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X Factor’s Astro, Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene Get Sony Deals?

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Simon Cowell has revealed that several X Factor USA finalists will receive Sony Music record deals.

Cowell mentored Melanie Amaro (19) who eventually emerged victorious at the climax of the show’s inaugural season earlier this month. Winning automatically guaranteed her a $5 million recording contract.

But there was an awful lot of talent around in the finalists. Music mogul Simon Cowell has since said that runner-up Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene who came third will most likely also be signed to the label, as will fellow Top 12 finalist Biran “Astro” Bradley, who was eliminated from the competition in seventh place.

Cowell explained that there is a lot of interest in a lot of the artists. Obviously, not all of the acts could be signed. But as he put it:

“You’re not going to let Astro go. You’re not going to let Chris [Rene] go [or] let Josh go. We’d be mad. But she [Melanie Amaro] is the priority.”

Cowell’s Syco Music company, to which all X Factor contestants are contractually bound has a deal with Sony Music, which includes the Epic, Columbia and RCA labels, with the acts able to sign to any label within the group.

So things will work out very well for several of the fans’ favorite finalists from the inaugural X Factor USA. Next season, Simon Cowell has promised a “bloodbath” where there will be many changes made in order to keep the show fresh and attempt to win the ratings war.

2 Responses to “X Factor’s Astro, Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene Get Sony Deals?”

  1. John Duke says:

    Ah Marci, your just a sore loser, before xfactor,Melanie put all of her effort into crafting her voice… whoa,, it paid off.. Chris R, X drug addict and canvas for tatoo artists , just is not in the same catagory talent as melanie , Chris,hes a poor vocalist and poet and hes got a wimpy faggy voice. Josh has a masculine sounding voice, powerful and you can feel him, hell do fine without the 5 million, they all got national TV exposure and that will pay off greatly to launch there musical endevours.. Melanie is a superstar and she will be around musically for decades and most likely all of her life, congrats to Melanie.


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  2. Marci says:

    I am so glad to hear that Josh and Chris will be getting record deals. They were the real artists in the final 3. Melanie just had a beautiful voice, like so many female singers.

    Josh and Chris were real artist who were plying their trades with limited success. They each responded to this limited success in different ways, dependent upon the sum of their life experiences.

    Josh’s interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is the best I have ever heard. Better even than the versions I have listened to on-line by Leonard Cohen himself. I hope that Josh will do a full lyric version in the future (realizing that there were time constraints on X-Factor).

    What can I say about Chris Rene. He blended the required renditions of other artists with his own creations. He did an excellent job of blending them. His “Young Homie” and other creations show that he must have had an epiphany during re-hab. He is just what the dis-affected and down-trodden members of our society need to give them hope.

    I am glad that I listened to X-Factor this season or I would not be so readily aware of Josh and Chris, who I would go to see in concert in a NY minute. But I feel that rather than the $5 million plus Pepsi commercial prize was unfair. I feel that $2 million + Pepsi commercial for first place, $2 million for second place and $1 million for third place would be more fair. I don’t think I will listen to X-Factor next season if they have the same prize schedule.



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