Chris Rene is nothing if not original.

This X Factor finalist took to the stage last night and turned one of The Beatles' better known singles into an R&B track, breaking down "Let It Be" in a way most viewers had likely not heard before. He then transitioned into "Young Homie."

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Yes, we know: Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. But still.

Very few people associated this icon with that genre of music, although Chris Rene is apparently one of the few who considers the dreadlocked star to be a famous rocker. The X Factor finalist mashed up a couple of his biggest hits last night, invoking a response from Simon Cowell that made us laugh and nod our heads:

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Is Chris Rene back?

Following what the judges considered an off-week for this X Factor contestant, the aspiring artist took to the stage during the show's movie-based episode yesterday and went all Coolio on the audience. That's right, he put his own spin on the classic "Gangsta's Paradise!"

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Wait, why was there fire surrounding Chris Rene on The X Factor stage last night?

'Cause he's hot, L.A. Reid explained about one of his performers, after Simon Cowell questioned the cheesy nature of placing this finalist amidst the flames.

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So... did your favorite make the cut?

The X Factor unveiled its top 32 contestants last night, throwing in the one twist that really does make this competition different from American Idol: There are four groups of eight, each to be mentored by one of the judges.

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Chris Rene Biography

Chris Rene Picture Chris Rene is a 28-year old from Santa Cruz. He advanced to the final 17 on the first season of The X Factor. “The advice I have... More »
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