Idol's Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone Get Ringing Endorsement from
'X Factor's' Chris Rene
"I know how you feel,
too, because I did that whole thing," says the 29-year-old rapper
in a personal message to the girls.
11:04 PM PDT 3/15/2012
by Shirley Halperin, Portia Medina
and "Daaayum!" was how X Factor finalist Chris Rene reacted
after seeing Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone perform on American
Idol during Whitney Houston week. Although brand-loyal to the show
that launched his career, the 29-year-old Santa Cruz native was so
impressed with the girls' singing chops, he's become a vocal fan and
insisted THR pass along a video message.
"You guys rock," he declares in the clip, adding, "I
know how you feel, too, because I did that whole thing."
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Indeed, he came in third on X Factor's inaugural season, beating addiction
and thousands of hopefuls for the coveted slot.
As for his own history with Simon Cowell's former stomping ground,
Rene told The Hollywood Reporter last year that fellow Santa Cruzer
and Idol season 10 finalist James Durbin was a main motivator for
his own X Factor try-out. "I saw his picture in the paper and
I'm like, ‘OK, Chris, step it up because this is what you're
born to do,'" said Rene in Nov. 2011. "That’s the
whole reason I'm here now.”
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And in another curious Idol-X Factor twist, Idol season 8 semifinalist
Alex Lambert, who was eliminated one week shy of the Top 12 to loud
and persistent protest by fans, is said to have co-written a song
on Rene's debut album, due out in late Spring or early Summer on Epic