Nicole Scherzinger has collapsed into a fit of tears, Rachel Crowe has fallen dramatically to the floor, and even Simon Cowell has shown his softer side. Still, the winner of "The X-Factor" -- and a 5 million-dollar recording contract -- is yet to be determined.
The actual performances of the final three were not quite as interesting to viewers as the sad and inspiring life stories Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Melanie Amaro continue to draw out. So despite Josh's nervous performance of "Uninvited" with Alanis Morissette, Chris's cringe-inducing duet with Avril Lavigne of her song "Complicated," and Melanie's rendition of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" -- which needed more emotion, according to Paula Abdul -- the winner will likely be who everyone likes the best. Or feels the most sorry for, at least.
Once again, life's just a big popularity contest! In which case, enjoy these photos of the finale and the whole year of "X-Factor," just like you might a high school yearbook you're desperately hoping to get signed.