Former ‘X Factor’ Finalist Chris Rene Predicts This Season’s Final Three: Carly Rose, Vino Alan & Diamond White

The talented and inspirational Chris Rene — who is best known for placing third on the first season of The X Factor — watched and chatted with delighted fans in ConnecTV during the show Nov. 28.

Still an avid fan of the music competition that put him on the map, Chris, 29, wasn’t shy to predict who he thinks will make it to the final three this season:

He couldn’t stop raving about 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar‘s show-stopping performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”:

 Meanwhile, even though he considers Vino Alan “his man,” Chris expressed frustration with the song the 40-year-old performer’s mentor, LA Reid, chose for him — “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”:

Chris also offered insight to what it’s like to be a The X Factor contestant and what challenges are hardest:

What advice does Chris have for the final eight contestants who are still competing for the $5 million recording contract?

Of course, the most important thing for all artists — The X Factor contestants included — is to stay inspired:

The conversation also turned to Chris’s current projects — like his upcoming music, tour and book:

Chris, a Santa Cruz, Calif. native, revealed what song will be on his next album and even dished about some of his dream collaborations:

In fact, Chris even admitted he’d love to work with one of this season’s The X Factor contestants, David Correy:

Chris’s supportive fans, aka “Renelians,” had the opportunity to chat one-on-one with their hero and ask him questions, like what has been the highlight of his year:

And his resolution for 2013:

Chris also spoked sweetly about his family, particularly his four-year-old son, Ryan, who already has an infinity for music — just like his dad!

The evening chat ended on a high note, with Chris thanking his fans for joining and encouraging them to “love life,” which are the words he has tattooed on his fingers.

Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter (@MrChrisRene) to get all the latest on his music and career. Plus, come chat The X Factor every Wednesday and Thursday with fellow fans in ConnecTV!