Michael Jackson’s children attended the X Factor USA top 7 performance. Last night was a Michael Jackson a themed episode. The remaining top 7 covered tunes from the Michael Jackson’s songbook. Michael’s children were “very excited” to be at the US ‘X Factor’ last night (30.11.11).
Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Blanket, joined their grandmother Katherine and uncles Jackie, Tito and Marlon as the TV show paid tribute to their late father, with all the contestants singing some of his biggest hits.
Prince told host Steve Jones: “We’re very excited to be here.” His sister Paris added: “Everyone was fantastic. I love this show very much.”
Meanwhile, Katherine was reduced to tears by 19-year-old Melanie Amaro’s rendition of ‘Earth Song’ and later revealed the programme is her “favourite show”. She added: “I don’t miss an episode of this show. I am so very excited to be here.”
Marlon hailed the evening a “special night” and thanked ‘X Factor’ chiefs for basing the episode around his sibling, who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009.
He said: “This is a special night. We want to thank ‘The X Factor’ for putting on this special tribute on behalf of our family.’
Show chief Simon Cowell described the ‘Thriller’ hitmaker as “one of the greatest artists in the world” as he critiqued Melanie, who he is mentoring. Following her performance, he said: “I couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to one of the greatest artists in the world.”
If you missed the show last night here are the remaining 7 contestants and links to last night’s performance videos. Melanie Amaro singing Earth Song here, Chris Rene singing and rapping I’ll Be There here, Marcus Canty singing Pretty Young Thing here, Rachel Crow singing Can You Feel It here, Drew Ryniewicz singing Billy Jean here, Astro rapping Black or White here and Josh Krajcik singing Dirty Diana here.