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.