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Chris Rene
Names Christopher Dean Rene
Age(s) 30
Hometown Santa Cruz, California
Category Boys
Mentor LA Reid
Elimination Information
Place 3rd Place

Christopher Dean "Chris" Rene (born December 25, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer from Santa Cruz, California. He had been in a band called Diversion and also had a solo career, including the album Soul'd Out. Chris auditioned for the first season of The X Factor USA with one of his original compositions "Young Homie" and was one of the finalists during season one, with LA Reid as his mentor. He finished third overall in the competition, behind winner Melanie Amaro and runner-up Josh Krajcik. He is most popular in New Zealand, with his single "Young Homie" reaching number one in the New Zealand charts.

X Factor Performances[]

Performance Theme Song Original Artist Result
Audition Free Choice "Young Homie" Chris Rene Through to Bootcamp
Bootcamp 1 Judge's Choice "Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Judge's Choice "What's Going On" Marvin Gaye Advanced
Bootcamp 3 Free Choice "Every Breath You Take" The Police Through to Judges' Houses
Judges' Houses Solo "Everyday People" Sly and the Family Stone Through to Live Shows
Week 1 Judge's Choice "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Rose Royce Saved By LA Reid
Week 2 Judge's Choice "Superstar" Delaney & Bonnie Safe (7th)
Week 3 Songs from Movies "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio/L.V.; Dangerous Minds Safe (7th)
Week 4 Rock "No Woman No Cry"/"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" Bob Marley & The Wailers/Sweetbox Safe (5th)
Week 5 Giving Thanks "Let It Be"/"Young Homie" The Beatles/Chris Rene Safe (5th)
Week 6 Michael Jackson "I'll Be There" The Jackson 5 Safe (3rd)
Week 7 Dance Music Hits "Live Your Life" T.I./Rihanna Safe (2nd)
Week 7 "Save Me" Songs "Where Do We Go from Here" Chris Rene Safe (2nd)
Semi Finals Pepsi Challenge Songs "Fly" Sugar Rush Safe (2nd)
Semi Finals N/A "No One" Alicia Keys Safe (2nd)
Finals Celebrity Duet "Complicated" Avril Lavigne Third Place
Finals 5 Million Dollar Songs "Young Homie" Chris Rene Third Place
Finale Christmas Songs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Judy Garland Third Place


  • He had been 70 days out of rehab when he auditioned and has remained sober ever since.
  • His job before X Factor was a garbage hauler.
  • He was the oldest contestant in the Boys category.