For his second song of the night on “The X Factor,” Chris Rene performed another original number, this one titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” Remember, he also auditioned with an original number, “Young Homey.” It was a huge risk – that paid off big time.

We know it should not be a surprise that someone performs better on their own material than they do on cover songs, but it still is kind of a surprise for us. Rene turns in so-so performances most weeks – not bad, but nothing spectacular. Then he does his own songs and it’s like he’s on a whole other level from the other contestants. He’s like a bona fide star already.

The judges were extremely complimentary. Even Simon pulled his patented switcheroo, where he fakes out by acting like he’s going to criticize, but then zigs and says it was a “stroke of genius.”

What did you think, “X Factor” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."