*It was Michael Jackson night on “The X Factor” Wednesday, and who knew the King of Pop’s family would be in the building to watch the top 7 battle it out firsthand.
Seated in the front row were the late singer’s children Paris, Prince and Blanket along with Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson. Brothers Tito, Jackie and Marlon appeared on stage to help kick off the special broadcast. Katherine said several times that “The X Factor” is her favorite show, and Prince and Paris offered praise for the show and the contestants during the hour.
The finalists pulled out all the stops in honor of the special guests, starting with Josh Krajcik’s subdued “Dirty Diana,” rapper Astro’s rousing “Black or White” Drew’s haunting arrangement of Billie Jean and Marcus Canty’s Usher-like “P.Y.T.”
Chris Rene delivered a Fugees-esque “I’ll Be There,” lil Rachel Crow sang “Can You Feel It,” and Melanie Amaro brought Katherine to tears and the judges to their feet with her show-ending performance of “Earth Song.”
Tonight, two contestants will go home as the show begins to wind down. Watch all of last night’s performances below.