The X Factor USA 2011 resumed December 7 on FOX as the Top 5 finalists duked it out vocally for four available semifinal slots. Maryland's Marcus Canty, who was nearly eliminated at the close of the top 7 results show, turned in two solid numbers that mostly pleased the judges. Here's a recap of his songs and how he fared.
Marcus's round one dance hit selection, Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody, was delivered with a healthy dose of the performance panache that's earmarked all of his X Factor offerings. He has a way of commanding the stage that few others can touch.
Over 30s mentor Nicole Scherzinger declared "you took us to church and the dance club at the same time." Groups honcho Paula Abdul called the performance "fantastic." Girls group mentor Simon Cowell deemed it "a very, very good performance" and appreciated his ability to "come back strong and prove a point" following a near-elimination experience. Boys group leader L.A. Reid encouraged America to "vote, vote, vote, vote, vote."
A little later on The X Factor USA 2011's top 5 performance show, Marcus returned with his round two offering, A Song for You. During his pre-show taped segment, he admitted to being "scared," but promised to give it his all. And standing alone in a shiny jacket and plain dark pants and shirt, he did seem to pour his heart into the routine.
Nicole thanked him for "reminding us all why we fell in love with you" and called his talent "timeless." Paula dubbed it "one of your best performances." Simon "thought it was good" but wished he'd thrown in a "little twist." L.A. praised Marcus for being a survivor and told him to ignore Simon's criticisms.
Will Marcus Canty survive The X Factor USA 2011's top 5 elimination, or will he make an exit just a few weeks before the finals? Tune in and find out.