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Arin Blake Ray (born September 2, 1995) is an American singer from Cincinnati, Ohio who was a contender on the second season of The X Factor, finishing in 10th place. He was part of the Teens category, which was mentored by Britney Spears.
Arin originally auditioned for the show in season 1 but didn't make it past bootcamp. Ray was given a second chance as a member of the all-teen pop group InTENsity, which made it to the live shows under former judge Paula Abdul. However, InTENsity finished in 12th place. The group later disbanded, and Ray focused on getting better as a singer as well as school.
The X Factor History
Arin then tried out for the show again in Providence, Rhode Island where he auditioned with an original song called "Count on Me". He made it past bootcamp and impressed his mentor, Britney Spears, and her guest advisor, will.i.am of the Black-Eyed Peas, at Judges' Homes to make it to the live shows, this time as a solo artist. He became a part of the top 12. However some critics questioned his vocal ability based on some of his performances, which some called "lackluster". The public, however, continued to vote him through. He was eliminated on Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012, finishing in 10th place.
Post X Factor
Since his time on the show ended, Ray has been focused on school and his music. He announced on Twitter that his first single, "Turn It Up", will be released on April 19, 2013 via Soundcloud. No word yet on when the song will be released on iTunes.
On January 5, 2013, Ray admitted during a chat on UStream that he and Normani Hamilton of Fifth Harmony were dating, but the couple have since split up.
- Arin tweeted his support for his former InTENsity band member Ellona Santiago, who was a part of season three and was mentored by Demi Lovato.
- During season one, InTENsity advanced to the second week of the live shows and finished in twelfth place after they competed in the sing-off against The Stereo Hogzz and a majority of judges voted to keep The Stereo Hogzz. However, InTENsity received more votes than The Stereo Hogzz which meant that if the result went to deadlock, The Stereo Hogzz would have been eliminated.
- "Turn It Up" (2013)
- "We Ain't Homies" (2017)