE IS MY PICK !!!!!

Tony
Tony

Melanie and Drew are my two faves! I hope one of them wins the whole competition!

MsSwwood
MsSwwood

Rachel Crow, Chris Renee, and Josh Kracjik are my faves. Since I can't say anything nice about her, I will avoid talking about Tia. She gets on my nerves. lol Oops. So much for not talking about her. lol

April
April

I love Melanie. But for some reason, Simon really doesn't care for her. Either she doesn't have the "look," or he doesn't think she is desperate enough to be the kind of puppet he is looking for. I worry that he will have no problem throwing her under the bus for ratings. Am I the only one?

Michael J
Michael J

InTENsity!!! Just love those kids perform! Melanie Amaro too, awesome vocals! And Stacey Francis, yeah! Oh and Rachel Crow and The Brewer Boys! Ok, so I have 5 winners in my list?! Haha! :D

Carol Ann
Carol Ann

Chris Rene is the star, he just is. I do not even like rap but I like him. Wish Jazzlyn made it through. Stacey did get through. Those are my three faves. Stacy and her tears need to be put on hold, enough is just enough of the tears. She is in over drive with the tears now. Jazzlyn and her nerves got old also. They need to get a grip and just sing it to us all.

EdmondWayne
EdmondWayne

No. No. Leroy Bell had 3 BIG albums in the 70's under the name Bell and James. They were the black Hall and Oates. He wrote a huge hit for Elton John. This damn show should be called Second Chances. I love the British Version.

X Factor!
X Factor!

Rachel Crow will bring it home! Very upset with Nicole's picks though.

kayell
kayell

though i didn't vote for them, because i prefer another contestant, i'm surprised Stereo Hoggz didn't get a single vote up there. That lead singer is a beast, if his group picks up the slack, not that their bad in the first place, watch out for them.

KaryAnn
KaryAnn

Jazzlyn was my favorite. Very disappointing that they did not pick her.

Storm
Storm

I am drawn to Rachel Crow and Josh. It isn't just the talent they possess, but I love their character and personalities.

Phill
Phill

TEAM DREW!!! GO DREW !!!

C.J.
C.J.

Holy cow, Drew and Tiah look stunning in the promo clip! Anyway, voted for Drew, mostly due to the novelty of hearing a 14 year old girl sing with the wisdom and experience of someone much, much older. You go, girl!

Woah
Woah

Melanie lookin hella fierce in that top 17 preview. A+ to that makeover

Ana
Ana

MARCUS CANTY ALL THE WAY!
Hope he takes it all the way. That kid has TONS of potential.

monleo
monleo

COME ON! CHRIS RENE ALL THE WAY!!!! <3

He has my votes!!

Tony
Tony

I do believe it's early to be deciding "who will win", but my favorite is Phillip Lomax by far. His version of Please Don't Stop the Music was awesome, and it got stuck in my head ever since. I didn't even think it was a "Frank Sinatra"-esce performance the entire way through. It looks like he even mixed that up for the second half of the song.

He's been on my radar for a while now, so I'm interested to see what he pulls off next week. If they're doing a 5x elimination next week, I hope LA Reid keeps him around longer than "Astro" (who had attitude/respect problems, and is obnoxious) or dare I say, Chris Rene (guy has an amazing story, and a good voice, but I haven't seen him rise to the same level as he did in his initial audition). Marcus is a beast though...

Matt
Matt

Despite my extreme disappointment with the over 30's choices, I suppose there are a couple good acts there. I tried voting for Drew, but nothing happens.

Nora
Nora

It's too early to say.

Matt
Matt

Lol your picture of platform high heels man just upsets me.

Rick
Rick

I meant to put Lakoda Rayne as #10 in my preferred rankings, instead of Tiah twice.

wYndYdaY
wYndYdaY

With you on that. Her phrase, her chop, her falsetto was just the voice to be on the record. First when I saw her coming out with Bieber's fan thing, I thought this one was going to be lame so lame, but in all she is way way way better than Bieber.

Mikhail
Mikhail

Good song...but "masterpiece" for "most" people? LOL! I think not...

and I DO like Chris.

