The X Factor USA (Season 1)
Series 1
Broadcast from 21 September - 22 December 2011
Judges Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Nicole Scherzinger
LA Reid
Presenters Steve Jones
Network FOX
Number of finalists 17
Winner Melanie Amaro
Runner-up Josh Krajcik
Previous None
Next Season 2
Season 1 of The X Factor USA ran from 21 September 2011 to 22 December 2011 on FOX.

It was won by 19-year-old pop singer Melanie Amaro who was mentored by Simon Cowell in the Girls category.


Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; boot camp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in March 2011 and concluded in June 2011. The show was hosted by Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones, while the original judging panel consisted of Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. Cole later departed from the show after just two audition rounds and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

An early preview of The X Factor aired during the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12, 2011. Another preview was shown following American football coverage on Fox on September 11. The show was simultaneously broadcast in Canada on CTV or CTV Two, depending on schedule.



Contestant Category Finish Elimination
70px Phillip Lomax
22, Seattle, Washington
Boys 13-17th
week one
By mentor
70px The Brewer Boys
15-18, Temecula, California
Groups 13-17th
week one
By mentor
70px Dexter Haygood
49, Memphis, Tennessee
Over 30s 13-17th
week one
By mentor
70px Tiah Tolliver
20, Chula Vista, California
Girls 13-17th
week one
By mentor
70px Simone Battle
22, Los Angeles, California
Girls 13-17th
week one
By mentor
70px InTENsity
12-17, various places
Groups 12th
week two
Majority vote
70px The Stereo Hogzz
24-25, Houston, Texas
Groups 11th
week three
Majority vote
70px Stacy Francis
42, Brooklyn, New York
Over 30s 10th
week four
Majority vote
70px Lakoda Rayne
17-22, various places
Groups 9th
week five
Fewest public votes
70px LeRoy Bell
60, Tacoma, Washington
Over 30s 8th
week five
70px Astro
15, Brooklyn, New York
Boys 7th
week six
Fewest public votes
70px Drew
14, Chino Valley, Arizona
Girls 6th
week six
Majority vote
70px Rachel Crow
13, Longmont, Colorado
Girls 5th
week seven
70px Marcus Canty
20, Bowie, Maryland
Boys 4th
week eight
Fewest public votes
70px Chris Rene
28, Santa Cruz, California
Boys 3rd
week nine
Fewest public votes
70px Josh Krajcik
30, Wooster, Ohio
Over 30s Runner-up
week nine
Fewest public votes
70px Melanie Amaro
19, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Girls Winner
week nine
Most public votes

Selection process


See: List of The X Factor USA auditionees (season 1)

Auditions were held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Newark, Miami, Dallas and Seattle.


See: Bootcamp (USA season 1)

Judges' Homes

See: Judges' Houses (USA season 1)

Summary of judges' homes
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Reid Boys The Hamptons, New York Rihanna Brennin Hunt, Nick Voss, Skyelor Anderson, Tim Cifers
Cowell Girls France Three vocal coaches Caitlin Koch, Jazzlyn Little, Melanie Amaro, Tora Woloshin
Scherzinger Over 30s Malibu, California Enrique Iglesias Christa Collins, Elaine Gibbs, James Kenney, Tiger Budbill
Abdul Groups Santa Barbara, California Pharrell Williams 2Squar'd, 4Shore, Illusion Confusion, The Asner

Live Shows

Results Summery

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Eliminated 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px
Melanie Amaro Saved 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st Winner
(week 9)
Josh Krajcik Saved 3rd 6th 3rd 1st 4th 3rd 3rd Runner-up
(week 9)
Chris Rene Saved 7th 7th 4th 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd
(week 9)
Marcus Canty Saved 5th 9th 8th 7th 6th 4th 4th Eliminated
(week 8)
Rachel Crow Saved 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th Eliminated
(week 7)
Drew Saved 1st 3rd 5th 4th 5th Eliminated
(week 6)
Astro Saved 10th 4th 10th 6th 7th Eliminated
(week 6)
LeRoy Brown Saved 8th 5th 6th 8th Eliminated
(week 5)
Lakoda Rayne Saved 9th 10th 7th 9th Eliminated
(week 5)
Stacy Francis Saved 6th 8th 9th Eliminated
(week 4)
The Stereo Hogzz Saved 12th 11th Eliminated
(week 3)
InTENsity Saved 11th Eliminated
(week 2)
Simone Battle Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Tiah Tolliver Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Dexter Haygood Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
The Brewer Boys Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Phillip Lomax Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Bottom two None InTensity,
The Stereo Hogzz
Lakoda Rayne,
The Stereo Hogzz
N/A Bell,
N/A Canty,
No final showdown or judges' votes;
results were based on public votes alone
Reid's vote
to eliminate
Lomax InTENsity The Stereo Hogzz Francis N/A Bell N/A Drew Crow
Scherzinger's vote
to eliminate
Haygood InTENsity The Stereo Hogzz Astro N/A Canty N/A Drew Crow
Abdul's vote
to eliminate
The Brewer Boys InTENsity Lakoda Rayne Francis N/A Canty N/A Drew Canty
Cowell's vote
to eliminate
The Stereo Hogzz The Stereo Hogzz Francis N/A Bell N/A Canty Canty
Eliminated Phillip Lomax
The Brewer Boys
Dexter Haygood
Tiah Tolliver
Simone Battle
(3 of 4)
Majoity vote
The Stereo Hogzz
(3 of 4)
Majority vote
Stacy Francis
(3 of 4)
Majority vote
Lakoda Rayne
Public vote
LeRoy Bell
(2 of 4)
Public vote
(3 of 4)
Majority vote
Rachel Crow
(2 of 4)