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Annie Barrett
December 21, 2011 AT 07:18 PM EST

By Thursday night, one of these people who do not want to show us their teeth will be the winner of a $5 million recording contract, the chance to star in a Pepsi commercial, and the very best of Steve Jones’ awkwardly overwhelming bear hugs!

While big-diva-voiced Melanie Amaro (center) and Joe Cocker-esque wailer Josh Krajcik (right) have the purest vocals, rapper and recovering drug addict Chris Rene has been on the rise for the past two weeks, playing guitar on an original tune (“Where Do We Go From Here,” indeed) and winning hearts with his hard-knocked backstory and general likability.

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