Meet 'The X Factor' finalist: Marcus Canty

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marcus-canty-x-factor.jpgAs "The X Factor" voting is now in the hands of the viewers, it seems an appropriate time to give fans insight into the finalists. Zap2it will continue to highlight the remaining acts while finding out more about their background, musical styles and experiences on the singing competition.

So here are a few things you probably didn't know about Marcus Canty:

Age: 20
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Coach: L.A. Reid

Musical influences
: Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Bobby Brown, Usher, Beyonce

Favorite album: "Confessions" - Usher

On his strengths: "My strong point is my vocals and my ability to perform."

On his interesting path to the audition: "I actually auditioned on YouTube...[Producers] called me back three weeks later and were like, 'We need you in Seattle' [for the on-screen audition]. My mom didn't know how she was going to get me there, she didn't have the money...but one of my mom's co-workers gave her [an airplane ticket]...and from there it just went on."

On taking the stage for the audition: "I wasn't nervous, but it was the waiting that really got me. I got on stage, I got a standing ovation from everybody. It was crazy."

If he could perform any song on "The X Factor"
: "A Woman's Work" - Maxwell

On auditioning for and not making "American Idol" four years ago: "I auditioned back in Season 7 and I kinda got a bad taste...Randy told me I sounded like a chipmunk. And Paula was just like 'work on your upper range a little bit.' Simon didn't say anything...They all said 'No.' I don't think I was ready then. Now I'm ready. I know I'm ready."
Photo/Video credit: FOX