Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Marcus Canty Performs on The X Factor Week 9, November 16, 2011

UPDATE - Marcus was eliminated on December 15th. He made it a lot longer than many gave him credit for. He survived all he way to the top 4!

Let's look at 20-year-old Marcus Canty.

One thing that Marcus absolutely has going for him is that he’s probably the only legitimate “cute guy” in the competition. Is that shallow? Yes. Is it relevant? Totally! While all of the other guys in the competition will no doubt have their fangirls and fanboys, if you’re looking for a conventionally good-looking dude, Marcus is your boy. Add in lots of charisma, and you’ve got yourself a heart-throb.

Also working in Marcus’s favor is that he’s a great singer and a hell of an entertainer. There are better singers in the competition, and there are more exciting performers, but nobody seems to combine the vocals and the ability to work the stage as well as Marcus. He sings, he dances, he charms the audience... what more could we ask for?

He didn't win, but he was a true contender? We'll see him again. We shall follow his career with great interest.

 

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Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Marcus Canty Sings "Piece of My Heart" on The X Factor, November 16, 2011