The X Factor Top 5 Performance Night: Follow Along With Our Pithy Live Blog!

Season 1 of The X Factor is down to just five contestants, but fret not: There are still five massive judges’ egos to help fill out the 90-minute episode. Actually, Melanie Amaro, Marcus Canty, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, and Rachel Crow will be singing two ditties apiece — starting with dance music. (Woot! Woot!)

So back to the middle and around again, I’m gonna be here till the end — of the episode!

As the show rolls on, I’ll update you on who’s performed what and offer my opinions of said performances in 10 words or less. So keep refreshing the page for all the good, the bad, and the inevitable cover of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” (Prove me wrong, mentors!)

Ready, set, discuss!

Melanie Amaro: Adele’s “Someone Like You”
Felt like big diva ballad with drums. Slightly wobbly, too?

Marcus Canty: Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”
Great vibe, solid vocal. They make sequins in rubber?

Rachel Crow: B.o.B. & Bruno Mars’ “Nothin’ on You”
Looked good on her voice, except the lightning fast cadences.

Josh Krajcik: Rihanna’s “We Found Love”
Made as much sense as salmon ice cream. Stooopid Nicole!

Chris Rene: T.I.’s “Live Your Life”
Respeck. Booyakasha. Can’t help buy what he sells — even when imperfect.

Melanie Amaro: Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston’s “When You Believe”
Best voice in the competition + dreary ballad = I’m scared!

Marcus Canty: Leon Russell’s “A Song for You”
Methinks a new duo will end up in the Bottom 2 tomorrow.

Rachel Crow: Michael Jackson’s “Music & Me”
Am I a bad person if I can’t deal with her prefab persona?

Josh Krajcik: The Beatles’ “Something”
Organic peach in Gummi Bear factory. Wish I liked that vocal a little better though.

Chris Rene: “Where Do We Go From Here?” (original track)
Best he’s ever sounded, and a better track than half the hits covered tonight. ¡He’s in the Top 4! (And yeah, I needed more than 10 words.)

Likeliest Bottom Two: Rachel and Josh.

Your turn: What did you think about Top 5 performance night? Hit the comments and share your thoughts, and look for my full recap to post in the morning right here at TVLine.com!

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