'The X Factor' Predictions: Who Will Win Season 3?
'The X Factor' Predictions: Who Will Win Season 3?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's all over. The X Factor season 3 comes to an end tonight, and one act will win the million dollar recording contract. The Final 3 performances weren't exactly the best of the year (the last two weeks have been extraordinary), but it's still time to crown a winner.

Will Jeff Gutt propel Kelly Rowland to a victory and become the second Over 25 to win in a row? Can Carlito Olivero surprise everyone after being in the bottom twice this season to eke out a win for Paulina Rubio and the Boys? Or will Alex and Sierra win and become only the second Group to win The X Factor after 13 seasons in the U.K. and U.S. (joining Little Mix)?

Let's look at each of their cases.

Carlito Olivero

The ultimate comeback kid, he's avoided elimination twice and fought back each time. He's certainly come on strong in these final weeks after being nothing special in the beginning. He has a stranglehold on the Latino vote and has been adding more and more Spanish-language singing into his performances recently. His personal story is also compelling, coming from nothing, but is that enough? He hasn't been anything special, and since neither of the other acts have ever been in the bottom, they clearly have the edge. It didn't help that his last performance wasn't very special.

Jeff Gutt

The sentimental choice, Jeff's greatest asset is his cute son, Talon. The show has been putting that kid front and center all season, reminding viewers that Jeff is a sensitive single dad. Based on the way they've framed it, it almost feels like, if he doesn't win, Talon will starve and have to become a Victorian-era pickpocket to make ends meet. His solid rocker vocals also help, but I suspect it's his story that really tugs at the heartstrings of most viewers.

Alex and Sierra

I make no apologies for shamelessly promoting these two. I want them to win. I need them to win. And so does Simon Cowell. Over the past few weeks we've seen them hit #1 on iTunes, proving their viability as successful recording artists. That's something The X Factor needs after Melanie Amaro and Tate Stevens.

They've had many of the best performances of the season, from "Say Something" and "Say My Name" to "Gravity" and "Best Song Ever," etc. And most importantly, they're original and creative. They don't just sing standard reality competition songs, it's not simply karaoke covers, they reinvent many of the arrangements and make the songs fresh and new. Their version of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" is virtually unrecognizable from the original.

It's easy to imagine Alex and Sierra having a career. Demi Lovato frequently said she had their songs on her iPod and listens to them. Do you think she does that with Jeff or Carlito? No, because Alex and Sierra are something special, something beyond reality competitions.

My Prediction

I predict Alex and Sierra will win. I'm not sure if I genuinely believe that or if I just want it to be true, but I'm sticking to it. The cynical part of me thinks Jeff Gutt will win simply because of how hard Kelly Rowland pushed for it in order to help his son. Alex and Sierra don't have a cute kid who will apparently become a homeless drug addict if they don't win.

As for Carlito, I refuse to accept even the possibility that he will win. If that happens, The X Factor will become as big a joke as Paulina Rubio already is after her horrendous tenure as a judge and mentor, mangling the English language and embarrassing herself with her performance.

Who do you think will win The X Factor season 3? And which musical guest are you most excited to see on the finale: Lea Michele, One Direction, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Pitbull or Ke$ha? That's a trick question, because the correct answer is Lea Michele.

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