Which is the best photo?
I agree the third one is better, although
probably a bit oversaturated on his face.
I would brighten it
there's noticeable red-eye
It's always difficult editing someone else's photograph. The second picture has poor processing of the skin: it almost looks furry.
On the other hand, you've done a good job of editing out the old background and putting in something new.
The most important thing is what he thinks!