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Drew Ryniewicz is no longer a contestant on The X Factor. She was surprisingly eliminated last night, following Tuesday's seated cover of "Billie Jean."

But there is a bright side for the 14-year old singer: her musical hero, Justin Bieber, gave Drew a shout-out soon after the results show came to an end.

"@drewryniewicz keep your head up," Justin wrote. "I lost my first competition too. this is just the beginning for u. never say never. best wishes."

On a conference call with reporters this morning, meanwhile, Ryniewicz said she's come to more peace with her elimination than her mentor, Simon Cowell.

“He feels guilty," Drew said. "I don’t think he should feel guilty at all because I got to the top 7. Not everybody can win this show, and he has two girls left representing him.”

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Two contestants were forced to say This Is It on The X Factor tonight, as a pair of hopefuls Beat It off stage in eliminations that were the result of their Michael Jackson-themed covers from the previous evening.

So, who got the boot?

The Factor Final 5

ASTRO and DREW!

Early on in the hour, the top three of Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene and Rachel Crow were passed through to the next round. Astro, the 15-year old rapper from Brooklyn was then sent packing, reacting in a far more mature manner then when he was forced to sing for his survival two weeks ago.

He hugged his fellow contestants and thanked his "Astronauts."

It then came down to Drew and Marcus Canty, with Paula Abdul casting the deciding vote for the former based on her chair-based performance from Tuesday night. Drew fought off tears, gave praise to Jesus and said she has "a lot to show" the world still.

"I think she's a little star and I think America knows she's going to be a star," Simon Cowell said of his protege.

What is your take on these eliminations?

 

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Finally able to move on after the sentencing of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's family members took in the performances last night on Fox's The X Factor.

The seven contestants paid tribute to MJ Wednesday.

With renditions that ranged from stripped down (Drew Ryniewicz) to completely unique improvisations (Astro), did the aspiring singers impress Michael's progeny?

Michael Jackson Kids on X Factor

Michael Jackson's kids watch the X Factor action ... and look mostly happy.

Treated as both props but also royalty, Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson I and II and their grandmother / guardian Katherine Jackson had front row seats.

So who was Paris' favorite of all the singers channeling MJ?

"Honestly," she Tweeted, "They were all really talented!

Good answer. Who do you think was the best/worst?

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She's adorable and she's mature far beyond her years, but Rachel Crow may be saying farewell to The X Factor after tonight's results show.

The young singer did her best to cover Michael Jackson's "Can You Feel It" last night, but she simply lacked the vocal range to really make an impression with the song, leading the tempered praise from the panelists.

"I adore you, but the song didn’t give you justice," Paula Abdul said, while LA Reid added: "I didn’t believe you were having a great time."

Will this rendition cost Crow a shot at the title? Judge it for yourself:

For a look at ALL the performances from an evening that honored The King of Pop, visit our X Factor video section!

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Marcus Canty cannot hit the same notes as Melanie Amaro. But, to this X Factor finalist's credit, he makes no attempts to do so.

On last night's Michael Jackson-themed episode, for example, Marcus focused a lot more on his moving and his grooving than his singing, covering "Pretty Young Thing" while surrounded by a slew of back-up dancers. He even added a backflip to the number!

But will it be enough to carry Canty to next week, considering his clear lack of singing ability when compared to the other contestants? That's up to you to decide, voters. Watch what LA Reid dubbed an "inventive arrangement" now:

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Josh Krajcik performed "Dirty Diana" on The X Factor last night. At least we think he did. With all the staging and sound mixing and choreography, it was legitimately difficult to hear the singer throughout this rendition.

Which is too bad because we adore Josh. Remember last week's cover of "Wild Horses?" Great stuff.

"That was the first time I’ve seen you step out of your comfort zone. But you landed on your feet," LA Reid told the only over-30 crooner remaining in the competition.

Do you concur? Watch Krajcik's latest now:

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Astro made a Michael Jackson track very much his own on The X Factor last night.

The young rapper changed up the lyrics to "Black or White," a bold move that earned praise from the panel, as LA Reid told Astro he likely made the Jackson family "proud," while Simon Cowell gushed over how the finalist made the song younger and added a great new hook.

Watch for yourself:

Other impressive performances on the night included:

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Melanie Amaro is no stranger to Michael Jackson.

During an X Factor theme night that honored this iconic artist - someone Amaro had previously covered this season via "Man in the Mirror" and "Will You Be There?" - the top contender for this competition's crown brought the crowd to its feet with her version of "Earth Song."

"I forgot that we were in a competition and I thought we were in a Melanie concert," LA Reid said in response to the performance, while Simon Cowell kept his praise short, sweet and accurate: You were amazing, he told his charge.

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Chris Rene made a passionate plea to X Factor viewers last night, on an evening when the top seven contestants covered classic by Michael Jackson:

Just call his name, people, and Rene will be there.

The singer/rapper most definitely put his own spin on this MJ single, rapping various parts of it (the parts Simon Cowell liked best) and being told by LA Reid that he's "the truth." Paula, meanwhile, told Chris that he manifests "in abundance in the heart department."

That's gotta be a good thing, right?

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This is sort of becoming Drew Ryniewicz's thing.

Two weeks after slowing down a U2 classic, the 14-year old X Factor finalist did the same for Michael Jackson's iconic "Billie Jean." She never even stood up from her seat on a chair, earning praise from Paula Abdul that it was her "best vocal performance" to date.

Do you agree? Watch Drew sing a version of this track similar to one put on by David Cook during his winning American Idol season. Not bad company to be compared to, is it? Ryniewicz has a series shot at joining Cook as a reality show champion...

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