SPOILER ALERT: This article covers events not yet screened in the UK.
One Direction appeared on The X Factor USA's yesterday evening, singing their two most-recent songs to millions of American TV viewers.
The boy band, who came to fame on the UK version of the show, performed Live While We're Young and their new Ed Sheeran-penned single Little Things.
It was unlucky Jason Brock - who was the day before the subject of a weight jibe from Simon Cowell - who found himself going home after a sing-off against CeCe Frey.
The judges had been unable to decide between them and the decision went to the public vote - which revealed that 35-year-old Jason had got the least support.
In fact, the show's producers took the unprecedented step of revealing the ranking of the remaining contestants in the public vote.
And 37-year-old road worker Tate Stephens was stunned to discover that he is currently at the top of the pecking order.
He quipped: "Wow, obviously people in America don't get out a lot! Thank you so very much. This is huge."
The show also saw the debut of a special version of James Bond theme Live And Let Die recorded by former X Factor UK winner Alexandra Burke - which was played as the judges took their seats.
The ranking of the 12 remaining contestants is...
1. Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
3. Vino Alan
4. Diamond White
5. Fifth Harmony
7. Jennel Garcia
8. Paige Thomas
10. Beatrice Miller
11. Arin Ray
12. CeCe Frey