Flint area ‘X Factor’ fans have been pulling for recovering rapper Chris Rene from his very first audition. Last night, everything was on the line again for Rene. His live performance had to wow mentor LA Reid enough to keep from being cut and gain a precious spot in ‘The X Factor’ final 12. One local fan who wishes to remain anonymous contacted me after Rene’s live performance yesterday and said:
‘I’ve had someone close to me battle addiction and it’s a tough hill to climb. He may not realize it yet, but, Chris Rene’s success on ‘The X Factor’ inspires people who may still be struggling with choosing to get clean. He represents the brightest kind of hope for what a ‘straight’ tomorrow can bring.’
Rene’s fate seemed shaky when Nicole Scherzinger questioned Reid’s song choice. Then Abdul said, ‘You open up your mouth to sing and there’s that genuine truthfulness that’s authentic about you. You have that spiritual connection that you just keep pulling in and you deliver every single time.’ Simon Cowell followed by saying, ‘Chris, you know, I don’t think you’re the best singer in this competition. But you are one of the best recording artists in this competition.’ Cowell agreed with Scherzinger’s question about the song choice, but really liked how Rene brought something ‘unusual’ to it, and said, ‘What I love about you, is you are 100% authentic.’
Reid praised Rene for being ‘unpredictable’ and made him his last final 12 pick. Relief swept over Rene’s face. The pressure is on now for Rene and all of the final 12 ‘X Factor’ contestants to deliver excellence in order to gain America’s votes each week.
With Twitter followers surpassing 10,000, Rene has tweeted many thanks to his growing fan base. In fact, just moments ago he tweeted this message (in all caps, perhaps for excitement):
‘THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR MOTIVATION I AM SUPER STOKED TO BE ON TEAM @LA_Reid !!! IT’S TIME TO REALLY BRING IT-I LOVE MY FANZ BEYOND TIME!’
For at least one anonymous local viewer, the motivation Rene mentions in his tweet is reciprocal, and he is making the impossible seem possible on several levels. The viewer added:
‘Chris sets a great example of how to beat overwhelming odds with strength, determination and the commitment to always be honest with others and most of all yourself.’
Watch Chris Rene during his ‘X Factor’ live performance next Wednesday, November 2nd, airing in Flint on WSMH FOX66 at 8PM EST.