updated 12/22/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/22/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
There can be only one. So, who should it be?
Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene and each made their case on Wednesday night to take the crown as the season 1 winner of The X Factor, and the $5 million recording contract that goes with it.