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‘X Factor’ Contestants Chris Rene + Astro Sign With Epic Records

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Melanie Amaro may have walked off with the top prize of $5 million and the title of ‘X Factor‘ winner, but third runner-up Chris Rene and fan favorite Astro have both signed deals with their mentor L.A. Reid’s Epic Records. It proves you needn’t be the winner to enjoy the spoils.

Rene told EW that he has inked the contract with Epic, which we knew would happen given the singer’s marketability, his underdog history surrounding his battle with drugs and his deft mixture of hip-hop with R&B. “I’ve dreamt about this moment my whole life,” Rene told the publication. “And now it’s here. Working with L.A. Reid — ‘Big Homie’ – is a dream come true; he’s a great man.” Congrats, Chris! We cannot wait to hear your Epic debut.

Rapper Astro, who was voted off earlier in the season and seemed like a lock to sign with Jay-Z‘s label, is also expected to discuss his new contract with Epic today via RapFix Live, according to MTV. Astro was also mentored by Reid, so the mentor is certainly taking care of his boys!

So what about Drew and second runner-up Josh Krajcik? Where will they end up? Hopefully signed, sealed and delivered sooner than later.

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