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.

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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.

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The X Factor tried to shake things up this week by sending TWO contestants home - but the only real surprise was that the show featured Howie Mandel in the audience. Isn't he a NBC guy?

Indeed, the two performances given the boot were the most obvious selections of the remaining nine, one a group, the other an over-30 hopeful. So long, Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell. You had a decent run.

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Welcome to the final seven, Marcus Canty.

Let's be honest: it will take a heart of stone to vote out this X Factor contestant this week, following his emotional rendition of "A Song for Mama," a Boyz II Men single dedicated to Canty's mother, who was dabbing her eyes in the audience throughout the rendition.

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Chris Rene is nothing if not original.

This X Factor finalist took to the stage last night and turned one of The Beatles' better known singles into an R&B track, breaking down "Let It Be" in a way most viewers had likely not heard before. He then transitioned into "Young Homie."

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