The Season 3 finale of "X Factor" (USA) kicks into gear on Wednesday evening (Dec. 18) with the Top 3 finalists in a sing-off for the title, the money, and the recording contract. And although we already know that professional oddsmakers have given Simon Cowell's protege, Alex & Sierra, the edge for the win, you never know what final comments, performances, and/or song choices could affect the final vote. Some really good indicators as to how the voting might go can be found on the Internet, so let's take a look and see which of the three "X Factor" finalists fare best and see what might be expected from the viewing voters.
Social media sites are generally good places to go to see how many people are following a given act. If one were to base Thursday's final results reveal on the number of "likes" a particular act has amassed, Alex & Sierra would be the runaway winner. Their Facebook page shows over 101,000 likes. Jeff Gutt, the Over 25s representative (mentored by Kelly Rowland), has nearly 61,000. Carlito Olivero checks in with almost 15,000.
Over on Twitter, Alex & Sierra are again the dominant social media force. Closing in on 223,000 followers to date, they lead their closest competitor, Carlito Olivero, by over 125,000 followers. (For the record, Carlito has over 95,000 Twitter followers.) Jeff Gutt trails Carlito by over 20,000 (with just over 72,000).
It stands to reason that the attractive duo Alex & Sierra would also dominate YouTube views, given that (did we mention they're attractive?) they've posted two No. 1 songs to iTunes in the past two weeks. In fact, the video for the cover of Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" has pulled in over 1.7 million views on the "X Factor" Channel. (The Of Monsters and Men cover, "Little Talks," has nearly 900,000.) Their closest competitor in this category is Jeff Gutt, whose powerful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" garnered him nearly 600,000 views. Together with Imagine Dragons' "Demons," Jeff nearly has a million views. Carlito Olivero's covers of Marc Anthony's "I Need To Know" and Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" together barely get him over the half million threshold.
Of course, Alex & Sierra dominate this area as well, placing six songs on the iTunes Top 100 Songs list last week after the Top 4 performance show. "Gravity" and "Say Something" (A Great Big World) hit the top spot a week apart. ("Say Something" shot to No. 1 on iTunes following the Top 6 performance episode.) Jeff Gutt scored a Top 10 tune with "Hallelujah" (it actually hit No. 1 before the show went off the air but gradually gave way to "Gravity") and a Top 20 with "Demons." (Jeff, according to The Hollywood Reporter, placed six songs in the Top 10 on the iTunes rock chart during this time frame.) Carlito Olivero failed to crack the Top 100 with his two performances although he did place "I Need To Know" in the Top 10 on the Latin chart.
So there you have it, and it looks as if Alex & Sierra just might run away with the voting, especially given their stage presence, love story chemistry (they're dating), and catchy song arrangements. Oh, and then there are the professional oddsmakers. Bovada.com also sees Alex & Sierra as the Season 3 "X Factor" winners.
If there was to be an "X Factor" shocker during Season 3, the finale results show would be the perfect place for it.
But it is doubtful the duo will fall. Given the same indicators, Tessanne Chin went on to win "The Voice" on Tuesday night. The only area she wasn't favored was with the oddsmakers, although her odds of winning were nearly as good as Jacquie Lee's. (Lee was runner-up.)
"X Factor" will air its two-part finale beginning at 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday when the Top 3 finalists will perform three songs each. The Season 3 results will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. as well.