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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.

"That was horrific. The grotesque performance. This was a joke," Cowell said.

Ouch. Will Marcus once again find himself in the bottom two on tonight's results show? Does he deserve a spot there? Watch his pair of performances from last night and decide now:

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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:

"I think it's quite clear that it's down to three people now. And it's Melanie, Josh and Chris."

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Canty, of course, has been stuck in the bottom two for three consecutive Thursdays, but he remains hopeful that he can pull an upset.

"For me to think for one second in my mind that I don't deserve to be here will be killing myself," he says. "This is my dream too. No matter what people think, I'm up here. This is my dream. And that's why I keep fighting to make it to the top."

That certainly is the right attitude. Who do you think will win The X Factor?

 

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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.

Paula Abdul referred to Canty as a "storyteller," while Nicole Scherzinger said the second rendition reminded her of why she fell in love with him. Simon Cowell, however?

"It was good, I’m not jumping out of my chair. It was a bit boring," he said.

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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!

But will it be enough to carry Canty to next week, considering his clear lack of singing ability when compared to the other contestants? That's up to you to decide, voters. Watch what LA Reid dubbed an "inventive arrangement" now:

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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.

How did this performance stack up against competitors such as Chris Rene? Watch his unique take on The Beatles and then compare it below to Canty's heartfelt cover...

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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."

But we're serious when we say Canty has a legitimate shot to go far this season. Perhaps even all the way? Grade the rendition for yourself now:

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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.

Was the rendition worthy of such positive words? Judge for yourself:

Visit our X Factor video section now for a look at numerous performances from last night and the entire first season so far!

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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."

What did you think of Canty's performance? Compare it now with that of Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik. It's totally on between these male contestants!

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There are many ways to advance to The X Factor finals.

Josh Krajcik sang his soul out. Brian Bradley rapped around the stage. Marcus Canty, meanwhile, danced up a storm as he covered "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me."

You were "born to be on that stage," Nicole Scherziner told the hopeful, while mentor L.A. Reid says his protege said Marcus made him "proud." Awwww... watch the performance now!

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They've made it. They can take a breath, at least for a brief moment before the live performance begin.

But 17 acts were named to The X Factor finals last night, many of whom have given official statements on the achievement and posed for fun new promotional photos for Fox...

Rachel Crow Promo Pic
  • Josh Krajcik Promo Pic
  • Phillip Lomax Promo Pic
  • Tiah Tolliver Promo Pic
  • Drew Ryniewicz Promo Pic
  • LeRoy Bell Picture
  • Simone Battle Pic
  • Melanie Amaro Promi Pic
  • Dexter Haygood Picture
  • Stacy Francis Photo

Melanie Amaro: "The whole process is just mind boggling. It’s so amazing.”

Simone Battle: “I am blown away by how much talent there is in the girls’ category. At this point, it’s not about impressing the judges, it’s about impressing the world and everyone who is watching.”  

Drew Ryniewicz: “The girls in my category are nothing but amazing, every single one. From the start I have loved them all.  We are almost like a big family."

Tiah Tolliver: “I am extremely happy to have him [Simon Cowell] as my mentor because he fought for me. I feel like he is going to lead me in the right direction and I sincerely believe him when he tells me stuff.”

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