Marcus Canty sings Culture Club on X Factor USA's first live show
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 Even if he was struggling with first night nerves, singing an out-of-date song that really didn’t suit him.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?