Meet 'The X Factor' finalist: Chris Rene

As "The X Factor" voting is now in the hands of the viewers, it seems an appropriate time to give fans insight into the finalists. Zap2it will continue to highlight the remaining acts while finding out more about their background, musical styles and experiences on the singing competition.So here are a few things you probably didn't know about Chris Rene:Age: 28Hometown: Santa Cruz, CACoach: L.A. ReidMusical influences: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Kanye West, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Tina TurnerFavorite Album: "Recovery" - EminemOn how friendly nudging got him to reconsider his musical path: For a long while people would tell me, "Why aren't you on one of those competition singing shows?" They would say, "Why isn't your music on the radio?" They'd be asking me, "Why, why, why?" And I'm like, "I like music. I make music. I haven't met the right people yet." And so it was like pressure to me. I...

'X Factor's' Rachel Crow on her future: 'I would love to be the triple threat'

In was an emotional night Thursday (Dec. 8) on "The X Factor." And, amidst much controversy, Rachel Crow was sent packing. But now that she's off the show, what does the future hold for the 13-year-old?"Sleep. Sleep. Sleep," she says without any hesitation. But on a more serious tone, she says she's looking to start her show business career in earnest. For this she has big plans."I would love to be the triple threat (actress, singer, dancer). That would be amazing for me," Crow says. She adds as far as what she'd like to sing, "Pop is my thing. But I like the retro kinda '50s pop feel. I want to make a new genre of music."And Simon Cowell, her mentor on the show, seems to concur that could easily be in the future for the Colorado teen."She's a 360 artist. I'm absolutely convinced that she'll end up on Nickelodeon or Disney," Cowell says. "I...

'X Factor's' Nicole Scherzinger on Rachel Crow: 'I let her down'

Sometimes gentility can get the better of you. And that's exactly what happened to Nicole Scherzinger during Thursday's (Dec. 8) elimination round on "The X Factor." The judge and former reality show contestant voted to send 13-year-old Rachel Crow home, thereby creating a 2-2 deadlock on the panel. This left it up to the public, who ultimately kept Marcus Canty for another week. This result dropped Crow to her knees and sent a sobbing Scherzinger to the dressing room amidst a chorus of boos.But to hear Scherzinger explain her logic, it was simply a way to bring a dignified end to Canty's run on the show. It was an effort that backfired."This is [Canty's] third time in the bottom. And Rachel's never been in the bottom," Scherzinger says. "So the probability was that America would have sent Marcus home."Scherzinger then explains her emotional response when the total votes saved Canty and gave Crow the hook."I...

Nicole Scherzinger Inconsolable After Rachel Crow's 'X Factor' Elimination

Sources connected to the production said Nicole bolted right for her dressing room and was 'inconsolable' about the situation.

'X Factor's' Rachel Crow on Her Elimination, Breakdown: 'It Definitely Hurt Bad'

It’s a moment that will be forever ingrained in  X Factor  history: when thw weight of rejection sent Rachel   Crow , the 13-year-old fearless frontrunner who was a key member of head judge  Simon Cowell ’s team, down to her knees. Tied in a deadlock, no judge had the deciding vote, although Nicole Scherzinger  got the bulk of the blame, with calls for her dismissal reaching a new level of fury and frustration. Read More...

Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow Sing Their Survival Songs on December 8, 2011 [VIDEO]

Marcus Canty sings Mary J. Blige's "I'm Goin' Down" but doesn't. Rachel Crow sings Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind." Two excellent songs. Best sing-off yet?

VIDEO: Chris Rene Sings Original Song "Where" on The X Factor, December 7, 2011

Chris Rene proves that he deserves to be in this competition with an original song for his second performance.

VIDEO: Josh Krajcik Sings "Something" by The Beatles on The X Factor, December 7, 2011

Second performance of the night and, for once, we can agree with Nicole. Josh Krajcik = Magic.

VIDEO: Rachel Crow Sings Michael Jackson's "Music and Me" on The X Factor, December 7, 2011

Rachel chooses an MJ song for her second performance of the night — and according to the judges, she chose wisely!

VIDEO: Marcus Canty Sings "A Song For You" on The X Factor, December 7, 2011

Marcus gives his all during his second performance of this Ray Charles song. Will it be enough to avoid being in the bottom two again?