Marcus Canty is a 20-year old resident of Bowie, Maryland. Does he have what it takes to win The X Factor? He says of competing on the...

Simon Cowell is not a fan of Marcus Canty. That was made clear early in the week when The X Factor judge dismissed any notion that Canty had a shot at winning this year's $5 million grand prize.

But Simon drove his negative points home even further last night, responding to Canty's take on "Careless Whisper" with the harshest criticism leveled at a contestant this season.

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With Rachel Crow fans still still buzzing over Nicole Scherzinger's decision to send the most recent elimination episode to a deadlock, resulting in the ousting of this cute contestant, Simon Cowell has now taken it upon himself to anger Marcus Canty supporters.

Speaking to reporters this week, the judge scarcely even acknowledged the singer as an X Factor contender, despite his presence in the final four, saying:

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Did Marcus Canty do enough last night to avoid another placement in the bottom two on this evening's X Factor results show?

The singer/dancer gave viewers twice the Marcus during an episode that featured a dance hit and a choice by each of the contestants. First up, Canty covered "Ain't Nobody." From there, it was on to "A Song For You" and mixed reaction from the panel.

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Marcus Canty cannot hit the same notes as Melanie Amaro. But, to this X Factor finalist's credit, he makes no attempts to do so.

On last night's Michael Jackson-themed episode, for example, Marcus focused a lot more on his moving and his grooving than his singing, covering "Pretty Young Thing" while surrounded by a slew of back-up dancers. He even added a backflip to the number!

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Welcome to the final seven, Marcus Canty.

Let's be honest: it will take a heart of stone to vote out this X Factor contestant this week, following his emotional rendition of "A Song for Mama," a Boyz II Men single dedicated to Canty's mother, who was dabbing her eyes in the audience throughout the rendition.

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Marcus Canty took to a fire-filled stage on The X Factor last night, delivering one of the more enjoyable performances during a rock-themed evening of auditions.

L.A. Reid kept his critique short and simple ("You rocked!"), while Simon Cowell joked about the women on stage, telling Marcus: "You say you were going to be a good boy, and you looked up the skirts of 10 girls. Too much temptation."

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Marcus Canty may have covered "I'm Going Down" on The X Factor last night, but this hopeful artist put on a performance that had his fortunes going way up. Just consider this praise from the panel:

Nicole Scherzinger: Two words: Ma. Gic. You are a classic. You are a superstar.Paula Abdul: Everything about you from head to toe resonates star.Simon Cowell: 1000% better than last week. Thank God you threw that jacket halfway through.

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Marcus Canty did he best to make Bobby Brown proud last night.

The X Factor hopeful busted out a few dance moves while covering "Every Little Step," getting the crowd on its feet and eliciting the following critique from Simon Cowell: "You were just honest. You were the epitome of grace, and poise, and beauty, and you're fulfilling your purpose."

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So... did your favorite make the cut?

The X Factor unveiled its top 32 contestants last night, throwing in the one twist that really does make this competition different from American Idol: There are four groups of eight, each to be mentored by one of the judges.

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