With a place in the final and a $5m recording contract up for grabs, the four remaining X Factor contestants were obviously hoping to impress.
But while they tried their hardest, they couldn’t come close to competing with Britney Spears.
For while she didn’t get up on the stage, the pop star certainly had the most eye-catching outfit in a plunging neon yellow dress.
She and her fellow judges had plenty to say about the four acts appearing in front of them.
But for once that is where their influence ends – with viewers votes alone deciding the outcome for the very first time.
Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony each sang two songs as they sought to win enough viewers votes to take them through to next week’s final and a shot at the $5m recording contract.
Enviable pins: The singer’s skimpy choice of ensemble paraded her slim figure and killer legs in all their glory