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Marc Anthony

Set to Battle Bieber

... on 'X Factor'

9/4/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Watch out Justin Bieber -- Marc Anthony took a cue from your playbook and just signed up to be the next celebrity mentor on "X Factor" ... LET THE BATTLE BEGIN.

Sources close to Marc tell us ... he recently inked a deal with the FOX talent show to join the cast as a mentor for Simon Cowell's group of music hopefuls ... the pair has been friends for years.

If you recall, Bieber also signed on to be a celeb mentor -- there will be 4 in total, one for each judge -- lending his (ahem) years of knowledge to L.A. Reid's squad.

So here's how they match up ... JB has sold 15 million albums to Marc's paltry 12 million ... Marc has two Grammy awards compared to Justin's zero ... BUT -- they've both dated hot Latin chicks.

May the best man (or boy) win.

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BECKER    

Bieber doesn't know anything about singing How can he be a Mentor? He was forced on us be a stage mom who was his pimp and exploiting

758 days ago
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viv    

I'm not a JB fan but at least he made himself famous by promoting himself on YT until he was discovered. So, in response to those of you who argue that you need to have singing talent in order to mentor or judge singing competitions... um... Jlo.

Marc Anthony is THE perfect pick to side with Simon.

758 days ago
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Mari93    

lol....you guys have so mutch hate.. Justin has an amazing voice, and whould be good as an mentor. he is on top now over many other singers, and there is a reason 4 that. + alot of people love his stuff. he could be as good as anyone else!!!

758 days ago
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Mari93    

lol....you guys have so mutch hate.. Justin has an amazing voice, and whould be good as an mentor. he is on top now over many other singers, and there is a reason 4 that. + alot of people love his stuff. he could be as good as anyone else!!!

758 days ago
35.

Wtfsmh    

I love Marc Anthony .... Justin is a gay butch I swear I don't know why this kid is famous... Why?!

758 days ago
36.

LCS27    

Putting Marc, Bieber and Simon together sounds like a porn gay movie.

758 days ago
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Kayan Phoenix    

Really, Marc Anthony is one of the Greatest singer/song writers out there, So beiber can hit the notes, that doesn't make him a real singer, God everything i look at beiber all i see is Ellen DeGeneres' Little sister LMAO not a singer, Marc All the way .. they need Real mentors!!

758 days ago
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