BEA
BEA

Give Stacy a chance. So what if she had exposure in the biz. She's old. Let her live her dream

Mikhail
Mikhail

Really? Her 'life story'? That she was on broadway and recorded several records in a girl band in the 90's with at least one big hit....or the story that she never got a break is a stay-at-home mother who never had the chance to showcase her talent ......and she doesn't want the "music to die with her." ? Which life story comes through in her singing --the real one or the X-Factor one?

Tony
Tony

My top 5 as well! :D

BEA
BEA

Jazzlyn is overrated. Yeah her audition was good but if she were in the live shows she'd probably sh*t her pants from nervousness.

Matt
Matt

You realize you are using "live to regret that decision" way out of context...

Anyway, not that I'm a supporter of either Tiah or Simone, but why would you pick Jazzlyn over either of them? Do you not remember her performance during "boot camp" where she didn't know a single word, and just cried instead?

Storm
Storm

I'm with you about Josh and Rachel being my faves, and I know EXACTLY what you mean about Tiah. Her bad attitude pout, harsh look in her eyes, and those over sized big lips makes me want to put a bag over her face. She annoys me and I am quite shocked he picked her because there were others better than her. I hope she is the first to go.

kelly
kelly

Simon picked Tiah and Simone because when looking at some of his past girlfriends, there are some definite similarities. When it comes to selling music he can also be very superficial, more based upon looks (Il Divo and Leona Lewis).

I actually think only 4 of these contestants could ever sell records: Drew, Chris, Lakoda Rayne, and maybe InTENsity. The rest are good but too young or too old and out-of-date. 4 others could have moderate careers: Melanie, Josh, Marcus and Stacey, but none of them are original. The Brewer brothers are a wildcard, they actually have little different sound to them.

soundslike
soundslike

Sounds like a great top 5 to me :)

Matt
Matt

My issue with them was they have 1 singer and 4 not so great backup dancers; to me it doesn't really qualify as a group.

Mikhail
Mikhail

Josh needs a bath....just sayin'

monleo
monleo

And Omg omg omg! Chris Rene looks so great up there in the intro package, that boy cleaned up real nice! YUM!

Mikhail
Mikhail

I should have been more specific: "boring, MALE crooners."

Mikhail
Mikhail

Ummm...Rickey...I notice Tiah has only one vote....could that be you since you are her only Rickey.org fan? :D

Frankly I think it will be (hold on now...) Josh or Leroy. Why? These shows love sameness....so boring crooners will prevail. Mind you, they are both talented...but I'd like to see something a little different.

Rickey
Rickey

Never to early to bet on a favorite. :)

Roel
Roel

The Brewer Boys are Fil_Am... :) I love the duo!
Philip Lomax is damn cute!
I go for Josh... Best voice!
Melanie is my fave for the girls.

BEA
BEA

<b>My Predictions:</b>

WINNER: Melanie Amaro - and they will shove it down our throats that she was almost cut. And because of this, she will make it far + her voice.

2nd Place: Chris Rene - because out of all the males, his story and style sticks most to viewers, so he easily gets the female vote.

3rd Place: Rachel Crow - with the pimpage she's gotten and her young age and quirkiness, she will make it far and get the tween and granny vote.

4th Place: Stacy Francis - people will get tired of her emotional side and prematurely vote her off.

5th Place: Josh K. - Soulful voice, could come in 4th but between him and Stacy, he will be sent home during DEADLOCK.

6th Place: Astro - young age + mainstream style keeps him far. His ego does not.

7th Place: Intensity - they will eventually get cheesy but Austin, John, and Nick Dean's cuteness will help the group make it to the summer tour (top 8)

8th Place: Philip Lomax or Tiah Tolliver

<b>The Contestants Who the judges will cut to make the Top 12:</b>

Simon cuts: Simone (because her and Tiah are similar and Simon likes Tiah more) and Drew (because honestly, Tiah causes drama and ratings and Rachel and Melanie have been too pimped)

Nicole cuts: Leroy (less screen time compared with Dexter who will cause controversy and ratings, Stacy, and Josh)

Paula cuts: Brewer Boys (obviously)

LA cuts: Marcus Canty (its down to him and Philip but Philip is this year's hot guy and he has a unique style compared to Marcus's black guy R&B)

/prediction over

Matt
Matt

I finally made that Dexter picture my desktop wallpaper, with the caption "Your touch got me lookin' so crazy"

Rickey
Rickey

LOL! It was either that or Rachel Crow...