After avoiding elimination for three weeks in a row, Marcus Canty finally has to bid goodbye to "The X Factor (US)". The 20-year-old singer got voted off from the show on Thursday, December 15 night, but when speaking to reporters backstage, he was nothing but relieved.
"I didn't win it, but I feel like a million dollars right now," Canty said. "Honestly, I've been trying to keep it positive this whole time. But I'm going to keep it real - the pressure is off. I don't have to sing no more save me's. I don't got to worry about America shooting me down. I ain't got to worry about Simon [Cowell] giving me heat. I can just relax."
Canty also remained positive when speaking further about judge Simon Cowell. "Out in the back, [Simon] said, 'Man, you're amazing.' He said, 'What you've got to remember is the people that got you here - your fans.' Simon is actually a nice guy," he praised the 52-year-old. "He tries to be crazy on TV, but he's a puppy dog, man."
Speaking of his mother, the singer from Bowie, Maryland gushed, "She's so proud of me. She had my back 100 percent." He further recalled, "She was in the audience, just sitting there. She didn't panic. I thought she was going to be crying, but she didn't. She stayed strong. That made me happy."
On his post-elimination plans, Canty enthused, "I want to do everything - I want to be in movies, I want to be on television, I want my own sitcom. I need a nice, subtle, beautiful chick flick. I'm trying to do whatever." Though so, he will still keep his eyes on his music. "I'm R&B, I'm going to stay R&B," he said, "and I'm going to take it to the top."
In a separate interview, Canty told E! News that "X Factor" has "matured me as a young man." He explained, "I had so many things I could have been into in my area, even being from the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. This show specifically matured me and showed me who I am and who I can be as well. It's just matured me as an artist as well as a young man."