Marcus Canty (born January 22, 1991) is from Bowie, Maryland, where he currently lives. During his audition, he sang "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. His musical influences include Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Bobby Brown, and Whitney Houston. At judges' houses, he performed "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo. On the November 23 results show, he landed in the bottom three with Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell, and had to sing off against Bell. He was saved by having more votes than Bell due to the result going to deadlock. The following week, on December 1, he landed in the bottom three again along with Drew and Astro, and had to sing off against Drew. Simon Cowell voted to send Drew through to the quarter-final, but L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul voted to send Canty through to the quarter-final. Then in the quarter-final, on December 8, he landed in the bottom two yet again, along with Rachel Crow. The result went to deadlock for a second time, and Canty advanced to the semi-final by having more votes than Crow. Canty was eliminated in the semi-final by receiving the least number of votes, taking fourth place overall.
X Factor Performances
|Audition||Free Choice||"I Wish"||Through to Bootcamp|
|Bootcamp 1||Judge's Choice||Not Aired||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 2||Judge's Choice||Not Aired||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 3||Free Choice||Not Aired||Through to Judges' Houses|
|Judges' Houses||Solo||"All My Life"||Through to Live Shows|
|Week 1||Judge's Choice||"Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?"||Saved by LA Reid|
|Week 2||Judge's Choice||"Every Little Step"||Safe|
|Week 3||Songs from Movies||"I'm Going Down"||Safe|
|Week 4||Rock||"Piece of My Heart"||Safe|
|Week 5||Giving Thanks||"A Song for Mama"||Bottom Three|
|Final Showdown (Week 5)||N/A||"You Lost Me"||Saved by Deadlock|
|Week 6||Michael Jackson||"PYT (Pretty Young Thing)"||Bottom Three|
|Final Showdown (Week 6)||N/A||"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)"||Saved by Judge's Vote|
|Week 7||Dance Music Hits||"Ain't Nobody"||Bottom Two|
|Week 7||"Save Me" Songs||"Song For You"||Bottom Two|
|Final Showdown (Week 7)||N/A||"I'm Going Down"||Saved by Deadlock|
|Semi Finals||Pepsi Challenge Songs||"I'll Make Love To You"||Eliminated by Public Vote (4th)|
|Eliminated by Public Vote (4th)|
- When he auditioned it was his last chance to try and get into the music buisness otherwise he would have had to have chosen a different career.
- In Week 6, Drew received more votes than Canty which meant that if Abdul sent the result to deadlock, Drew would have advanced to the quarter-final and Canty would have been eliminated.