On tonight's final episode of 'X Factor,' fan favorite Chris Rene went the crooner route to sing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It showed viewers a different side of Rene's smooth R&B and hip-hop lite style. With his black cap and suit, he looked like a modern day Rat Packer, albeit with an edge. It's like there is a shining star inside of Rene and the emanates from within.

Rene took a classic Christmas song and stylized it the Chris Rene way. It was fantastic and warm, like he was singing by the fire, while chestnuts roast and steam rises from mugs of hot cocoa.

There is no denying that Chris Rene shines. Even if he doesn't win the competition, he will still have a career. He has his finger on the pulse of what the pop music community likes and wants with his music, especially his original raps.

He told Steve Jones, through tears, that winning "would mean too many good, beautiful things." He said the recording contracts would bring "infinite possibilities that could create change for me and people that I know." When Rene's young son appeared in the news package after he performed, he said, "I love you daddy!" There was not a dry eye in the house. We shed a tear or two, as well.

Watch Chris Rene Perform 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'