The "X Factor" (USA version) may have finally produced its very first superstar act. No, not Fifth Harmony, although they've scored the highest posting on the Billboard 200 albums chart thus far. And no, it isn't Melanie Amaro or Tate Stevens, the first two seasons' winners, either. Neither seem to have become the next big thing. But Season 3 just might see several big acts emerge from its roster, but one has risen to the top, literally, scoring a chart-topping single on the iTunes chart. That act? The duo Alex and Sierra.
Not only did they steal the performance show on Wednesday night's live episode, as noted by Rolling Stone's recap on Dec. 5, but both Alex and Sierra songs, "Say My Name" and "Say Something," soared up the iTunes chart. "Say Something," a cover of A Great Big World (ft. Christina Aguilera)'s hit, landed at No. 1 and stayed there for two days.
When critiquing, mentor Simon Cowell said he'd be on iTunes downloading the song. He said the song was not only the best of the night, but the best of the season.
The duo emerged as frontrunners after they covered Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" as a big band arrangement for their Top 8 performance, becoming the act to beat according to professional oddsmakers like Bovada.com. After their clean sweep with the two Top 6 performances, they'll undoubtedly remain the act to beat.
And it is all due to their eclectic, laid-back, acoustic beach music jazzy sound, not to mention their stage chemistry and presence. From the first time America met Alex and Sierra during the "X Factor" auditions, their adoration for each other translated well on stage and on television, their vocal harmonies and solos in their rendition of Britney Spears' "Toxic" were oddly mesmerizing.
Staying true to that odd-but-captivating jazzed-up-Mraz sound has let the "X Factor" audience and voters know who the Florida couple are as artists and just where they'll take their own music. And it is a really good place. A place where many wouldn't mind being -- hence the No. 1 spot on iTunes.
As part of the Groups category, the pair are being mentored by Simon Cowell, who also has a second act that made the Top 4: Restless Road. This trio of solo guys Simon thought would sound good together (and he was right) had the No. 1 country song on iTunes with their cover of Avicii's "Wake Me Up."
The two acts will compete with Carlito Olivero (from Judge Paulina Rubio's Boys) and Jeff Gutt (from Judge Kelly Rowland's Over 25s).
As for Alex and Sierra becoming the first "X Factor" superstar act, that would only be the U. S. version of the show, because the U. K. has produced a couple of international superstars, like One Direction and Leona Lewis. The Brit version has also connected with the home crowd, scoring 33 chart-toppers on the British charts.
Thus far, Alex and Sierra's "Say Something" has been the sole "X Factor" chart topper. Melanie Amaro, the show's Season 1 winner, had two Top 10 Club/Dance chart songs. Season 2 winner Tate Stevens barely broke the Top 50 with "Holler If You're With Me" (No. 50 on Country Hot Songs) and "Power Of A Love Song" (No. 49 on Country Airplay). Emblem3's biggest hit so far has been "Chloe (You're The One I Want)," which peaked at No. 25 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. And Fifth Harmony scored a No. 27 hit on the Mainstream Top 40 with "Miss Movin' On."
The show's creator, Simon Cowell, promised a superstar when he debuted "X Factor" in the United States in 2011. Although making good on the promise has so far eluded the show, he may have found more than one on the Season 3 roles. Regardless, it looks as if he's definitely got one with Alex and Sierra.
"X Factor" airs on Fox Television on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. (EST).