"THE X FACTOR" Finalists chosen by America!

Rene, Amaro, and Krajcik compete for the title and $5 million prize Wednesday, Dec. 21 on FOX 48

Friday, December 16, 2011 - 4:15pm

Only three finalists remain in the competition: Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene. Tune in to THE X FACTOR two-night finale Wednesday, Dec. 21 (7:00-8:30 p.m. live) and Thursday, Dec. 22 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live), when Melanie, Josh and Chris battle it out for THE X FACTOR title.

On last night's results show, Canty, one of L.A. Reid’s finalists from the Boys Under 30 category, was eliminated. Host Steve Jones revealed that more than 30 million votes were cast and that Canty of Bowie, Md., received the fewest votes and was sent home. In addition, Florence and the Machine performed “Spectrum,” and Nicole Scherzinger sang “Pretty.”

Next week, Amaro, Krajcik and Rene will take the stage during the last performance show of the season and compete for America’s votes, THE X FACTOR title, a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music and an iconic Pepsi commercial. Over 100,000 hopefuls auditioned, and only one finalist will earn the title. Don’t miss the Final Three perform LIVE on Wednesday, Dec. 21 (7:00-8:30 p.m. live) on FOX 48.

Immediately after next week’s performance show, fans will be able to vote via 1) Twitter at twitter.thexfactorusa.com; 2) Verizon Touch Voting on The Xtra Factor App on Verizon Android devices; 3) toll-free calling; 4) text messaging for Verizon Wireless customers; and 5) online at TheXFactorUSA.com. Fans with valid Facebook accounts can also vote at Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, Dec. 22 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live), for the special two-hour grand finale results show that will feature surprise guests, special performances and, of course, the crowning of THE X FACTOR winner.

The Top Three Finalists are:

 Melanie Amaro
 Hometown: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
 Currently Resides: Coral Springs, Fla./Sunrise, Fla.
 Mentor: Simon Cowell
 www.twitter.com/itsmelanieamaro (@ItsMelanieAmaro)

 Josh Krajcik
 Age: 30
 Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
 Currently Resides: Columbus, Ohio
 Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger
 www.twitter.com/JoshKrajcik (@JoshKrajcik)

 Chris Rene
 Hometown: Santa Cruz, Calif.
 Currently Resides: Santa Cruz, Calif.
 Mentor: L.A. Reid
 www.twitter.com/MrChrisRene (@mrchrisrene)

Visit www.TheXFactorUSA.com for up-to-the-minute news, videos and information. Become a fan of THE X FACTOR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #XFactor. Also, follow the judges: @SimonCowell; @PaulaAbdul; @LA_Reid; and @NicoleScherzy.

THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.

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