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Simon Cowell Signs ‘X Factor’ Finalists 5 After Midnight

Well, it looks as though you don’t have to actually win The X Factor to win The X Factor, although I suppose that isn’t exactly anything new. Following in the footsteps of 2010 third-place finishers One Direction, 2016 third-place finishers 5 After Midnight have signed with Simon Cowell and his record label, Syco Records.

Although the group wasn’t his act — instead belonging to mentor Louis Walsh in the Groups category — Cowell reportedly sees dollar signs with the young men — Kieran Alleyne, Nathan Lewis and Jordan Lee.

“Out of all the artists he thinks 5AM have the biggest gap in the market to play with,” a source told The Mirror. “There are very few boybands around at the moment and even fewer urban boybands who dance.”

Simon Cowell Signs 'X Factor' Finalists 5 After Midnight

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This makes the boys the second act to be signed to a record deal, other than winner Matt Terry, as fifth-place finisher Honey G earned herself a one-track deal (with the option of a full-blown record deal, if the single performs well).

“I am ecstatic to announce I have been Signed by SYCO, Simon Cowells record label and will be releasing my first single on 23rd December,” Honey G announced last week. So it looks like she’ll be competing with Matt Terry to be the first X Factor finalist in two years to hold the Christmas No. 1, following in the footsteps of Ben Haenow, who topped the charts with “Something I Need” in 2014.

But outside of the race for Christmas No. 1, it’s encouraging to know that 5 After Midnight’s hard work paid off. Now, all we need is for Saara Aalto to get signed. Here’s hoping!

What do you think about 5 After Midnight getting a record deal? Who else from this year’s Top 12 deserves a record deal? Sound off in the comments!

And for more X Factor news, get the shocking vote totals for the ENTIRE season of The X Factor UK 2016!

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