X Factor USA: Melanie Amaro steals the show as five eliminated on first live show

What a comeback! Melanie Amaro steals the show leading the girls as five acts are eliminated on the first live show of the X Factor USA

Here come the girls: Simon Cowell

Ecstatic: Rachel Crow and Drew Ryniewicz also made it through to the competition tomorrow night Ecstatic: Rachel Crow and Drew Ryniewicz also made it through to the competition tomorrow night

Ecstatic: Rachel Crow and Drew Ryniewicz also made it through to the competition tomorrow night

Pleased Simon Mr Cowell threw his hands up in the air after Melanie

Controversial: The girls category was kicked off by Simone Battle who sang Just Be Good To Me by Deborah Cox, which left the judges arguing

Controversial: The girls category was kicked off by Simone Battle who sang Just Be Good To Me by Deborah Cox, which left the judges arguing

Little star: Rachel Crow received huge applause from all four judges

Little star: Rachel Crow received huge applause from all four judges

Blown away: The judges had nothing but praise for the 13-year-old and gushed about her talent and her performance Blown away: The judges had nothing but praise for the 13-year-old and gushed about her talent and her performance

Blown away: The judges had nothing but praise for the 13-year-old and gushed about her talent and her performance

Mysterious: Drew Ryniewicz who gave a moving performance of Flashdance (What A Feeling) by Irene Cara

Mysterious: Drew Ryniewicz who gave a moving performance of Flashdance (What A Feeling) by Irene Cara

Tiah Tolliver

Tiah Tolliver”s interpretation of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by The Eurythmics left Simon calling Nicole and Paula a pair of “spiteful cats”

Comeback Queen: Melanie Amaro proved hugely popular and left the crowd screaming for more after her version of Whitney Houston

Sheer delight: The 19-year-old put her hands to her face as she learned she was going through to tomorrow

Proud: Paula and Nicole clapped as Simon made his choices and the music mogul couldn

Bowing out: Tiah Tolliver and Simone Battle were booted out of the competition but were still smiling as they left

Bowing out: Tiah Tolliver and Simone Battle were booted out of the competition but were still smiling as they left

What a start: Astro opened the live show with an electric performance. The 14year-old performed Jump by Kris Kross and he wowed the crowd with his amazing performance

What a start: Astro opened the live show with an electric performance. The 14year-old performed Jump by Kris Kross and he wowed the crowd with his amazing performance

Mixing it up: the 14-year-old wowed the crowd with his rap, which including changes to reference the show and his mentor

Mixing it up: the 14-year-old wowed the crowd with his rap, which including changes to reference the show and his mentor

You shut it down: Nicole told Astro: You shut it down: Nicole told Astro:

You shut it down: Nicole told Astro: “I can’t think of a better way to kick off live performances here in america. I was jumping out of my skin you shut it down”

Big dream: Chris Rene was second to perform and said:

Big dream: Chris Rene was second to perform and said: “Former drug addict Chris Rene explained why he wanted this competition so badly and said: “Music fills that void of using. My whole life Ive been waiting for this

Old song: Philip took to the stage in a smart suit to perform The Monkees hit song Im A Believer. But the tune, which was released in the 1960s failed to impress Simon Cowell who was highly critical of LA Reid

Old song: Philip took to the stage in a smart suit to perform The Monkees hit song Im A Believer. But the tune, which was released in the 1960s failed to impress Simon Cowell who was highly critical of LA Reid

Cheeky: The singer performed with two dancers as he told viewers he needed to prove himself as a pop singer. His efforts weren

Impressive: But before LA Reid made his cut Marcus Canty took to the stage and performed his take on the Culture Club classic Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Marcus which he put an R&B spin onto it

Impressive: But before LA Reid made his cut Marcus Canty took to the stage and performed his take on the Culture Club classic Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Marcus which he put an R&B spin onto it

Tough task: LA Reid appeared to find it hard to make a decision on which boy he was going to send home

Tough task: LA Reid appeared to find it hard to make a decision on which boy he was going to send home

Delighted! Astro Delighted! Chris Rene and

Delighted! Astro and Marcus were so excited that they were put through by LA Reid

Tough decision: Chris Rene and

Tough decision: Chris Rene and Phillip Lomax were left and LA put Chris through as his final act leaving Phillip crushed

Hogging the stage: The Stereo Hoggz proved popular with the judges

Hogging the stage: The Stereo Hoggz proved popular with the judges

Let

Let”s hear it for the girls: Nicole congratulated Paula on a good job with the first group”s performance

 

Mixed reviews: Brothers The Brewer Boys failed to get the same reaction and while LA said their rendition of Rich Girl by Halls and Oats combined with Faith by George Michael was

Mixed reviews: Brothers The Brewer Boys failed to get the same reaction and while LA said their rendition of Rich Girl by Halls and Oats combined with Faith by George Michael was “out of their comfort zone”

Power in numbers: InTENsity brought plenty of energy to their mashup of The Clapping Song and Footloose by Kenny Loggins which was dubbed

Power in numbers: InTENsity brought plenty of energy to their mashup of The Clapping Song and Footloose by Kenny Loggins which was dubbed “thoroughly entertaining” by LA while Simon said that it was a “music miracle.”

Girl power: Lakoda Rayne also proved popular and their country version of Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners was complemented by their outfits, which included a checked shirt, jeans and a pair of tasseled boots

Girl power: Lakoda Rayne also proved popular and their country version of Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners was complemented by their outfits, which included a checked shirt, jeans and a pair of tasseled boots

End of the line: The Brewer Boys were booted out of the competition but Paula told them that she didn

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Big introduction: While Nicole put plenty of vigor into introducing Dexter he failed to impress compared with her other acts

Big introduction: While Nicole put plenty of vigor into introducing Dexter he failed to impress compared with her other acts

Mixed up mashup: Nicole

How old Le Roy, 60, impressed the judges and LA Reid told him:

How old Le Roy, 60, impressed the judges and LA Reid told him: “I dont know why you havent become a big star anyway”

Harsh critic: Simon told Le Roy he wished he was his mentor and he didn

Mixed reviews: Stacey Francis was next up and belted out George Michael

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High praise: Josh Krajcik was the last of Nicole

Tough decision:

Tough decision:

Thankful: Thankful: Thankful:

Thankful: Stacy and Josh were put through first before Nicole saved Le Roy meaning Dexter was out

The Final 12