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The X Factor recap: Marcus Canty eliminated

One of the Top 4 heads home; Nicole Scherzinger growls and it ain’t pretty

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After a Thursday results show featuring a billion recap segments, Florence and the Machine, and Nicole Scherzinger making dirrrrrrrrrty love to the microphone in a rugged new style of burlesque, the act eliminated from the X Factor laser field on December 15 was….

Marcus Canty.

At least he got to wear his jammie pants on TV!

“Why you lookin’ sad, Steve?” Marcus wondered. “Because I like you and I don’t want you to go!” Mr. Jones said emphatically. This was SO CUTE and a lot more natural than coach L.A.’s “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a little sad.” Not that it’s a contest. (Steve Jones wins!)

Marcus accepted his fate readily and I fell in love with him a little bit as he kept shifting gears with his little dance moves in the corner of the screen during the clip show of all his different sparklemonster performances throughout the season. The boy’s no Usher or Bobby Brown, no matter how much the judges wanted us to believe that. But he’s a good kid and a great performer. Maybe L.A. Reid can fly him up to the Hamptons every so often to mow his five million acres of lawn.

Josh Krajcik had to hang around with Marcus in what was NOT NECESSARILY the bottom two and seemed as unfazed about it as he has about anything that has ever happened on this show. You could set a Josh-sized pile of enchiladas on fire right next to him and he’d just smile serenely, look off to the right, and slowly rub his hands together in mild approval of humanity’s collective fate. All right, that’s great, let’s go with it.

Nicole Scherzinger sang “Pretty,” a new single off her several-times-delayed album Killer Love, which has still not been released in the U.S. I always enjoy being reminded of the Blue Man Group, so this was great! Both the Smoke Monster and a series of hot beefy drummers with purple glowsticks competed with Nicole’s fringed singing gloves and scrap metal landfill of a necklace. She don’t wanna be pretty no more! It must hurt to lie, because girl seemed to be in pain (along with anger and fear — the vocalist’s trifecta) the whole time.

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