January 18th, 2012
03:58 PM ET
As we've learned from more than one reality competition over the past few years, just because you don't win the grand prize doesn't mean you're going to lose out on a shot at a singing career.
Although "X Factor's" Chris Rene was a runner-up to the show's first season winner Melanie Amaro, he's joining the singer at Epic Records nonetheless, a rep from the label tells CNN.
"I've dreamt about this moment my whole life," Rene has told Entertainment Weekly. "And now it's here. Working with L.A. Reid - 'Big Homie' - is a dream come true."
And that's not all: Reid, who's the Chairman/CEO of the label, has also snapped up "X Factor" contenders Astro (real name Brian Bradley) and Marcus Canty.
Astro, a 15-year-old rapper from Brooklyn, says in the statement that he intends to prove L.A. Reid was right when he said the young MC was a star.
Canty adds of his new deal in the statement, “I am very blessed and grateful to God for the opportunity to become a part of the Epic family. I am excited about working with my mentor L.A. Reid, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work."
Future contestants should take note: Clearly Reid is the "X Factor" judge to win over.
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