Chris Rene ended up finishing third in the first ever season of The X Factor USA and he revealed that he will never forget that very first audition, where he wowed the judges with a performance of his very own song. The 29 year old musician become an overnight star following that performance and he admitted that having that chance has changed his life forever.
Rene explained, "Let me tell you, I had nothing to lose at that point. In that kind of life that I'd been living, you've got a lot to lose. You have your life you could lose on a daily basis. And being clean and sober, fresh out of rehab - whether I was in the spotlight or wherever - that chance to be on the stage and show them who I was, that meant more to me than anything.”
He added, "I did not have fear about it at all; I only had happiness about it. I was proud that I actually had the guts to go up there and audition, straight out of rehab. I can't say that it boosted my confidence, but it gave more meaning to my music, you know?"
Chris concluded, "I had two months clean and sober - 70 days - when I was on that stage, so I had to change the lyrics which had originally been ‘three years’ to ‘two months.’ And I was not ashamed to do that. I was actually happy because I knew someone out there might be going through the same thing as me." The X Factor creator Simon Cowell has previously admitted that he believes that Chris Rene is set to become a huge star.