Michael Jackson‘s children – Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9 – were front and center Wednesday night (November 30) as the seven remaining contestants of The X Factor performed some of the King of Pop’s most popular tunes on the hit FOX reality show.
“It was an honor,” finalist Melanie Amaro told People of her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing for the Jackson family. “I feel as though he was there through them, and I felt that he was really proud.”
“Performing in front of Michael Jackson’s family is too crazy,” added Drew, who did his own rendition of Billie Jean. “I didn’t find out until an hour before they were going to be there. Having them in the audience is way scary. It made me feel like I can’t mess up.”
The contestants may have been nervous about their special guests, but at least one of the Jackson kids was just as anxious to be watching them! As it turns out, Paris is a big fan of the show, just like her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and they were both very excited about being able to see it live!
“I’m very happy. I don’t miss an episode of this show and I’m so happy to be here because I get to see it in person,” Katherine told host Steve Jones, with Paris chiming in, “Yes, I love the show very much.”