We run down whom Simon Cowell might crown at the end of his new series' first season

By Annie Barrett
Updated December 09, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

At press time, five acts remained in the series’ first season: rock wailer Josh Krajcik, diva belter Melanie Amaro, songwriting rapper Chris Rene, cheese wedge Marcus Canty, and figment of Simon Cowell’s imagination Rachel Crow. Chris is original but has trouble with those pesky melodies. Rachel and Marcus are natural entertainers, but do voters want flash? Or a truly amazing singer?

Our Prediction Melanie and Josh are the final two; Josh wins.