The final three performed duets with superstar guest stars. Chris Rene teamed up with Avril Lavigne on her hit, "Complicated." But, he put his signature on the performance by throwing in a rapped verse.
Avril Lavigne, who was signed by judge L.A. Reid back in 2000, was enamored with her duet partner. “Chris [Rene] is amazing," she gushed. "I think everybody should vote for him. He definitely kicked ass.”
Ohio's Josh Krajcik admitted he was a bit shaken by the experience of singing with Alanis Morissete on her hit, "Uninvited." He defended his skittishness later, telling judge Simon Cowell, “[Alanis] is completely disarming in her beauty and talent -- it was an honor for me.” Simon said he saw Josh's point.
“I’m just a regular guy from Ohio,” Josh Krajcik says in a video detailing his X Factor experience. “I've paid my dues, I've been doing this for long enough, it feels like it’s my time. This opportunity will never happen again, I need to grasp it.”
The judges, especially Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid pulled out their formidable rolodexes to add some star power to the two-part finale. Aside from the contestants' duets with Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, and R. Kelly, Thursday's show will include performances from 50 Cent, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, and Pitbull.
Florida's Melanie Amaro performed her duet with R. Kelly on his inspirational ballad, "I Believe I Can Fly." Paula Abdul found it "uplifting and spiritual," while L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger argued that Melanie wasn't able to match Kelly's talent. Simon Cowell told his protege to ignore "Grumpy and Dumpy."
It could be easier for Melanie Amaro to ignore what the judges thought, because she earned the respect of duet partner, R. Kelly. “No doubt in my mind that this girl is going all the way to the moon,” the soulful singer said of the contestant.
In addition to dedicating an entire week to the King of Pop earlier in the season, The X Factor paid tribute to Michael Jackson again with a high energy remix of his originally controversial hit, "They Don't Really Care About Us." Apparently with only three contestants left, the show has the time to throw in a rare group number during the performance show.
It Isn't Michael Jackson Without A Little Bit of Choreography
In addition to singing during the Michael Jackson number, the final three had some choreography to do. While Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro tried their best to get down, Josh Krajcik didn't exactly let the rhythm move him... much.