Winning the UK’s biggest televised talent show isn’t necessary for a successful star-studded career in showbiz, if two of last year’s acts are anything to go by.
Neither Aiden Grimshaw nor the boy band One Direction made it to the final two in The X Factor (although One Direction came third), but both acts are looking at lucrative record deals.
MTV reports that 19-year-old Grimshaw has “allegedly been told” that he could be in for a record deal with music mogul Simon Cowell, the man behind The X Factor (among others).
Grimshaw – a student from Blackpool in the North of England – came ninth in the 2010 contest. One notable moment in his tenure was his haunting rendering of the Tears for Fears hit “Mad World” (see video above).
Cowell said of that performance that he’d been “blown away” twice by a rendering of “Mad World,” and this had been one of them.
Although Grimshaw didn’t make the final eight in the competition, he was invited to join the 2011 tour after protests from Grimshaw fans.
One Direction are a five-member boy band made up of Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Zayn Malic. They finished in third place in the competition, and the Daily Mailreports that they are in the USA reportedly working on a new album.
The Mail quotes a Twitter post from Louis Tomlinson: “So excited to be in LA will tweet pictures when I can :) xx.”