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Chris Rene to Cheer on X Factor Hopefuls at Austin Auditions Tomorrow

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( New York , NY ) – Today, Epic Records recording artist Chris Rene unveils the music video for his first single “Young Homie” on VEVO. Following his charismatic performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, “Young Homie” skyrocketed up the iTunes pop chart landing in the Top 20. The video for the feel-good, pop-driven track was shot in his hometown of Santa Cruz , CA by renowned director, Jeremy Rall (Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, Ludacris). The video gives viewers a snapshot of Chris’ hometown, the places and people Chris grew up with and the inspiration for the song.

“Young Homie,” produced by JR Rotem, is a fresh take on the original song penned by Chris became a fan favorite throughout X Factor’s debut season. Chris Rene won over America ’s hearts from day one with his inspirational story, charisma and original songs, finishing third overall. The road to success has not been an easy one. The Santa Cruz , California native has struggled with numerous addictions, but with the support of his family and drive to change his life, Chris made a decision to enter into rehab. With just 70 days sober under his belt, Chris took a leap of faith to pursue his dream and auditioned for The X Factor performing “Young Homie.” His audition and performance footage became the most watched out of all The X Factor contestants and has since seen over 25 million views on YouTube.

Tomorrow, Chris Rene will be in Austin , Texas surprising and hanging out with X Factor hopefuls at the auditions.

THE X FACTOR ( USA ) Season 2 audition sign up:

Open Call Auditions:
March 22nd Austin , TX .
April 20th San Francisco , CA
May 1st Greensboro , N Carolina
May 10th Providence , RI
Online Auditions at

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The X Factor
The X Factor was created by Syco Television and is co-produced by Syco and FremantleMedia. Artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 number ones, 270 top 10, and 501 top 50 releases. The X Factor launched in the US in fall 2011, on Fox, immediately becoming the number one unscripted show of the season. The X Factor also gave Fox victory in the November “sweep” among adults aged 18 to 49 for only the second time in the network’s history. The US version airs in 162 countries.

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The X Factor first launched in 2004 in the UK , Airing on ITV1, The X Factor has been the number one show in the UK for eight years, with the 2010 finale achieving a peak of 21.2 million viewers, and a 65% share. The 2011 finale, held at Wembley Arena in front of a live audience of 12,000, was the most watched TV show of the year, with a bigger audience than the Royal Wedding. Local versions of The X Factor air in 32 countries. Around the world, The X Factor has increased the average demographic for many broadcasters by up to 250%. In Denmark , it has been the number one show for the last four years, peaking with an 80% share of the audience. In Colombia , it has consistently ranked number one, with a 75% share of the audience. In countries such as Greece, Hungary , The Netherlands , France and Italy, The X Factor consistently delivers a 50% to 65% share of viewing audiences.