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The X Factor: Three Factors Left

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Recap-rich, last night's X Factor results show also featured performances by Florence + The Machine and Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole's new single is called "Pretty," but it wasn't all that pretty -- she is, though. I love Florence + The Machine and I'll listen to her sing anything, so I'm pretty happy with this guest performance.

Fun guest performances aside, let's talk final three. With Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro all but assured two of the three final spots, going into the results show the third slot was bound to be a toss-up between Chris Rene and Marcus Canty, right?

After almost a full month of landing at the bottom of the pack but squeaking through each time, Marcus Canty is finally voted off The X Factor. Steve looks genuinely sad, and tells Marcus so. Marcus takes the news remarkably well -- four weeks in the bottom two probably prepares you a little -- and his good nature is really endearing.

This leaves us with Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene as our final three. What do you think about the results? Can Chris's originality and powerful personal story launch him ahead of either of the other two vocal powerhouses? And if it is between Josh and Melanie, who do you think has the best shot at winning the $5 million?

The X Factor will air again on Wednesday December 21 at 7 p.m. CT. You can view video excerpts from last night's episode online.

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