'X Factor' Finalist Chris Rene Breaks Down Backstage Talking About His Late Father Backstage

Thu, December 15, 2011 8:00am EST by 4 Comments

Watch Chris’ emotional performance here & find out what he told HollywoodLife.com backstage!

The X Factor is famous for delivering emotional moments, and the FOX reality phenomenon added one more to its list Dec. 14 when finalist Chris Rene dedicated his performance of “No One” to his late father, Rafael Rene. “I think he was in the crowd,” Chris, 28, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively after the taping.

When we asked what he pulled from his dad for his performance, he simply replied, “Happiness — just happiness for me! Passion for life!”

A recovering alcoholic, Chris told us he’s been sober for “7 months and 24 days,” and his plans to maintain his sobriety are simple: “Stay in the moment and be thankful. That’s it!”

And with the holidays fast approaching, Chris told us he has “a special gift” in store for his kids and their mother, Melissa.

Watch Chris’ emotional performance of “No One” below:

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— Reporting by Russ Weakland

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Posted at 12:04 PM on December 15, 2011  

Chris you are pure magic! Your dad is looking down from heaven at you as a proud father! Your love life souljahs are proud of you too. You amaze us!

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Posted at 10:54 AM on December 15, 2011  

We Love you Chris Rene!! Your dad will be SO Proud of you!!! You are a TRUE Inspiration to people all over the WORLD!!! You are Amazing Chris.. Keep onn being You!! Much Love! <3

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Tracy Lynne

Posted at 9:10 AM on December 15, 2011  

Way to go Chris, you did it again. We have come to expect noting less. Your talent is immeasurable and we have a lifetime to see everything you have in store for us.

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Posted at 9:08 AM on December 15, 2011  

If you’ve been a fan of Chris Rene all along, as I have, you know this is a man whose heart is on his sleeve, and embedded in the lyrics of his original music. He is able to be real, stays true to himself musically as much as possible as a contestant, and always brings his heart to the stage. Last night was no exception and let me ask the readership this, isn’t your Dad an emotional trigger for you? That’s what Chris does, he reminds us about being vulnerable and human. Chris Rene for the WIN!

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