By LYDIA GEHRING
LOS ANGELES — He may not have come in first place in the eyes of America, but in the hearts of his fans, Josh Krajcik was the clear winner.
After more than two months of competition on the Fox television show, “The X Factor,” everything came down to the finale on Thursday, when votes were counted for the last three contestants still standing — Krajcik, Melanie Amaro and Chris Rene.
Earlier in the show, host Steve Jones announced Rene had come in third place, which left Krajcik and Amaro to find out who would walk away with a recording contract worth $5 million.
Before the winner was announced, the two finalists sang a duet, acting like they were the best of friends rather than two competitors going head to head for a life-changing prize. But when that final moment of truth came, it was Amaro who inched above the Wooster native to become America’s first star on “The X Factor.”
“I love all you guys as you can see,” Krajcik said, after he saw the messages from some of the most important people in his life, shown by “The X Factor.” “This means a lot to me. My life is beginning to make sense.”