Overall, it was a good finale, albeit very noisy. The constant screaming of the fans gave me a headache, I can just imagine what it was like live. The 3 finalists singing with Avril, RKelly and Alanis didn't help them any. They all sounded tentative and flat, you really could tell that they were nervous. The second part however was quite entertaining. I am happy that Josh sang his audition song, At Last. Amazing performance as always. As well, so happy to hear a longer version of Chris Rene's Young Homie. I thought Chris' performance was the most entertaining and got people up on their feet, heck, even Simon was swaying and bopping. This guy is truly an ultimate artist and performer, his energy is infectious. Simon was right, Young Homie is Chris' $5 million dollar song - win or lose, this song will bring him lots and lots of money.
Melanie undoubtedly the best singer in the group gave an outstanding performance but like her other performances, she just doesn't connect with me. And yes, who dresses her? She is only 22 but looks more like in her 30's. Her clothes are very unflattering.
No matter who wins, these 3 will get record deals. But of the 3, I predict that Chris Rene will be big because he is very current, he is more commercial, his music has soul - a very talented young man. I will definitely buy his albums, will also buy Josh's albums. Not for Melanie though because I have enough Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston music in my collection.