Season 1 of THE X FACTOR USA started off with a bang. The brand new U.S. reality showed featured four judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger. These industry veterans searched the United States hitting up Los Angeles, Chicago, Newark, Miami, Dallas, and Seattle in search of the freshest talent in America.
Out of the fray came 17 acts that made it to the finals.The acts were broken into four categories. Each category was mentored by one of the judges. Simon grabbed the Girls, L.A. Reid took the Boys, Nicole Scherzinger had the Over 30s, and Paula Abdul mentored the Groups.
The finalists were as follows. In the boys category: Astro, Marcus Canty, Phillip Lomax, and Chris Rene. In the girls category: Melanie Amaro, Simone Battle, Rachel Crow, Drew, and Tiah Tolliver. In the Over 30s: LeRoy Bell, Stacy Francis, Dexter Haygood, and Josh Krajcik. In the Groups category: The Brewer Boys, InTENsity, LaKoda Rayne, and The Stereo Hogzz.
Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, and Melanie Amaro were the only three acts standing at the end of live shows. After the nationwide vote was counted it was revealed that Melanie Amaro had won the first X FACTOR title.