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In this week's elimination episode of The X Factor, the remaining four contestants -- Melanie Amaro, Marcus Canty, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene -- could not be saved by the judges any more; the decision was solely based on viewers' votes. So which three acts are going through to the finals round?
Host Steve Jones immediately told two acts they were safe: hip-hop singer Rene and power vocalist Amaro, neither of whom has ever been in the bottom two. Krajcik wasn't as lucky, landing in the hot spot with "three-time bottom-two champion" Canty (as his mentor L.A. Reid kept calling him).
But time finally caught up with Canty, who was (unsurprisingly) told that his luck had run out. But unlike the previous acts who were booted off, Canty was calm and collected as he received the disappointing news.
"Why are you looking sad, Steve? It's all good, man," Marcus laughed with Jones. "Trust me, this is not the last time you will see Marcus Canty."
Always good-natured and thankful, Canty said he was grateful for the experience.
"God blessed me so much, being here on this competition. I gave it my all and at the end of the day, that's all you can do. I love America. Thank you to all of my supporters. To my family back home, I love y'all. Don't cry. You're probably all crying. Relax, we're gonna get it through."
Canty's mentor Reid then expressed his sadness: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little sad," L.A. Reid told the young man. "I'm really connected to Marcus. He's amazing. I'm not happy to see you go. I know you're a major star and a great singer...You'll continue to do great. You have my support."
Next week, Melanie, Josh and Chris will compete to win the coveted $5 million recording contract and be crowned America's first X Factor champion.
Do you think Marcus the right person to go home?