Marcus Canty
Names Marcus Canty
Age(s) 22
Hometown Landover, Maryland
Category Boys
Mentor LA Reid
Elimination Information
Place 4th Place
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 3 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 judges being deadlocked. The following week, on December 1, he landed in the bottom 3 again along with Drew and Astro, and had to sing off against Drew. Simon Cowell voted to eliminate him, but Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and his mentor L.A. Reid voted to save him. Then, on December 8, he landed in the bottom 2 yet again, along with Rachel Crow. The judges went into deadlock for a second time, and he was saved by having more votes than Crow. Canty was eliminated by receiving the least number of votes, taking fourth place overall.

X Factor PerformancesEdit

Performance Theme Song Result
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)
Semi Finals N/A

"Careless Whisper"

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.