'X Factor's' Chris Rene, Astro, Marcus Canty sign with Epic
January 18th, 2012
03:58 PM ET

'X Factor's' Chris Rene, Astro, Marcus Canty sign with Epic

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.

Filed under: Music • X Factor

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  2. Nágela

    And Drew???

    January 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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    Bunch of no talent Idol wannabees. Cancel this stupId show. Amer Idol is king!

    January 19, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
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  5. Yaiyo1962

    Kris and Marcus are horrible. Asto is creative. Rachel was better than them all. LA Reid is old. He doesn't have a clue.

    January 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank W.

      Racheal is with Disney and is being well taken care of... Secondly Marcus was an Amazing talent on the show and they will all be successful.

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    What fool signed the Moron Astro? He is rude, disrespectful and a low class loser. He will never get a hit. I agree with Chris and Marcus. They were wonderful and entertaining. Something Moron Astro knows nothing about.

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    I'm so Happy For Chris and Marcus 🙂 Chris was my favorite guy on X Factor and Marcus was my Second favorite Guy on the X Factor 🙂

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