‘The X Factor’ 2011 winner — and some possible changes

We have a winner!

It’s been quite a season, but “The X Factor” has finally come to a close with a winner who almost didn’t even make it into the top 16 to begin with — Melanie Amaro.

From a pure standpoint of singing, Melanie was clearly the right choice to win out of the remaining three (even if we were still a Drew fan through and through). Her vocals were always strong, and she even proved during the finale courtesy of “All I Want For Christmas is You” that she can handle uptempo music. Is there a market for a singer like Melanie? Pia Toscano has a similar voice, and has struggled since “American Idol” to find her place — but then again, Pia also did not have Simon Cowell backing her up at every step.

Melanie’s win culminates what has actually been a rather uneven season — and one that needs to go through some major renovations if it was any chance at being successful.

What should be done? First things first, Nicole Scherzinger was a judge so negatively-perceived she may have actually hurt runner-up Josh Krajcik in the voting. She caused Rachel Crow to leave because she didn’t want to be mean, and her criticisms didn’t often make any sense at all. As for the rest of the panel, we anticipate ┬áthem staying around since they all at least had something to say — and we could see Mariah Carey joining them, since we know that Simon wants her on board this show in some capacity.

As for the show’s host, we’ve said time and time again that we like Steve Jones as a person. However, this finale showed that live TV with an audience and plenty of distractions is not for him. He becomes flustered, often becomes too reliant on the teleprompter, and really just seems awkward. Should he get his own talk show here in America? Yes, and we would watch every week! We wouldn’t actually be opposed to seeing Dermot O’Leary from the UK version making the jump over to America, or possibly hiring someone a pair of young stars to take the reigns.

Ultimately, though, you could keep Steve if the show fixes what has really been its biggest flaw overall — it feels like an album that has been overproduced to an extent that it feels like a computer program. Everything’s too streamlined, too over-the-top, and really just too loud. “Idol” still feels capable of intimate moments, while this show really forces them down your throat in between giant screens and dancers and songs we have heard a hundred times already on these sort of shows.

Thankfully, the show has plenty of time to sort its myriad of problems out. For now, congrats to Melanie, and now we sit back and enjoy a something strange in this day and age — a few weeks without a live singing competition on the air.

Photo: Fox

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