XFactor Top 7 Honor Michael Jackson [VIDEOS]
The top 7 on 'The X-Factor' paid tribute to the King of Pop. Not only did they take on some of Michael Jackson's biggest hits, but they did it in front of the Jackson family. Former Jackson 5 members Jackie, Tito and Marlon helped open the show, while their mother Katherine sat in the audience with Michael's three children Paris, Prince and Blanket
Nicole Scherzinger's last contestant in the over 30's group Josh Krajcik, opened the show with 'Dirty Diana.' He brought out his guitar to rock it out with dancers and a wind machine. It wasn't his best performance and he may be in trouble this week. Hopefully his fans will keep him around despite his lackluster performance.
Love him or hate him, you at least have to respect Astro. He's only 14 years old and continues to write his own songs. He did Michael's 'Black or White' justice with strong lyrics but the judges were split on their opinion of his performance. I think it was enough to keep him around another week.
Drew caused a bit of controversy as well. She delivered a beautiful rendition of 'Billie Jean,' all sitting in a chair in center stage. Paula Abdul and Nicole wanted her to get up and move around a bit, but when you can sing that well, who needs to move. The focus was on her and not diverted by dancers and wind machines.
For the first time since Rachel Crow auditioned, she wasn't perfect. Although I love Michael Jackson, I didn't recognize the song she sang. She looked cute but she didn't sound great. Hopefully she has enough of a fan base, she won't be going home this week.
Marcus Canty, who had to sing for his life last week and was saved over Leroy Bell channeled his inner Michael for P.Y.T. He even threw in a backflip on stage which Simon said was the best part of the performance. Marcus may be in trouble this week too. He can sing, but not as well as others still in the competition.
Chris Rene threw his twist into 'I'll Be There.' Simon wasn't all that impressed with his performance but I thought it was one of the best of the night. It was the first time I disagreed with Simon's opinion. Judge for yourself
Simon saved the best for last, as Melanie Amaro brought the house down with 'Earth Song.' A song he said most artists don't dare try and sing. But Melanie is no ordinary singer. She may be your X-Factor winner.