With tonight's live elimination, two more singers will be sent home empty-handed, falling short of the X Factor's inaugural Top 5. Will your favourites survive? Stay with Digital Spy from 8/7c to find out!
21:00 And that's it for us this week! Join us for the Top 5 performance night next Wednesday at 8/7c!
20:59 "I don't think she deserved to go home. I think she's a little star. I think America knows that she is going to be a star. Thank you very much to everyone who voted," Simon says, finally.
"Jesus loves all of you guys - I haven't gotten to say it and it's truly why I was in the competition and now I'm saying it!" Drew adds as the show comes to a close. Good Lord (no pun intended). What a racket.
20:56 Paula loves and respects them both, but admits that she was looking for something that moved her and without much delay, she sends Drew home, sealing her fate.
"I want to say thank you to my fans. I'm going to keep going and I'm going to keep going 'cause I have a lot more to show you, there's a lot more of me and it's a lot different," Drew says through tears.
Simon refuses to comment and has nothing to say. He's clearly p*ssed. As Drew sobs, Melanie and Rachel rush to the stage to comfort her and her highlight reel from throughout the competition plays.
20:54 Simon takes total responsibility for Drew being in the bottom two, and says that he's the reason she's in danger is because the song he chose was too slow. He begs Nicole and Paula to give her another chance and of course, sends Marcus home.
Nicole admits that she's been "hard" on Drew the past few weeks but it's only because she believes in her and thinks that she's the best. However, she has reservations about how young Drew is. After some standard Nicole blubbering, she decides to send Drew home, leaving it in Paula's hands.
20:52 It's now up to the judges to decide who's going home. "For both of you, it's been an amazing journey. Drew, I had fun with you. I know at times you thought I was being mean, but never, because I've always believed in you and complimented your talent. You've done a great job," LA says. Still, Marcus is his own act, so of course he votes to send Drew home.
20:45 "I'm here, I'm humble and I want to give y'all my soul," Marcus says before starting his rendition of Gladys Knight & The Pips' 'Neither One of Us'. It's so overly stylised and I don't really like the vocal, but I'm telling you right now - the judges (minus Simon) will eat this up. I don't know how, really - he's almost screaming (off-key, as well) through the track and it's... not so great to listen to.
20:41 It's a sing-off! Paula says that she doesn't want anyone to go home, but she wants Drew and Marcus to "hijack and kill" their performances and prove why they shouldn't go home.
Drew's up first, fighting for survival. She's covering Roxette's 'Listen To Your Heart'. Listen, I know I said that she has nothing to worry about, but since she's in the bottom two, I think it might be bad news for her tonight.
The judges have always told her that she's too one-note with her yodel-singing of ballads, and she's gonna have a hard time convincing Paula and Nicole to choose her over Marcus, who they think is the full package. The vocal is okay, but... you know.
20:32 All right, it's time for one person to go home. It's Astro! Not particularly surprising - and it's great to see a hip hop artist have gotten so far. Still, he'll do just fine without this competition, no doubt.
"Hey, man, it's for the better. The only reason I'm mad is 'cos I don't get to see my girl who lives in Cali. But I'll be back. I love my fans, I loved X Factor and I wish [everyone] the best of luck. It ain't over yet," he says following his exit.
That means Drew and Marcus are in the bottom two and will be singing for survival. Drew is not coping very well and is pretty openly sobbing on stage. Get it together, girl!
20:31 Time for more results! The final act going straight through to next week is revealed to be... Josh Krajcik! Of course it is - it would be an absolute crime against humanity if he was in the bottom two.
20:23 Confession: I've loved Tinie Tempah since Disc-Overy came out in October 2010. He's here tonight to perform 'Pass Out' - his most recognisable hit, of course. Personally, his track 'Miami 2 Ibiza' with Swedish House Mafia is my favourite. 'Frisky' is amazing, too, as is 'Wonderman' with Ellie Goulding. Oh, what am I saying? Buy the entire album.
Shameless endorsement aside, he puts on a great show and the crowd seems really into it. I do worry that the light show on stage is a bit of a seizure-risk, though. Ha!
20:21 Backstage, the atmosphere is intense with Josh, Marcus, Astro and Drew - all four are still in danger, with two of them going home. Personally, I doubt Josh or Drew have anything to worry about, but stranger things have happened.
20:16 Steve announces that, in no particular order, the first act to get through to the Top 5 is 'Young Homie' himself, Chris Rene. Melanie Amaro also gets through and will be singing again next week - no surprises there. Rachel Crow is lucky, as well, and earns her spot in the Top 5.
20:14 The Top 7 are called back to the stage so that the first act to be eliminated tonight. If the Digital Spy poll results are to be trusted, that'd put Marcus right out. One can only hope.
20:08 Steve asks the judges how they think everyone did last night. Paula has a bit of a slip up, saying that she "hopes" that they did the Jackson family proud before quickly correcting herself and saying that she's "certain" that it was great. Oh, Paula.
20:03 We say hello to the judges - who gave that group performance a standing ovation, mind - and now it's time for our recap of last night.
20:00 And we're off! The group number tonight is Michael Jackson's 'Man In the Mirror'. It's a bit of a mess, but aren't the group performances always sort of... not good?