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Chris Rene Reaches 'The X-Factor' Top 32; Sister Gina Falls Short

It's still not over for the male half of the Santa Cruz Rene sibling duo on FOX's primetime hit "The X-Factor."

It was just Wednesday night that America l on Simon Cowell's newest talent-scouting hit "The X-Factor."

Just 24 hours later, the pool of 100 has been pared down to 32 and with the reduction came the casualty of Gina, for whom the show's boot camp round was slightly too competitive. 

In the episode's second hour, the lot, which had dwindled down to 65, was split into four categories: boys, girls, groups and singers over 30-years-old. Eight finalists from each of those divisions were then chosen as the show's top 32. 

fell into the boys category. Following seven names that were not his own, Rene heard the judges call him out as the last finalist to make the cut, proving his rendition of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police was good enough for now.

"I’m speechless, but happy. So happy," he said.

In the over-30 partition, Gina's name went uncalled. Instead, the final spot went to the vocally-over-the-top Stacy Francis.

Each judge was selected to personally mentor one of the four groups. Chris's boys category will learn under the tutelage of industry mogul L.A. Reid, who next week will downsize his class from eight to four.

Be sure to watch the video above to see Chris and Gina sing Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" along with other contestants. Stay tuned to Patch as Rene continues his journey on FOX.

Did you watch? Were you sad to see Gina go? Do you think Chris has a shot as the top 16 and live performance shows? Tell us in the comments!

Jacob Bourne October 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Chris, thanks for sharing the site. Here's a link to the studio version of his song "Young Homie." http://capitola.patch.com/articles/listen-chris-renes-young-homie
Rosanna October 14, 2011 at 03:35 AM
are you kidding me? that was not music to my ears. that sucked more than james durbin! dear god what's wrong with america, worse yet, what's wrong with santa cruz?

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