Simon Cowell signs X Factor’s Fleur East to his Syco record label

Well, there's a surprise...


by Owen Tonks |
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Remember when Ben Haenow won The X Factor last year and everyone screamed a collective “WHAT THE”?

Well, yes, that wasn’t just a dream and Ben did in fact triumph over Fleur East despite Simon Cowell’s best attempts to hide that she was pretty much his favourite.

So it's now time for possibly the most unsurprising-but-all-very-nice-just-the-same news story of the year – Fleur has signed to Simon’s record label Syco.

Not being a winner of The X Factor doesn’t mean you’re going to be a failure in the charts (oh, hi One Direction) so Fleur still stands a pretty good chance of carving out a successful career.

And even though Ben beat Fleur in the public vote every week in the last series of the show, this goes to prove it doesn’t matter what the viewers think. Nice.

Fleur’s contract was finalised last week and it’s the first time the head judge of an ITV talent show will be personally overseeing the career of a second-place act, according to The Sun.

An insider told the paper: “It’s unprecedented for Simon to personally sign one of the runners-up. But it’s a sign he believes Fleur is going to be a massive star.”

It’s a match made in music heaven...

GALLERY: The X Factor 2014 finalists from the judges' houses stage of the competition


X Factor 2014 24 finalists

The Boys - Andrea Faustini1 of 24

The Boys - Andrea Faustini

Age: 20From: Rome, Italy

Danny Dearden2 of 24

Danny Dearden

Age 23From: Rochdale

Paul Akister3 of 24

Paul Akister

Age: 25From: Lancashire

Jordan Morris4 of 24

Jordan Morris

Age: 20From: London

Jake Quickenden5 of 24

Jake Quickenden

Age: 26From: Scunthorpe

Jack Walton6 of 24

Jack Walton

Age 18From: Townville

The Girls - Lola Saunders7 of 24

The Girls - Lola Saunders

Age: 20From: Southshields

Stephanie Nala8 of 24

Stephanie Nala

Age: 20From: Hertfordshire

Emily Middlemas9 of 24

Emily Middlemas

Age: 15From: Glasgow

Chloe Jasmine10 of 24

Chloe Jasmine

Age: 24From: West London

Lauren Platt11 of 24

Lauren Platt

Age: 16From: Essex

Kerrianne Covell12 of 24

Kerrianne Covell

Age: 23From: Teeside

The Overs - Helen Fulthorpe13 of 24

The Overs - Helen Fulthorpe

Age: 33From: Cardiff

Fleur East14 of 24

Fleur East

Age: 26From: East London

Lizzy Pattinson15 of 24

Lizzy Pattinson

Age: 31From: Barnes

Jay James16 of 24

Jay James

Age: 31From: Sandersfoot, Wales

Stevi Ritchie17 of 24

Stevi Ritchie

Age: 34From: Essex

Ben Haenow18 of 24

Ben Haenow

Age: 29From: Croydon

The Groups - Only The Young19 of 24

The Groups - Only The Young

Concept20 of 24


New Girl Band21 of 24

New Girl Band

The Brooks22 of 24

The Brooks

New Boy Band23 of 24

New Boy Band

Blonde Electric24 of 24

Blonde Electric

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