Paula, the eternal optimist, defended the number, explaining that the spirit of the show concentrates more on the energy of the artist than being perfect note-for-note. L.A. Reid and Simon both agreed that the song, if released as a single, would be a hit.
Simon's pride and joy, Melanie Amaro, made history singing I Believe I Can Fly with the song's creator, R. Kelly, as this was the first time Kelly had ever performed the number as a duet. While L.A. and Nicole contemplated whether the song's key gave Melanie the best chance to excel, everyone agreed that Melanie put her all into the performance.
Watch The X Factor tomorrow night on FOX to find out who will win $5 million.