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'X Factor' Contestants Explain Their Personal Song Choices (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:10PM

Wednesday night's 'X Factor' was something of a let-down after Michael Jackson night, but the Top 5 contestants performed a dance song and got to showcase their personalities with a self-selected song, which they only had 24 hours to prepare for.

'Good Day LA' correspondent Courtney Friel talked to the contestants as they reflected on the evening. Melanie Amaro, who sang Adele's 'Someone Like You' for the dance competition, chose Whitney Houston's 'When You Believe' for her next song. "After practicing this one song for so long, to be able to have to switch it around was a task," she told Frield. Although L.A. Reid called the choice safe, Simon pointed out the ridiculousness of thinking that any Whitney Houston song was safe to perform.

Friel asked Josh to explain the power of what Nicole referred to as "Krajcik Magic" after singing his rendition of The Beatles' 'Something.' "Don't tread on Krajcik Magic," he joked. "It's the real deal."

After impressing the judges with a dance version of T.I.'s 'Live Your Life,' Chris Rene chose to sing his own song, 'Where Do We Go From Here' next, which Simon said was a "stroke of genius," Courtney asked his what the inspiration for the song was. "Well, it's a song for the world," he answered, "and I always wanted to sing it for people."

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