Chris Rene shot to prominence in the Seattle auditions for the new musical talent show, unusually with his own song: Young Homie. From there, he secured a place as one of Reid’s top four boys for the live performance shows, which begin on Fox next week.
Rene’s back story of drug and alcohol addiction initially made him stand out, especially when he revealed to the judges he had only been clean and sober for 70 days before his audition. He said he was hoping to turn his life around for his family and young son. His unique talent soon took over to do the talking.
Reid called him “a very unique talent… somewhere between a singer and a rapper – I don’t know what the right word is for it.”
Fans don’t need to pin down Chris Rene with a label. They just know they like him. But LA Reid surely got to the nub of Rene’s challenge in the competition that his survival will depend upon finding the right material to suit him, and to nail it. He knows that Chris must find material with which he is as comfortable as he was with his own material back in that very first audition.
As for Chris Rene’s former addiction problems, the X Factor USA judges are trusting him, taking him at his word that he will stay clean and sober. Reid feels he’s winning his battle there and is looking good.
“I have faith in Chris and I think he will emerge as an amazing star and a man we can be proud of who does have the strength to overcome his illness and the disease he calls addiction,” he said.
Along with Chris Rene, Reid also chose Astro, Phillip Lomax and Marcus Canty to make up his Top 4 Boys to take to the X Factor USA live shows, which begin Tuesday, October 25 at 8/7c on Fox.
The full line-up of 17 acts (it should have been 16 but Simon Cowell couldn’t choose between 2 girls) is as follows:
Paula Abdul and the Groups
The Brewer Boys
Simon Cowell and the Girls