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'X Factor' USA Chris Rene to release audition song 'Young Homie'?

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X Factor USA contestant Chris Rene has said that he is open to the idea of releasing his audition song 'Young Homie' in the future.

Rene wowed the judges with his original rap which detailed his recovery from addiction during the first-ever audition episode. He co-wrote the track with sister Gina Rene who also auditioned for the show but was cut at the Boot Camp stage.

X Factor USA Top 9: Chris Rene

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When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he would ever release the track, he said: "The feedback I've gotten is that people are waiting for it to come out on iTunes but I have to re-record it no matter [what] happens in this competition."

The singer added that he would like to produce the track himself, explaining: "If they wanted to get some big producer on it, I'd have to pay for it so I could just do it myself and make it exactly how I want it to sound.

"I produced that and it touched millions of people, so I see no reason to not produce it myself."

Watch Chris Rene performing 'Young Homie' during his audition below:



X Factor's Top 9 took to the stage again on Tuesday night for a Thanksgiving-themed episode which saw each of the remaining acts giving thanks to someone who had made a difference in their lives.

Rene chose to thank his rehab counselor Tim, saying that he had saved his life. He detailed how he had crashed his car a few months ago and nearly died, and it prompted him to take a taxi straight from the hospital to the rehab center where he met Tim.

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Rene put his own twist on The Beatles classic 'Let It Be' during his performance, which then morphed into his own 'Young Homie'.

Nicole Scherzinger pointed out the "powerfulness" of his music, saying he is an "example and blessing" in the competition, while Paula Abdul said it was "so nice to see [him] get back to where we fell in love with you in the first place".

Simon Cowell said that he didn't think The Beatles song worked but 'Young Homie' reminded everyone of why they like him so much. He added that Rene might have helped thousands of others in the same place realize they can turn their lives around.

Rene's mentor LA Reid simply said: "I believe in you."

X Factor continues tonight (November 23) at 8/7c on Fox

Watch Chris Rene performing 'Let It Be' and 'Young Homie' below:



Browse pictures from this week's performance show below:

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