Marcus Canty sings Culture Club on X Factor USA's first live show

Marcus Canty - X Factor USA 2011 contestant

Marcus Canty is another one of our favourite contestants on The X Factor – he’s got a great voice, he looks good and he’s got a really slick way of working the stage. But can he take the ultra-camp Culture Club anthem Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and turn it into something amazing?

The answer seems to be no. The song choice is abysmal, yet another strikeout for LA Reid. It’s straight from the “What the hell were you thinking, LA?” playbook. You can tell Marcus has no connection to the song. Even if he was struggling with first night nerves, singing an out-of-date song that really didn’t suit him.

I think as a result of that, Marcus’ vocals were off in places. Which was a disappointment, because he worked in a pretty nifty dance routine during the performance that showed a lot of potential. I can’t help wondering (again) if Marcus’ biggest competition comes from his category-mate Chris Rene, though if I had to choose between them I think Marcus is the more marketable.

Nicole Scherzinger told Marcus that he “makes it look too easy” and that he was “born to be on that stage”. Lots of cliches. Simon is full of praise for Marcus and LA for that version. Which is all very surprising because it genuinely left me cold. Am I off the mark on this one, folks? Was Marcus as good as the judges said, or did you notice problems with the vocals too?

by Gerard McGarry on October 26th, 2011

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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2 thoughts on “Marcus Canty sings Culture Club on X Factor USA's first live show

  1. KL says:

    He’s a great singer, good performer, but forgettable compared to pretty much all the other acts. Doesn’t have the charisma that Lomex had, but obviously LA Reid had decided he only wants to work with urban artists so he sabotaged Lomax with that terrible Monkees song choice. Not that Marcus’ song choice was great – so cheesy! – but it did give him a chance to at least show off his vocal abilities.

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