Chris Rene Already a YouTube Sensation

September 28, 2011

It was just last Thursday night that United States' edition of "The X Factor" aired the audition of Chris Rene, and in the few days since, interest on YouTube has been very high in the 28-year-old. Rene, 70 days sober post-rehab, performed a self-written song called, "Young Homie."

"Chris Rene" is the top rising search in the U.S. over the past seven days and, interestingly, searches hit their highest peak on Monday. The video of Rene's performance, which was posted by "The X Factor," has been seen over 2.6 million times and is averaging over a quarter of a million views per day.

Even though the episode is less than a week old, YouTube musicians have already begun posting covers of the song. Here's a selection of five in a playlist: